Why I'm Running
"Together, we can build a world-class public education system capable of preparing every District of Columbia student to be successful in college and their careers.”
- Jacque Patterson
Elevating the Community Voice
For far too long, the voice of the community has been ignored on public education issues. As your At-Large State Board of Education representative, I will use the position to organize and elevate the community voice around the issues that most impact marginalized neighborhoods where educational inequities have become the status quo. Serving five terms as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and as former Mayor Anthony William’s community affairs coordinator, I’ve learned that the quality of life of a neighborhood starts with the quality of education it provides its residents. Every zip code in the District deserves a quality school.
Serving on the local school advisory team (LSAT) for my children’s DC Public School, I saw firsthand how COVID-19 revealed the undeniable truth of years of inequitable funding of certain schools throughout our public education system. Teachers and parents were forced to move to distance learning by a system ill-prepared for students to be academically successful. Students deemed at-risk, have become even more at-risk as we deal with the effects of the pandemic. As your At-Large State Board of Education representative, I will fight for the equitable funding of every school, for mental health services and enrichment programs that will address the systemic inequities built into the public school budget process.
Being the father of an educator, my daughter tells me how difficult her job can be when she’s not supported by administrators or given the necessary resources to ensure students are learning. She, like her peers, wants the best for her students but knows they deserve so much more than we are providing them socially and emotionally, so they will perform better academically. I’m committed to keeping dedicated teachers like my daughter in the profession by becoming their advocate on the State Board of Education.
Dismantle Systemic Racism in Policy and Practice
Systemic racism is a corrosive and widespread problem in our society. It’s especially prevalent in our schools. It’s time that the DC State Board of Education takes a deeper look at how systemic and structural racism manifests in our educational policies and practices and root them out. It is the responsibility of the next At-Large State Board of Education representative, the only city-wide representative, to bring all 8 Wards together to create an anti-racist public education system.