Leadership. We must return strong, experienced leadership to represent the District 1 community, students, parents, staff, and supporters. Leadership must be built on a deep knowledge base of the District 1 community. To serve our District 1 communities, leadership must understand the opportunities and challenges of the students and families that send their student to District 1 schools.
Accountability. Classroom and classroom leadership are essential to make sure that all students are provided an excellent education that will lead them to success. We must hold all our leaders accountable for their respective roles, in the classroom, at the campus, and at central office.
Students. We must design the schools of the future, for the way students learn today, so they can excel in the workplace of the future and become productive citizens. I will champion learning environments that maximize choices (and that do not exclude students), provide stimulating learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom environment, and expand opportunities for project-based learning, all of which match the current and future workforce needs.
Employees. We must make Dallas ISD one of the best places to work in Dallas, as such, employee engagement must be a top focus. I will once again champion an independent ombudsman program, which will allow all employees to have a voice before administration. We must highlight, empower, champion, and reward the many contributions of all our employees. We must also work hard to provide the best professional development available for all our staff.
Community. I believe in building our community schools and school choice. I will reengage with our community schools with periodic community meetings and forums, as I did in the past.
Schools. The infrastructure needs throughout the district are severe. My personal knowledge of every District 1 school, having been a parent and trustee, will help guide any investment in infrastructure that we ask the voters to approve.
Funding and Flexibility. We need greater freedom from Austin and the flexibility to use any additional funds more efficiently. More funding is needed but we must also be prepared and nimble for the eventual return of reduced funding. We must also prioritize funding allocations to deliver as many resources as possible to the campus and away from central administration.