Updated: Apr 15, 2021
“Every scholar deserves a high-quality public education. I’m running to work hand and hand with all stakeholders to rebuild our education system to be top institutions of learning that prepare scholars to compete in a global economy.”
My experience as an educator and a former student of Chicago Public Schools are two of my most influential reasons to run for Congress. I will continue to advocate and work diligently to improve our education system for our scholars and family in the 1st Congressional District, which means on day one I will work diligently to join the House Education and Labor Committee to enhance our education system, change the Title I formula to better support all school districts.
Increase the federal government’s commitment to our scholars: Many children in our 1st Congressional District are living in poverty. Increasing the federal government’s annual Title I funding from $14 billion to $60 billion, for schools within the 1st Congressional District and across our nation will help to provide enhanced educational opportunities for our future. Education is proven to break the cycle of poverty!
I support and will work in Congress to enhance teaching and learning by working to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and fix the damage caused by opening new schools, reducing classroom sizes, and supporting our children and teachers with a $3 billion dollar investment. In addition, I will work to cancel the economic burden of student loans.
Enhance Teaching and Learning: For far too long our public schools have been punished for lower test scores. No Child Left Behind has failed our schools, leaving our children behind. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, left over from the Bush Administration, is the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965. Closing neighborhood schools based upon test scores on federally mandated, and corporate-sponsored, standardized tests is not the answer. We need a fierce advocate to help to change our education system. Chicago has the third-largest public school system and no representation on the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Support our Teachers:
I support the Chicago Teachers Union! Some of our fiercest advocates for quality, equitable education are the educators teaching our children—our future! That’s why I will fight to increase investment of at least $3 billion into opening more neighborhood schools within our 1st Congressional District. An investment of $3 billion dollars to open more schools will reduce class sizes, which will allow a whole-child approach, more support for our children like counselors, health and nutritional needs, and parent and community engagement.
Student loan debt cancellation:
Since 1995, only 32 individuals have achieved student loan forgiveness by the income-driven repayment plan. I will work with Congress to cancel student loan debt.
Support Universal Child Care & full-day kindergarten:
Finding affordable and high-quality child care has been like finding a needle in a haystack. It's sad when a year of child care can cost the same as a year of college. Illinois is ranked 11 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for the most expensive infant care. We can’t miss out on the opportunity to provide all our kids with high-quality early education. If education is the passport to the future, we must prepare now. Research has shown time and time again that early education promotes cognitive skills, attentiveness, motivation, sociability, and self-control — the kinds of skills that result in children leading happier, healthier, and more productive lives as adults.