Through my work as a career educator, I have witnessed firsthand the shortfalls in our current education system — that’s one reason I was inspired to run for office in the first place. But I know that when progressives fight for public education, we can win. One of the few bright spots in 2016 was defeating Amendment One in Georgia — an anti-public school initiative crafted by the GOP to profit off of the most vulnerable students in our schools. It was an honor to work alongside so many of you in that fight, and I am so proud of that victory — but there’s so much left for us to do.

I am sick and tired of the for-profit charter school corporations that care more about their revenue than a child’s ability to read. What we need instead is a k-12 public school experience that ensures that every child is not only taken care of at school, but also has the resources they need to succeed outside of the classroom — we need community schools. Our schools should provide clinics, three meals a day, after school care, and tutoring to children of struggling families. And if elected to be your next Mayor, I will continue that fight on the city level. When our students don’t have to worry about getting their next meal, seeing a doctor when they’re sick, or having someone to help them with their homework, they will be able to fulfill their true potential.

But access to education should not end the day a child graduates high school. That’s why I have proposed providing two year college for all students in Atlanta, tuition free. I believe that by providing a solid foundation of education, our children will be able to put an end to the cycle of poverty that so many families in this city have struggled to escape for far too long.