The public school system in Washington, DC filled a position that has been dormant for over four years with the appointment of Joyanna Smith as its next Ombudsman. Smith will provide District residents with problem resolution services regarding education issues and also identify trends and potential problems, making reports to education stakeholders as required by statute.
"The main task is to provide conflict resolution services to families,
parents and students in all areas that affect student learning. We will
be a clearinghouse for all complaints, concerns and issues," Smith told WAMU.
"Essentially, I envision myself as a problem-solver." Smith graduated from Brown University and earned a JD at George Washington
University Law School. Her appointment began at the end of February 2014. (DC State Bd of Ed Press Release; WAMU.)
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