I’ve been an advocate for our City’s young people my entire career, fighting to make sure they have the resources and programming they need to succeed. I have fought to expand our City’s successful Community Schools and after-school programs. In 2015, I worked with my colleagues in the City Council to secure $4.2 million in additional funding for Community Schools and out-of-school-time programming, resulting in at least six additional community schools and thousands of after-school spots for our City’s young people. This same commitment led me to introduce my landmark Children and Youth Fund, which would dedicate 3percent of the City’s budget to programs that serve Baltimore’s young people.
I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish on behalf of our children. But there is still so much more to do. I will continue to fight to expand the Community School model, so that more of our students have an opportunity to go to school in such a rich, nurturing environment. I will work to ensure that our students are prepared for the 21st Century workforce by partnering with our school system and our colleagues across government to bring technical training to our City’s public schools. Whether it’s IT, cyber security, or coding, our public schools must provide our students with the skills they need to thrive. But it is also important that our students be well-rounded. I will work to bring back arts and music education to our public schools. In order to see these goals through, Baltimore City must take back control of its school system. I will use my position as City Council President to press for local control of our school system, which will increase accountability and improve outcomes for our students.