My three children attend our neighborhood public schools, and I value the education that they are receiving. I recognize and appreciate the hard work of our schools’ teachers, administrators, and support staff. That said, I know that we can do more to support them, and to hold the school board accountable for implementing policies that keep our kids safe and improve the conditions in which they learn. As Vice President of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, I worked with Councilman David Marks to secure funding for the Honeygo Elementary School. We also are advancing a new Northeast Middle School to further reduce overcrowding (opening in 2021).
Another area in which the Baltimore County Public School System needs reform is in its disciplinary policies. The vast majority of our school children show up each day ready to learn, but are confronted with a few violent bullies who create an unsafe environment for learning. For the past several years, state and federal regulations have restricted the Principals’ ability to remove these troublemakers from the school system, at the expense of the other children and teachers.
If elected, I will continue to advocate for state and county funding to upgrade our public education infrastructure, and will support a full forensic audit of the BCPS spending to ensure that our tax dollars are not being wasted. I will work with BCPS and our local schools to restore order and discipline to our schools. Our children deserve nothing less.