Public education is meant to help young people develop into active citizens who can participate and contribute to the democratic process and American society.
My vision for education in DC is grounded in what I have heard from parents and community members across Ward 6. I believe:
- Every student should have access to the high-quality, rigorous learning environment, that they need to be challenged and supported each day in order to graduate high school college and career ready, prepared to engage in civic and social life.
- All schools should have equity of resources and services; well-rounded curriculum and program offerings, both during the day and after-school; well-supported educators; effective leaders; and modern, safe, and healthy learning environments.
- Families and communities must be engaged in schools and have access to multiple high-quality public school choices, all across the city, that meet their needs.
- Our public education system policies, funding and practices should embrace transparency and equity, use data-based decision making, engage communities and families, and drive resources and supports to close the opportunity and achievement gaps.
I am running for re-election because I am committed to closing achievement and opportunity gaps and helping ensure that we have great schools in every neighborhood. Every DC student should have access to multiple high-quality learning environments and the supports that they need to graduate high school college and career ready prepared to engage in civic and social life.
While progress has been made across our school systems, we can’t stop rest on our accomplishments. Parents and community members across Ward 6 are rightly concerned that progress is not fast enough, that gaps have grown, and that we don’t have enough oversight and transparency to ensure that our system works well for every child.