Message From BoE Candate Lisa Raymond
A message from a candidate for the Board of Education seat representing Wards 5 & 6:
I would like to introduce myself to you as a candidate for the Board of Education to represent Wards 5 and 6. I am running for this seat for the same reason I have dedicated the past eight years to working for DC students: because I want to ensure that all children have access to high quality schools. And I think the best way to achieve this goal is to improve the traditional public school system and make it the first choice for DC families. I am ready to work full-time to make this a reality.
I believe that traditional public schools and charter schools are vital assets in our city’s educational future. We must leverage the energy and innovations of both systems to improve academic achievement for every student. As the School Board member for wards 5 and 6, my top three priorities will be to:
(1) Fund Schools First. Ensure that all schools are always fully-funded—if cuts have to be made, let the administration take the hit, not our kids.
(2) Get Resources to the Classroom. Create an Independent Construction Trust to manage a verifiable process to construct modern classrooms in every school; ensure that teachers are paid on time and children have the materials they need to learn.
(3) Empower Principals and Teachers. Attract the best and brightest teachers and provide high quality professional development; give principals more control over budgets, authority to create school-wide educational strategies, the ability to purchase services on the open market, and the right to fire teachers and staff who fail to perform.
I am the only candidate in this race who has worked as both a teacher and a public school administrator. I bring extensive management and budgeting experience and a graduate degree in Public Administration, which has given me the training to approach problems from a rational, informed perspective. One of my endorsements includes that of EdAction – a volunteer group of DC-based parents, educators and concerned community members working to improve the quality of the city’s public education system:
“We feel that Lisa’s demonstrated commitment to public education, as well as background in policy and management, makes her the ideal candidate. Lisa has been working in education in D.C. for nearly a decade. She helped to launch and expand a school from the ground up. With that experience, she brings incredible knowledge and experience in management, program development, facilities, budgeting and fundraising - areas which will be critically important to her as a Board member.”
I encourage you to view my website (www.lisaraymond06.org) to see who is supporting me and to contact me at 460-9874 or at Lisa@lisaraymond06.org to share your ideas and concerns about DC public schools.
I hope I can count on your support during my campaign – and your vote on November 7.
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