I believe that every child has a right to an education that prepares them to reach their potential.
I was appointed to the Board of Education in January 2012. In the last two years I have had the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the extraordinarily complex challenges that the District needs to address to improve the educational outcomes of our children.
As a sitting Board member I also have gained, from my experience, an understanding of the strategies that the Board should support through policy and advocacy that will strengthen our District’s capacity to provide a quality education to the children. The problems that the District has are not new and did not materialize overnight, nor will they be eradicated quickly. It will take sustained and consistent leadership to achieve sustained and consistent change.
In the last two years, we have seen incremental progress in several areas that are indicators of positive change; an increase in graduation rates, decrease in suspensions and in absenteeism. Are these numbers where they need to be? Absolutely not but they are moving in the right direction and I would like to ensure that we stay the course as I believe that continued change in the positive direction is possible and I believe that I can contribute to that change.