Gray (D) said in a statement that Aguirre is a natural choice to direct OSSEs efforts to ensure every child in the District has access to a high-quality public education. OSSE is responsible for policies that affect students from early childhood to adult education in the citys traditional and charter schools. It administers federal grants and college tuition assistance, conducts an annual school enrollment census and oversees the administration of standardized tests. Established by the same 2007 law that ushered in mayoral control of the schools, OSSE has been plagued by high staff turnover and has often struggled to find its footing. Charter-school advocates have pushed back against its attempts to craft citywide policies on discipline and other issues, arguing that charters are not subject to such regulation. Aguirre is familiar with charters desire for independence, according to Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith, whose office oversees OSSE. Aguirre and his wife both Teach for America alumni co-founded and operated an Arizona charter school for a decade.
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Malala Yousafzai: Portrait of education activist put on display
The schoolgirl became the focus of global attention after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last year. The story of Malala Yousafzai Girls defy the Taliban in Pakistan Malala was 15 when gunmen jumped onto her school bus and shouted her name, scaring other girls into identifying her, in the attack in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The Taliban's actions sparked massive protests in Pakistan and condemnation worldwide. Since recovering from brain surgery in Britain, Malala has continued her high-profile efforts to improve access to education for everyone. She celebrated her 16th birthday at the United Nations in New York, where she delivered an emotional plea for all children to have the right to go to school. Yeo first met Malala and her family in April 2013, when she had just started school in England and was still recovering from her life-threatening injuries, the gallery said in a news release.
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