Acting on Community Knowledge
Learning → Developing → Implementing
Education is the most important issue facing our city. When we get education right, we lower crime, decrease poverty, improve economic development, and attract jobs to our community. I am running for re-election because I believe we must do more for our kids. We must focus on the most crucial issues and stay accountable to our students by ensuring they are prepared for life after graduation. Together we can bridge the gap between our shared aspirations and the reality many of our children face every single day.
After four years of service on the Board I want to continue to apply everything I’ve learned. From policy ins and outs to key contacts, the relationships and knowledge base I’ve gained will be incredibly helpful in efficiently moving us forward over the next four years.
In my first term, I have worked to reduce those systemic disparities in academic performance and suspensions, and empower each school community to decide what is needed for their students. We have seen the gains across the district for graduation rates, including some really big gains for our students with special needs and students of color. While we still have more to do in this area, we’re headed in the right direction.
We have the power to create better outcomes for our kids. Governance is exceedingly important, and is effective by leading from a set of values and articulating those into a vision for our schools. Imagine a safe, supportive, rigorous school for every child in our district. We can accomplish that together!
We have to get serious
I was the only board member to vote no on this year’s budget because it did not clearly identify the way it would target resources to the students that need it the most.
We also need to increase the number of teachers of color throughout the district. Diversifying our workforce is crucial to removing the systemic bias students of color face on a daily basis. One successful program that does this which I have supported is the Grow Your Own initiative, a successful program which helps associate educators already within our schools become teachers in our classrooms. This is an option currently in front of the Board, and I believe we should increase funding for it.
I bring perspectives that no one else brings to the table.
- Youth, energy, and relevant insight
- Community leader without kids in the school