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

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.