Providing A High-QualityEducation for Every Child
Schools are the backbone of our community. I am a product of the Illinois public school system and will fight to make sure that the children of the 48th Ward have access to fully-funded, fully-staffed schools. Beyond the issue of funding, I will work closely with school leaders and leverage office resources for school events.
1. Aggressively surplus TIF funds
- When we surplus TIF funds, we return non-allocated dollars to corresponding local bodies and prevent wasteful and opaque reallocation. A substantial portion of those dollars are returned to CPS.
2. Collaborate with state legislators to secure additional funding for neighborhood schools
3. Communicate regularly and directly with school leaders
- I plan to be a hands-on leader by having resources available during important dates like back-to-school events and report-card pickups.
- I will hold regular meetings with school leaders to stay up to date on how CPS and the city are coordinating resources.
4. Expand and enhance access to early childhood education
- Children who have access to well-funded early education are 25% more likely to complete high school and 4x as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree. By failing to address our early childhood workforce crisis, we are failing the next generation of Chicagoans.
- I will push colleagues to establish progressive revenue sources (like the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program) to invest in community-based providers and create more competitive benefits for early childcare workers.