WHEN IT COMES TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR EDUCATORS DESERVE SO MUCH MORE.
Las Vegas is home to the 5th largest school district and the largest independent teacher’s unions in the country, yet we perpetually have among the worst education outcomes thanks to decades of failed leadership from our electeds. We do not adequately fund the infrastructure we need to support our students. Our leaders, the state of Nevada, and Clark County must use every tool at their disposal to fund our schools so that every teacher has the resources they need, both in and out of the classroom. Only then will our teachers be able to focus on educating our children in a fair and equitable way. As a mother of four, you can guarantee that I’ll be using the bully pulpit of Congress to push for the much-needed legislation necessary in order to set up our kids and future generations for success.
RECENT EDUCATION HEADLINES:
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL · 08/26/2021
Teachers health trust tells providers it lacks money for past claims
THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT · 08/13/2021
COVID fears, anger about safety measures cast shadow over first week of school
Funding our schools has to start with paying our educators. No teacher should have to worry about making ends meet when their work is the foundation of our society. Educators' salaries should begin at an established federal floor of $60,000, a raise of nearly $20,000 for first-year CCSD teachers, in order to attract new talent, retain excellent teachers, and ensure that both can afford to live without side jobs or painfully tight budgets.
Our schools need to be built to set both students and teachers up for success. That means allowing educators—trained professionals in childhood development, pedagogy, and unique subject areas—to tailor their lessons to the needs of their class and their communities, not coaching kids to pass an arbitrary test, written by for-profit educational companies, that fails to account for the lived experiences, interests, learning styles, and needs of each individual student. Teachers today face huge class sizes, underfunded classrooms, and weak representation within their unions, as well as for-profit charter schools vulturing resources from our public schools. It’s time for this to change.
2020 showed both Las Vegas and the country just how important it is to provide year-round, free school lunches to students so that no child goes to bed hungry. Meals at school should be federally-funded, free for all children, and provided year-round via a meals-to-go program.
The COVID-19 pandemic proved that providing high speed internet access to every home in the country is vital for our children’s education. We need to invest in and build our infrastructure to provide cheap or free high speed home internet to families of school aged children.
Now more than ever, higher education is necessary to build a fruitful life. We must guarantee tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities, and trade-schools to all. We can jump start a generation of Americans’ lives by cancelling all student debt for some 45 million Americans.
WHEN ELECTED, YOU CAN COUNT ON MY SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING
POLICY PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATION ON DAY ONE:
Raise teacher salaries to at least $60,000, starting on the first day of teaching
Change teaching methods and criteria to reflect the needs of their classroom and the community, not arbitrary, standardized tests
Fully fund school districts and classrooms so teachers have all the resources they need to be successful
Universal Pre-K, tuition-free public colleges and trade schools
Cancel all existing student debt
Provide year-round, free school lunches to students so that no child goes to bed hungry
Invest in and build our infrastructure to provide cheap or free high speed home internet to families of school aged children
H.R.4442 - Green New Deal for Public Schools Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Jamaal Bowman
H.R.4011 - Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley in 2021
H.R.3115 - Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar