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.
Since you elected me almost eight years ago, I have worked hard with my colleagues to stabilize a school system that had been rocked by scandal and dysfunction a little over a decade ago. 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, most importantly, we prioritized equity in policy and through practice.
Because of these actions, we have seen positive movement. Graduation rates have gone from 51% to 80.3% in eight years. We have increased our partnerships with non-profits and business, which means more students have access to key wraparound services like mental health counselors, healthcare, and social workers. We have increased the number of students across the city are taking AP, IB, and college prep classes, and started the Atlanta College and Career Academy to help prepare students for college, career, and life. And due to investments in our teachers and staff, there is even more interest to join APS and stay here to help our students thrive.
I know this work is not done.
As an attorney and former public school teacher, I will continue to provide APS with the stable and honest leadership it needs to achieve its mission and vision.
I will continue to 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 improve 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.