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, community members and students across Ward 6. Whether enrolled in a DCPS or public charter school, I believe:
- Every student should have access to high-quality, well-rounded learning experiences. Students 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. Every student should have the supports and resources to be successful in school. These supports and resources must be child-centered, evidenced-based, and reflective of the social-emotional and academic needs of the student.
- Families and communities must be engaged in meaningful ways to actively support and improve the learning, development and health of students.
- Our public education system policies, funding and practices should embrace transparency and accountability, use data-based decision making to drive resources and supports to close the opportunity and achievement gaps.
- We must ensure the health and safety of students in our schools. Children deserve access to safe, clean school facilities that meet instructional needs. We must also ensure safe and reliable transportation options for children across the District.
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.