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.

Equity & Opportunity

Opportunity for every student no matter who they are or where they are from--delivering on the promise of the One Fairfax initiative.

Teacher and Staff Pay

Better pay and treatment for teachers and a living wage for instructional assistants, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria works, and other staff.

Smaller Classes, Fewer Trailers

Smaller class sizes and fewer classrooms in trailers. Reducing the 37-year renovation cycle to 25 years and tackling major maintenance needs.

Muslim and Jewish Holidays

Close schools for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur so children are not disadvantaged because of their faith.

Green Schools

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.

Saving Blake Lane Park

Opposes development of a new elementary school at Blake Lane Park and will work with the Board of Supervisors to find an alternate location.

Closing the Achievement Gap

High standards, challenging curriculums, quality educators, and improved access to Advanced Academics to help close the achievement gap.

Addressing Latino Enrollment Decline

Help families see schools as sanctuaries where they are safe by reforming SRO involvement in discipline and investing in interpreters to remove barriers.

Addressing Mental Health Challenges

Increased awareness and funds for counselors and student-centered, support services to address and destigmatize student mental health challenges.

Gun Violence Prevention

Truly safe and secure learning environments, pressing Richmond and Washington for action on meaningful gun violence prevention.

Responsible Fiscal Stewardship

Responsible fiscal stewardship that continues our investment in educators and classrooms, and looks for savings to reinvest in our students.

Music and the Arts

Increased funding for music and arts education programs which help students learn other subjects and enhance skills inevitably used in other areas.

Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drug Dependence

Connect families with proven recovery resources, support students in recovery with appropriate options for continuing their education, and more.

Addressing Special Education Outcome Inequalities

Improved teacher retention and reduced support staff workloads, to address outcome inequalities between students with disabilities and their peers.

Define and Limit Use of Restraint and Seclusion

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 Family Life Education

Inclusive, scientifically sound, and relevant Family Life Education curriculum that emphasizes age-appropriate instruction on consent and other important issues.

Turning the Page on the Confederacy

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.

Eliminating Discipline Disparities

Student discipline that is restorative rather than punitive, to keep students learning in schools and help eliminate disparities.

Career and Technical Education

Increased funding and access to Career and Technical Education programs that prepare the workforce of tomorrow.