Why I'm Running

I’m running for re-election to the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education because I know that our work to make APS the school system Atlanta’s families deserve is not done.

JasonEsteves-headshot-2-cropped.jpgSince you elected me three years ago, I have worked hard with my colleagues to stabilize a school system that had been rocked by scandal and dysfunction for years. We shored up APS’s finances and redirected more money than ever to school sites and classrooms. We reduced the size of the central office, and empowered school leaders and neighborhoods to drive the direction of their schools. And we developed and have begun to implement a plan to turn around APS’s lowest performing schools.

Because of these actions, we have seen positive movement. Graduation rates have gone from 51% to 71.5% in four years. More students across the city are taking AP classes and their SAT/ACT scores are improving. We have increased our partnerships with non-profits and business, which has significantly increased access to needed wraparound services. And there is more interest to join APS as a teacher or staff member to help our students thrive.

But the work is not done. As an attorney and former public school teacher, I will help provide APS with the stable and honest leadership it needs to achieve its mission and vision.

I will fight to ensure we have high-quality teachers and leaders in every class and school. I will ensure that we give more control to school communities to drive the direction of their school and cluster. I will also fight to expand our engagement efforts and ensure that parents and neighborhoods are fully engaged in their school and APS.

I will continue to work within the community and help raise the voices of students, teachers, and parents to make sure they are heard. Working together, I know that we can give every child in Atlanta the opportunity to receive the education they deserve.

I look forward to earning your support and your vote in the weeks and months ahead.