We must collaborate with partner governments, business, and the not-for-profit sector to expand opportunity for all.
I am a former teacher and mother of four daughters. Nothing is more important to me than our children getting a great education. I know first hand from chairing the Local School Council for Morningside Elementary and serving on the Grady Cluster Planning Committee that our City Council can do a lot more to help prepare all of Atlanta's students for the jobs of tomorrow.
Encompassing both Fulton and DeKalb counties, and having an independent school system (APS), the City of Atlanta must cooperate and collaborate with its sister governments to fully serve its residents. Our futures are intertwined and we have to work together.
As a City Council member, I commit to being the bridge that convenes the groups and the Administration on an ongoing basis as we build trust and solve problems together.
The challenges facing APS and Atlanta's students cannot be solved without the support and collaboration of the City. I'll make repairing the rift between APS and the City of Atlanta a top priority. Our children's success, and the region's, requires all the players to pull in the same direction. We can do so by supporting the expansion of early childhood education in the City, ensuring that after-school programming is coordinated with school curricula, or partnering workforce services with the school system to make sure that every student has a path to graduation and beyond.
As your City Council member, I will:
- End the political games over APS surplus school properties and resume routine title transfers
- Include APS in the early stages of future annexation discussions
- Get APS and our City Public Works Department working together on school zone speed limits, school zone flashers, HAWK signal lights, and other school-related transportation issues
- Make sure the City pays APS the Beltline's annual payments
- Designate an APS liaison within the Department of City Planning to reduce the red tape around permits and inspections for the $546 million in ESPLOST construction projects.