I don't believe in politics, I believe in people...

I have decided to run for DC’s State Board of Education empty Ward 8 seat. For five years, as a parent and Ward 8 Resident, I have been advocating for equal and quality education for all children in the District of Columbia, especially for families that have children with disabilities, that are so often overlooked.
 
Our education system needs equitable parent voice and parent input at the decision making table to ensure that we can advocate for all our children in the District and here, East of the River.

Every FAMILY is Important To Us.

I'm running for the State Board of Education because I want to make a difference and improve our Ward 8 families' quality of education. I have seen injustice, inequality, and inefficiency in the way things are done. I want to bring fresh ideas and a compelling voice to the school board. I want families and teachers at the decision-making table to ensure a more inclusive education system, especially for families of students with disabilities. Special education should be parallel and paramount in the education conversation and can no longer be forgotten. The pursuit of equity will serve as the tool to drive toward better outcomes for students of color. I pledge to apply a rigorous lens of equity when reviewing academic standards, graduation requirements, and other policies. Finally, children in Ward 8 deserve 5-star schools equipped with the resources to push our children toward their dreams! Quality schools will no longer be the exception but will be the expectation in our community. If elected to the SBOE, I would champion the board to expand its policy efforts on special education, transparency and accountability, and family engagement---especially with families of color.

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