Georgians also can expect to see me collaborate with all of our legislators – not just one party - to restore funding so our districts can reinstate full 180-day school years as well as provide educators more support so that they, in turn, can support our children. Rather than saddling our districts with economic burdens, forcing them to make difficult decisions like furloughs, shortened school years and larger class sizes, I’ll work with elected officials from all parties for the greater good of our children and their educators. We’ve reached that point where we must remove “do more with less” from our vocabularies. With the ongoing implementation of Common Core, we absolutely must provide the professional development our educators need to truly delve into the content matter and provide high-quality instruction to our children.
All of my adult life, I’ve worked to build a better community, whether that was with Fulton County Human Services, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the City Schools of Decatur board of education or the Georgia School Boards Association. I have the experience of managing budgets, allocating resources and collaborating with people from all walks of life so we can truly build a stronger education system for all of Georgia’s 1.7 million schoolchildren. Those little voices are calling, and it’s time for us to answer.