In the District of Columbia, less than a third of children are rated as “college and career ready” despite recent test gains, and it was recently revealed that lack of oversight over our schools has allowed widespread misrepresentation of student truancy and graduation rates. Ward 5 is the largest of DC’s eight wards, accounting for approximately 14% of the District’s school age children, where less than 20% of students are meeting proficiency standards and, similar to other areas in the District, some schools have fraudulently misrepresented thousands of student records. 

We can do better. We must do better. 

Therefore, I ask you to join me in charting a new path for DC's State Board of Education and its students. 

Ward 5 deserves trusted leadership and a representative on the School Board that is deeply invested in improving the life outcomes of all of our students, especially those who have been most underserved.

As a third generation educator, former award-winning teacher, business owner, and founder/leader of a social activism non-profit, I stand uniquely ready to serve Ward 5 and bring about real change and results to improve our schools.

We need better leader and teacher training, greater oversight and evaluation of DC schools by the State Board of Education, increased school autonomy, improved collaboration between schools and community stakeholders, and the maintenance of high learning standards that promises a path toward college and careers for our students.

Thanks in advance for your support. 


Zachary Parker

State Board of Education Ward 5 Representative, Candidate


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “This is just the first step in what I envision to be a long and prosperous career in public. You have the ability to talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch. It's a rare gift, but a necessary one. Oh, and you genuinely care about the future of our young folks. With that being, I endorse Zachary Parker for DC'S State Board of Education!”

  • endorsed

    “I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Zachary over the past two years. He’s deeply invested in data driven instructional practices that can move student achievement and has assisted teachers in classrooms across the district in doing just that. He is deeply invested in our students and their opportunities for access to high quality educational experiences and I know he will be a great asset to the State Board Education.”

  • endorsed

    “I am so proud to support Mr. Parker for DC State Board of Education. It is vital to have people like him in a position of influence to exact change and advocate for all children.”

  • endorsed

    “I know he's passionate about the community!”

  • endorsed

    “As a school leader that has worked with Zachary over many years, I can wholeheartedly endorse the candidacy of Zachary Parker. His commitment to education and children surpasses most. His student focused approach to education is based on data and goals that "zero in" on successful student outcomes.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zachary for his continuous work and leadership in developing educators in order to best serve all children.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zachary Parker due to his unwavering support and activism for children and teachers to have the resources, tools and support to educate the next generation!”

  • endorsed

    “As a parent of two young children, I'm proud to support Zachary Parker. He is truly concerned with the education of the students and have their best interest at heart!”

  • endorsed

    “Zachary and I started our careers in education together almost ten years ago, since that time he has been a champion for the needs of students and educators. I look forward to the excellent work he will do in the DC area!”

  • endorsed

    “He is a committed, passionate advocate for the education of our black and brown students. Through our partnership with him via Achievement Network, I have witness his zeal for excellence and attention to detail in regards to student outcomes. I have no doubt that he would be an asset to the educational community; as he already has been.”

August 24, 2018

Help me reach our $30K benchmark!

Supporter,

During a time where more than 70% of Ward 5 students are not proficient in reading and math, we need a competent and qualified advocate on the State Board of Education. In order to ensure our victory in November, we must have the resources to knock on doors, advertise, and get our message out to voters. We're currently $375 away from our $30,000 benchmark. 

Please consider donating again if you have not yet reached the $200 limit, even if only $10 or $20. 

We have defied our opponents' and naysayers' expectations. We have outworked and raised more than our opposition -- because there is so much at stake in this election. 

When they go low and say a teacher cannot beat the political establishment, I borrow from a role model in saying, "Yes we can!"

Let me be clear, I do not take your support lightly. I am humbled and grateful for your continued support of my campaign and DC education. Together, we will be victorious in November. Together, we will help chart a new path for DC students. 

In solidarity, 

Zach 

August 10, 2018

We're officially on the ballot

Friend, 

Yesterday, I submitted hundreds of signatures from Ward 5 residents to officially be on the ballot in November's general election. We are one step closer to helping chart a new path for DC students. 

