Before I announced my run, I had many people ask me in conversation “what is one thing you would work toward if you got elected to the board?” and one that I always came back to is to close the achievement gap.
Now, ISD 196 is a wonderful district. One of the best in the country. It still has an achievement gap. While it performs above state averages, the gap in achievement between students of color and white students is a persistent issue, as it is in a lot of districts. In addition to things like improving student-teacher ratios, we need to work toward things that some don’t even think of when they think of achievement gaps. Things like hunger (food insecurity) also need to be addressed.
Increasing the focus on things like that will help all students in our district.