An investment in a child’s education is an investment in our collective future. As a parent of a child in Richmond Public Schools, I have a keen interest in this city achieving a superior school system. Every child has unique needs and learning paths. If we want to provide a top notch learning experience for the children of this city, we must embrace higher student expectations and expand school choice. Some children will flourish in a traditional school setting, others require a more specialized environment, all have a right to be challenged daily in ways that will produce academic growth.
The poverty rate among Richmond Public School students means additional challenges for RPS as does the continuing loss of middle class families. As Council Representative, I will work with the School Board to make certain that schools are properly funded and structured to promote success. By providing excellence in education, we provide all families in the city with a valuable service and an incentive to remain in the neighborhoods they love.
In a city with several colleges and universities, it has never made sense to me that so few internships are available to those who will soon enter a highly competitive job market. Whether paid or unpaid, internships that offer the opportunity to hone skills and acquire experience (not just at a copy or coffee machine, but in the thick of the field) give our college graduates a much valued addition to their resumes. As a Council member, I will create internship opportunities in my office and seek to expand similar opportunities across the district and the city.