Issues

Education

Where I Stand

I believe that everyone in the District’s public schools deserve high-quality instruction in facilities that are safe, modern and inclusive of state-of-the-art instructional technology.

As Councilmember, I am fighting for well-funded, highly-resourced schools with dedicated, well-trained professionals determined to prepare all public students for college, careers and productive citizenship.

We must embrace our families and give them the tools they need to support their students. I am committed to examining common themes I’m hearing from students, parents, residents and non-profits and developing strategies that resolve systemic challenges in the long term.

What I've Done

Student Loans

Budget and School Modernizations

  • Secured and protected funding for school modernizations at Ward 1 schools
    • Bancroft Elementary School 
    • Benjamin Banneker High School 
    • Raymond Education Campus
    • Marie Reed Elementary School
    • Garrison Elementary School
       
  • Secured $6.5 million for enhancements to Tubman Elementary School, including roof and sprinkler system replacement, modernizing administration, and installing a new playground.

  • Secured $20 million in increased funding for Out-of-School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. 

  • Secured $367,000 to fund the creation of the Office of Multilingual Education in the Office of the State Superintendent. 

DC Student Experience

  • Co-introduced the Reporting Sexual Misconduct in Schools Amendment Act of 2020 which requires the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to report information about incidents of sexual misconduct in schools. Further, it also requires OSSE develop a model policy for how LEAs report to the school community in a timely manner criminal investigations of sexual misconduct involving school staff.

  • Co-introduced the African American and Cultural Studies Inclusion Amendment Act of 2020 which requires OSSE to develop an African-American history and cultural studies curriculum for high school students enrolled in a District of Columbia Public or Charter School.

Shaw Middle School

  • Co-introduced successful amendment to the FY20 budget to secure the current Banneker site as the site of a prospective Shaw Middle School once the new Banneker School opens.

  • On 10/4/19, signed and sent a joint letter with the Chairman to DCPS emphasizing that any plans, requests for proposal, or educational specifications for a new Shaw Middle School must be created with the 800 Euclid Street NW location in mind.

  • On 11/15/19, signed and sent a letter with CMs Allen and Evans that expresses concerns with DCPS’s plans to include a football field in lieu of a track or multi-sport facilities at the future site of Banneker High SChool at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.