2023 Priorities

1

Build a coalition of Ward 3 parents to advocate for funding Ward 3 schools through the Adequacy Study, which is an in-depth study to ensure full and equitable funding for schools via the city's Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) to avoid cuts like Hardy Middle School is experiencing this year.

3

Improve teacher retention by advocating for annual approvals of union contracts with salary increases and retention incentives; free tuition for continuing education opportunities; and funding to support the creation of affordable working housing for Ward 3 teachers in our Ward 3 communities.

6

Expand extra-curricular activities for young people in sports, arts, music, robotics, etc.

2

Solve school overcrowding through the Attendance Zone Boundary Study, which will be critical in addressing Ward 3 school overcrowding.  As part of this process, I would like to work with Ward 3 parents to advocate for the following priorities:

 

  • Ensure that all Ward 3 neighborhood elementary schools have the physical capacity to guarantee by-right Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4.

 

  • Ensure that we have an adequate number of classrooms to reduce class sizes.

 

  • Examine all available large parcels for the District to purchase or lease sites that would create opportunities to build new schools throughout Ward 3.

 

  • Advocate for additional funding for Stoddert Elementary School modernization to build an additional floor and avoid the split of the Stoddert School Community.

4

Create opportunities for optional year-round education, which will reduce summer learning loss.  I would like to reimagine the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment, to include more educational elements, field trips, sports, music, and the arts – while retaining a job readiness element and payments for participating students.

5

Collaborate with the knowledgeable members and staff of DC’s State Board of Education to create an engaging school curriculum and implement the “Every Student Succeeds Act” by preparing a statewide graduation accountability plan and to establishing criteria for school report cards.

7

Advocate for the installation of sidewalks and raised, painted crosswalks around our schools to improve pedestrian safety.