Priorities for Providence District Families
If elected, Karl will be a bold, progressive voice on the school board who puts equity into action just as he has throughout his career as a progressive policy advocate. Here are some of his top priorities for Providence District families.
Opportunity for every student no matter who they are or where they are from--delivering on the promise of the One Fairfax initiative.
Better pay and treatment for teachers and a living wage for instructional assistants, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria works, and other staff.
Smaller class sizes and fewer classrooms in trailers. Reducing the 37-year renovation cycle to 25 years and tackling major maintenance needs.
Close schools for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur so children are not disadvantaged because of their faith.
Rely on solar power, transition to an electric bus fleet, achieve carbon neutrality, and more, as part of a Green New Deal for Fairfax County Public Schools.
High standards, challenging curriculums, quality educators, and improved access to Advanced Academics to help close the achievement gap.
Help families see schools as sanctuaries where they are safe by reforming SRO involvement in discipline and investing in interpreters to remove barriers.
Increased awareness and funds for counselors and student-centered, support services to address and destigmatize student mental health challenges.
Truly safe and secure learning environments, pressing Richmond and Washington for action on meaningful gun violence prevention.
Responsible fiscal stewardship that continues our investment in educators and classrooms, and looks for savings to reinvest in our students.
Increased funding for music and arts education programs which help students learn other subjects and enhance skills inevitably used in other areas.
Connect families with proven recovery resources, support students in recovery with appropriate options for continuing their education, and more.
Improved teacher retention and reduced support staff workloads, to address outcome inequalities between students with disabilities and their peers.
Ban prone restraint and clearly define and limit the use of restraint and seclusion to incidents that present a threat of imminent, serious physical harm only.
Inclusive, scientifically sound, and relevant Family Life Education curriculum that emphasizes age-appropriate instruction on consent and other important issues.
Justice High School was a successful down payment on the need to rename all schools that commemorate the Confederacy. There is work yet to be done.
Student discipline that is restorative rather than punitive, to keep students learning in schools and help eliminate disparities.