The constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania includes a powerful mandate requiring the state to provide a “thorough and efficient” public school system for its citizens. Clearly, the authors who drafted this language understood the importance of education in building a fruitful and successful society, and the duty those responsible for governing society have in ensuring that education is of high quality.
We know that for many citizens in this commonwealth, especially those who are black or brown and of low socioeconomic status, the education being delivered does not adhere to the mandate the constitution lays before us. Many schools are not effectively educating our children, and we have watched our neighborhoods suffer as a result. We can’t allow the decay of our educational system to erode our communities. We must begin to explore new methods of delivering education, to create a fair and equitable funding system, and to equip our chronically failing schools and school districts with the resources and decision-making power necessary to enact real change.
To successfully fight for the resources, policies, and creativity necessary to fix our broken school s and school systems, we all have to work together. Our region has seen innovative and successful delivery models that have transformed some of Pittsburgh’s schools and attracted those from across the county.
Far too often these changes do not affect the children who are most in need and the vast majority of students who are underserved in the district remain in schools that are not educating them properly.
Together we need to ask our district, our state legislature, and others involved in the education of our children if we are truly doing all we can. We need to provide additional resources to our struggling schools and we need to have real discussions on how the added resources will be used to increase learning.
We need to explore innovative approaches to delivering education to our children in the 21st century and have the courage to bypass archaic and outdated aspects of the current system. For too many youths across the city, the education provided is neither thorough nor efficient, and their future potentials in life may be limited because of this fact.
There is too much at stake not to fight with all that we have and truly give our children a fair chance at success.
Everyone in our district must get involved to help bring about a change. If you believe, as I do, that our schools and our children need as much help as we can give them, stand with me now! Get involved and help me bring even more funding and resources to our schools. Take part in our campaign and help send a message.
Introduced a bill to reduce unnecessary suspensions in elementary schools