Creating Schools That Work for All Students
We are failing many of our most vulnerable students. The opportunity gap between white students and students of color persists and we have not adequately addressed the trauma that so many of our young people experience. We also lose far too many families who leave DC for better schools in the region, especially around junior high school.
In office, I have expanded our education system to better serve young people. I co-authored the landmark Birth-To-Three for All DC to make early childhood education accessible to all DC residents and increase pay for early childhood educators. In addition, I have prioritized assisting students whose needs often are ignored, like our at-risk students and young people with incarcerated parents. Recognizing that parents deserve to know what is happening in our schools, I introduced legislation to increase the transparency and independence of our education system.
When it comes to fixing our schools, everything needs to be on the table. Our path to making transformative changes to our schools will be led by:
- Undertaking a top down review of our education system and governance structure to determine what is not working
- Committing to education and facilities plans to ensure our students are learning in modernized, state-of-the-art facilities and our tax dollars are used efficiently
- Addressing the causes of high teacher turnover to increase retention of diverse, high-quality teaching staff
- Providing equitable trauma-informed, wrap-around services for students and ensure all schools have necessary resources and support staff, such as nurses, librarians, and counselors
- Increasing services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and English language learners
- Expanding vocational education opportunities to allow students to graduate with a career-based license or certification