Education in St. Paul

Public education is the heart of our communities and our democracy. In order for Saint Paul to realize its potential as a city, we need government partners at all levels who will work for students and families to get the high-quality public education they deserve. I was a middle and high school social studies teacher for three years, and became an organizer and policy aide because I saw firsthand how systems impacting youth are connected both within and outside of school. The future of our city depends on the investments we make in our public schools, and I will do everything in my power as a City Councilmember to support outstanding public education for all.

I will work hard on the City Council to promote YOUTH EQUITY AND OUTSTANDING PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR ALL BY:

  • Working with the Saint Paul School Board, Saint Paul Federation of Educators, SPPS parents and educators to achieve the schools our students deserve, including continuing to champion local funding initiatives like the successful 2019 referendum

  • Supporting city-level initiatives like Right Track to create vocational and educational opportunity for youth outside of school and during the summer the months

  • Working with Mayor Carter and partners to support all Saint Paul students in having access to a college savings fund from day one and high-quality early childhood education like citywide 3-K

  • Advocating for city services and programs to be as clearly connected to K-12 public education as possible, including accessible transit and completion of the Safe Routes to School Plan

  • Advocating for city programs that urgently address childhood poverty so that the 70% of SPPS students who qualify for free and reduced lunch and their families have their basic needs met 

  • Advocating for resources and programs that support bilingual students so that the 34% of SPPS students who are English language learners have what they need to succeed in and out of school

  • Tackling our housing shortage to mitigate the crisis of student homelessness that reaches nearly 2,000 SPPS students annually and supporting Project REACH’s efforts as a Council partner