I am proud to run as a 10-year educator who works with our schools every single day. I am even more proud to run a people-centered campaign, focused on the issues facing our students.

In the coming weeks and months, our team will reach every corner of our Ward -- and I need your continued support. 

Please consider donating again if you've donated under $200. 

Thanks for standing up for DC students and with me. 

Onward and upward, 

Zachary 

June 12, 2018

THANK YOU!

Supporter, 

The numbers are in from our first filing June 10 deadline! My opponent raised $5,399.88 and I raised $23,643.27 (with a $200 contribution max).

THANK YOU! 

We're not done and have a long road ahead. While we made a really strong showing in our first financial filing, the truth is that my opponent is politically connected and likely feels the need to raise less money (or even do the hard work of getting to know voters). 

We have sent a loud message that change has come to Ward 5 and we are serious about the change our students need and deserve.

We will continue pushing toward our $50,000 goal so we can hire volunteers, mail information to voters, criss cross across the Ward, effectively target our 90,000 residents and win in November! 

We welcome you to contribute again if you have not already reached the max donation. If you have maxed out, please consider forwarding our campaign site or drafting an email to friends and family. 

Thank you again. 

In Solidarity, 

Zachary 

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “This is just the first step in what I envision to be a long and prosperous career in public. You have the ability to talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch. It's a rare gift, but a necessary one. Oh, and you genuinely care about the future of our young folks. With that being, I endorse Zachary Parker for DC'S State Board of Education!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Zachary over the past two years. He’s deeply invested in data driven instructional practices that can move student achievement and has assisted teachers in classrooms across the district in doing just that. He is deeply invested in our students and their opportunities for access to high quality educational experiences and I know he will be a great asset to the State Board Education.”

  • endorsed

    “I am so proud to support Mr. Parker for DC State Board of Education. It is vital to have people like him in a position of influence to exact change and advocate for all children.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I know he's passionate about the community!”

  • endorsed

    “As a school leader that has worked with Zachary over many years, I can wholeheartedly endorse the candidacy of Zachary Parker. His commitment to education and children surpasses most. His student focused approach to education is based on data and goals that "zero in" on successful student outcomes.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zachary for his continuous work and leadership in developing educators in order to best serve all children.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zachary Parker due to his unwavering support and activism for children and teachers to have the resources, tools and support to educate the next generation!”

  • endorsed

    “As a parent of two young children, I'm proud to support Zachary Parker. He is truly concerned with the education of the students and have their best interest at heart!”

  • endorsed

    “Zachary and I started our careers in education together almost ten years ago, since that time he has been a champion for the needs of students and educators. I look forward to the excellent work he will do in the DC area!”

  • endorsed

    “He is a committed, passionate advocate for the education of our black and brown students. Through our partnership with him via Achievement Network, I have witness his zeal for excellence and attention to detail in regards to student outcomes. I have no doubt that he would be an asset to the educational community; as he already has been.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Zachary all of his life and I have seen him grow into a caring, compassionate and God fearing young man. He is passionate about education and our young people. He will do a phenomenal job!”

  • endorsed

    “School leadership comes in many forms. I believe Zachary Parker will acknowledge the power that parents, teachers, students, communities, staff, and administration all possess to make DC schools the best that they can be!”

  • endorsed

    “The children of DC deserve someone who gets them. Someone who understands who they are and believes in the limitless possibilities of who they will grow to be. I’ve witnessed Zachary be a catalyst for change in schools where the need was great. He absolutely has my endorsement for his run for DC’s State Board of Education!”

  • endorsed

    “Zachary Parker has played an intricate role in my growth as an educator. Through his work in DCPS schools he taught myself and so many how to reach for the depth and breadth of our content to help students critically think. He has the ability to pull the best out of educators and get results. I admire who Zachary is and what he has done in our school communities!”

  • endorsed

    “I’ve known Zachary Parker for many years now and his dedication to serving underprivileged communities is evident. This is only the beginning for him.”

  • endorsed

    “Zach is a dedicated leader, and truly the embodiment of servant leadership.”