I ASKED THE CANDIDATES FOR EVERY RACE IN EVERY DISTRICT ACROSS THE CITY, "WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU DO NOT WIN YOUR RACE ON NOVEMBER 8TH?"
"Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to address your readers. If I don't win the 6th district school board seat, I will keep advocating for our youth, as I'm doing now. As the director of a workforce program for out-of-school, at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24, I see first hand the gaps in our public education system. Too many of our youth are dropping out and those that graduate, are graduating ill-prepared for the world of work and/or college. Sadly, the age group I serve is the fastest growing segment in poverty in our region. Given this background, I know that we have to do a better job at preparing our youth at an earlier age by giving them the foundation and building blocks necessary to become self-sustaining, productive citizens.
As I've met neighbors and talked to parents, teachers and students alike, I am convinced, more so than ever, that we need to expand pre-k opportunities so that more students have access to early childhood education, have strong reading prep throughout the elementary school level, are exposed to work readiness and trades as early as middle school and have more access to technology not only in the classroom but in the communities in which they live. These are the issues I will continue to advocate for no matter the outcome of the election. "