Eight Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts students had the unique opportunity to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and various administrators in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 19.
The students are members of Patapsco’s Patriots Lead, a student organization focused on leadership development. The group consisted of: Emmett Poling, Akeal Evans, Alyssa Henderson, Milo Gray, Sarah Jones, Akil Atkins, Jordan Branch, and Jordan Manno.
They were escorted to Washington, D.C., to meet with ED leaders on April 19 by Sean McComb, a staff development teacher at Patapsco and a former National Teacher of the Year and Baltimore County Teacher of the Year.
The students shared presentations that they had developed at the request of various ED offices to provide student perspective and feedback on: the College Scorecard; using the Civil Rights Data Collection research and tools for impacting change; and increasing awareness and impact for Early FAFSA completion. Prior to making their presentations, the students met with Secretary DeVos to share their pride in their school and their concerns about public education. They also had the opportunity to ask her questions.
McComb documented the journey on his Twitterfeed, found at https://twitter.com/Mr_McComb/status/854889925115817985.