I believe it is time parents had a greater voice in how education is funded. With your voice, we can become a leader in educational innovation. By providing Calgary’s families with a worldclass, fiscally responsible education we can ensure we are preparing the leaders of tomorrow.
As a parent with children in the public system, and as a resident in Ward 3, I understand the distinct needs of the community. I truly care about fixing the system so that it works for students and their families.
IT IS TIME TO GIVE PARENTS THEIR VOICE BACK WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION.
Ensure Every Child’s Needs Are Met
Many students fall though the cracks due to limited resources for special needs and mental health issues. Early intervention means better education and reduced taxation in the short-term and long-term. I will pave the way to ensure parent-teacher needs are addressed and create a Mental Health Task Force to act as a resource for both teachers and families. It is my goal to use the Task Force to avert tragedies and help students realize their potential. Healthier, happier students lead to healthier, happier families and more vibrant communities.
Give Parents a Direct Voice in Their Children’s Education
The role of a Trustee is to engage parents and advocate for the needs of families. I believe in transparency at all levels of government. All CBE meetings must be open to the public so that decisions can be debated and made democratically. I will restore accountability to the CBE. Our Education Minister has called the CBE Trustees “stupid and irresponsible”. Trustees must cultivate the integrity of their inter-governmental communications at all levels. A stronger relationship will ensure the government’s understanding of Calgary’s diverse educational needs. Proving effective and responsible use of tax monies will demonstrate to the government that funding is properly spent to ensure optimal student outcomes. I will fight for the needs of CBE students and families.