With violence and hate crimes becoming apart of our everyday lives she is a firm believer in keeping our children safe by any means necessary. But that does not mean we get to treat our kids like Prisoners.
“If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.”
- James Baldwin
The youth in our county are treated with restraints to their freedom of expression, freedom of higher education, and freedom of self-worth. We must change the way we treat our kids if we want them to change the way they treat each other, our teachers, and our staff. We still have schools that do not have windows in the classroom, our kids walk around dressed the same down to their shoes, even with virtual learning. In school with ID’s around their neck. We have to stop the impression that being a criminal is cool and normal regardless of what the mass media is feeding to them. None of our alternative schools have activities, clubs, or organizations. We need policy surrounding how we are sending our kids to these alternative schools and not just brushing them off when we feel they are uncontrollable. The school to prison pipeline stops with us.
Changing the mindset that we must send our kids to private school, or use a fake address to send our kids to another county for a better education. We must work rigorously to take the politics out of the school so that we can get back to community learning.
Which means ALL HANDS ON DECK. It takes a village to raise a child and we as a community whether yours kids are in private school or not we have to advocate for the proper placement of our tax payer dollars in educational system.
It is up to us to change the way others see Prince Georges County and the way we see Prince Georges County. We produce more than just good athletes. We produce Fire Fighters, Astronauts, IT Specialist, and Future Politicians. We must stand up for our worth.
Our young girls are being forgotten about, spreading hate between each other, and falling victim to predators. The gap between our parents, our girls, and our school system is massive.
The number of teenage pregnancies, girl fights, and sexual assaults that go unreported and un-talked about by our girls because of the ignorance behind not only their self-worth, and or what is illegal in the State of Maryland.
We must stand-up against bullying. We must stand up and allow our children to have a place to open up to their parents, each other, and the proper staff.
I would like to see a specific amount of mandatory counseling for each student. We have to stop avoiding the conversation surrounding mental health in our community. We have to teach our kids that it is okay to speak with therapist.
Every child should be given the same opportunity in having more opportunities afforded to them. Prince Georges County,being one of the wealthiest counties in America for African Americans. Should not have an inequality in education issue, our children should not be lagging behind the standard and steady growth of education.
It is not fair that some get a leg up in opportunity with foreign languages and tag programs, simply from luck of their name being chosen. When their parents are paying the same, if not more in tax payer dollars to send their children to school in the county. To be given a chance at a better life should not be left up to chance.
We need to offer equal education across the board which is why I am advocating for bilingual education for all elementary school students, and passport grants for all high school students to encourage study abroad opportunities. I am also pushing for sign language to be an option for our students to take.
I strongly believe that African American History should be requirement for our students. In order to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion into the future of America. Without African Americans their would be no America and we have to show our kids that Black people were more than just slaves. That all people originated from black people.
My plan to ensure that the best and brightest highly qualified educators are by hiring incentives. Such as training for the Praxis exam, and scholarship grants to pay for them with the stipulation that they teach in the county for a number of years. I would also work for grants using my network to provide more classroom support. I would love to offer signing
bonuses. Teachers are at their best when they do not have worry about not having supplies in the classroom. I also think that we should offer some rent control and loan forgiveness for our teachers so that they can own property and live life to the fullest while still doing what
they love, and are passionate about. I am also pushing for more bilingual educators. Apart of being an effective school system is by being diverse and inclusive.
As a former Pre-K Teacher in the county I understand the importance of the foundation Pre-K education provided to a pupils future. We live in the wealthiest county for African Americans and pay too much in taxes to not be able to provide our children with Pre-K. This is also one of the things that would have been funded through the Kirwan Commission had Governor Hogan not vetoed this funding. We have to fight for the education of our kids from the beginning to the end. Strong foundation, Strong finish.
I would like to see our Career and Technical Education be expanded to more fields to fit the needs and attractions to the future of this country and around the world. Specifically things like Nursing, Cyber-security, Construction Design & Management, and Coding. We need to provide our children with more opportunities in things that they like if they decide not to go to college. We need to also look at the resources surrounding CTE programs and contracts being shifted to community based programs, organizations, and businesses. This will continue the excitement around education and provide a source of feeding back into our community. Community Schools are Strong Schools.
ROTC opens the door for more than just students that want to go into the military but it gives students an opportunity to help pay for college and discipline. Lets build opportunity for our children not take them away.
Children with special needs are the most vulnerable population within our schools. Unfortunately, they are also the most neglected. They lack the staff and resources they need to not just learn effectively but to stay safe.
If elected I plan to push the board to allocate more money and over site of the parameters of the staff we are hiring to work with our children. Following the Money is Key
Our Children deserve an environment that represents the future they are about to step into. When students are in a clean, modern, technology infused setting it encourages learning. Our children deserve better and we are demanding better.