January 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Jacobson re-elected as D.C. school board president
Jack Jacobson, gay news, Washington Blade

Jack Jacobson was re-elected president of the D.C. State Board of Education. (Photo courtesy of Jacobson)

Gay education advocate and former Dupont Circle ANC commissioner Jack Jacobson was re-elected unanimously by his colleagues on Jan. 20 as president of the D.C. State Board of Education for a second one-year term.

Jacobson won election as a member of the board in 2012 as its Ward 2 representative. One year ago, when elected for the first time as board president, he became the city’s highest-ranking openly gay elected official.

Also re-elected to the position of vice president of the State Board of Education was Karen Williams of Ward 7.

“Together with our talented colleagues, we look forward to serving as your voice in the District on education-related matters,” Jacobson said in a statement.

He noted in his statement that the board this year expects to finalize an update to the D.C. public school system’s health education standards, which, among other things, include requirements that students as early as the third grade be taught about sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Since joining the Board, my number one goal has been providing the District’s students with more rigorous skills-based health education to help them make healthy choices on issues ranging from nutrition to sexual consent, drug use to suicide and more,” Jacobson said in his statement. “As Board president, I look forward to seeing this through to its conclusion.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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