I believe that being an Advocate for Richmond Public Schools is essential if you are planning to run for School Board.
It takes a lot of compassion and determination to make sure our schools are funded and stocked with the right resources in order for our kids to be successful.
While I was PTA president, for John B. Cary, I worked hard to bring families and teachers together by making family engagement a priority.
During the 2014-15 school year, School Board had named Cary as one of the schools headed for possible closure. So myself, along with other Cary parents, teamed up with Support Our Schools and rallied, trying to persuade City Council to find more money to keep our school open.
The year after that, Cary, was in the news again when four of our teachers were going to be transferred to other schools in hopes to "skew the numbers across the district." It was a stressful time for staff and Cary families, no one knew what teachers were going to stay and what teachers were going to have to leave.
As PTA president, I decided that instead of just accepting this fate I would rally our parents, staff, and community to get behind our teachers. I contacted the media and we advocated for our teachers to stay at a community Town Hall . We asked the previous administration to attend because we wanted answers. Even our students got involved by making posters that read, "SAVE OUR TEACHERS" and "WE LOVE CARY". In the end they decided that only two teachers would leave but If we had done nothing, all four teachers would've been transferred and Cary would've lost out in a big way.
I told you that story because its important you know what kind of candidate I will be and the kind of advocate I am.
Five years later and I'm still fighting for more funding, though I'm hoping there will be a day where our District won't have to do that anymore.
I used to get asked, "Why don't you just send your girls to a County School, there's just so many problems with RPS"
To be honest, that thought never crossed my mind and anyway I has already made up my mind up that I was going to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. In my heart I know this is where I 'm supposed to be and this is what I'm supposed to be doing; Advocating for ALL RPS STUDENTS.
I truly believe to be an effective School Board Representative, you first need to know what it is you're fighting for.
The last seven years have taught me that as parents we don't have to settle for mediocre education because of where we live in the City. Teachers shouldn't have to settle for lower pay and larger class sizes, because our State Delegates don't want to fully fund our schools!
We have the ability to change the things we know are not right. Just remember...
As Parent and Caregivers We Are Our Children's Best Advocates! So Let's Do Just That; Advocate So ALL Our Children Can Live Their BEST Lives While Having Our Teachers Do What They Do BEST …..TEACH!!
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