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Atlanta Board of Education Member, District 2

The School Board is the elected governing body of a school district. The School Board provides funds for the operation and maintenance of the system, adopts courses of study, prescribes standards for operation and improvement of the schools, provides for planning, expansion and improvements of facilities, employs personnel, approves the budget, financial reports and major expenditures, and appoints and evaluates the school superintendent
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What experience do you bring to the job and what is your motivation to serve as a school board member?

If elected, what would be your two top policy priorities and how would you work to achieve results?

What are the most significant challenges to quality public education in your school district? List two and explain how you will pursue them.

Which educational reform idea do you believe has the most promise for your school system?

What efforts do you support to raise the student achievement in each of the schools in the local school district and increase graduation rates?

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My experience is brought forth first as a graduate of the the Atlanta Public School system. Secondly, I have worked as a former substitute teacher in the class room for grades K-12. Educating students is a passion of mine as I know that knowledge is power and is the key to success. My motivation to serve as a school board member is students being able to grow and learn through a variety of subjects. I believe that nothing can be accomplished without the foundation of a solid education. I also intend to serve as a sounding board for Atlanta’s future youth for many years to come even long after my candidacy.

My top two policy priorities would be to a) look at and review areas of opportunities of charter versus public schools with low performance and b) ensure that students, teachers, parents and classified employees have a voice, are heard and are treated fairly within the system. I will achieve these results by being an advocate for education and serve as a subject matter expert in the areas of policies and structures. I will fight to protect education rights with the support and feedback of teachers, students, parents and the community to provide an action plan for resolution.
I will be supporting District 2. The most significant challenges are a) low performing schools and 2) bringing equity into the community for education. I will pursue these challenges by listening to the community and reviewing historical trending data to determine how these low performing schools can receive a turnaround without the impact of more school closures and loss of jobs. I live in the Vine City community and it is rather disturbing to see schools such as Woodson and Bethune as abandoned. Equity can be achieved by partnering with organizations and businesses for internships and increase more revenue for earning academic scholarships.
The most educational reform idea that has the most promise is students learning through innovation.
The main effort that I would raise to support student achievement and increase graduation rates is to implement more parent involvement programs. Implementing these type of programs will lead to students feeling further motivated which will ultimately drive and increase self empowerment.

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