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The students and faculty applaud as Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin W. Concannon stepped up to the podium to present the Gold Award of Distinction to the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.  The school is the first Washington, D.C. to achieve the gold Award of Distinction from the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). They will now hold the certification and distinction for four years. The goal of the HUSSC is to improve the health of the Nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments. The challenge criteria include four major elements. (U.S. Department of Agriculture photo by Lance Cheung)

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin at the Joint Budget Oversight Hearing for Public Education

June 04, 2020
  • Chelsea Coffin

On June 4, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education at the Joint Budget Oversight Hearing for FY21.

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Chelsea Coffin

Director of the Education Policy Initiative
D.C. Policy Center

Chelsea Coffin joined the D.C. Policy Center in September 2017 as the Director of the Education Policy Initiative. Her research focuses on how schools connect to broader dynamics in the District of Columbia. She has authored reports on diversity in D.C.’s schools, the D.C. schools with the best improvement for at-risk students, and the transition after high school in D.C. Chelsea has also conducted planning analysis at the D.C. Public Charter School Board, carried out research at the World Bank, and taught secondary school with the Peace Corps in Mozambique.

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in International Economics and Development.

You can reach Chelsea at chelsea@dcpolicycenter.org.