Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

LINDA CROPP ANNOUNCES POLICY PLATFORM TO

BUILD ON OUR PROGRESS AND INVEST IN THE PEOPLE OF

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON Linda Cropp announced her policy platform today, releasing an ambitious and detailed plan to improve the lives of people in the District of Columbia . Her proposal addresses needs in education, affordable housing, public safety, workforce development, healthcare and other issues dealing with livability in the District.  

“I am running for mayor to build on the progress we've made so that it touches all our neighborhoods. I believe in the promise of our City and its people and there is no way that I will let it slide back to the failures of the past,” Cropp said.

“This campaign is about the future. With a strong financial foundation, we have the resources to invest in our people and improve the quality of life for all of us. I will put my experience to work for the people who live here. I will lead our City to build on our progress and I will bring passion, creativity and commitment to solving the problems we face.”

Cropp's overall platform was accompanied by the release of her detailed education plan, to be followed by other detailed plans in the coming weeks. Her affordable housing plan will be made available next week. The platform can be found under Vision for D.C.

“As a teacher, mother and grandmother, I understand the importance of a quality education and that's why my plan to improve our schools is my first policy paper. My top priority as mayor will be to make sure our children can read, write, think and compete with children from anywhere,” Cropp said. “Now that we have our fiscal house in order we are in the position to do something about the inequality of performance in D.C. schools and I am committed to working so that every child in our city receives a world-class education.”

Cropp's education plan has three overarching priorities:

  • Provide a learning environment inside and outside the classroom;
  • Demand accountability though all levels of education; and
  • Empower parents to hold schools accountable

“As a former social studies teacher at Eastern High School , I know that a quality education starts in the classroom. That understanding is at the center my education policy,” Cropp said. “My goal is to make sure every child in D.C. public schools has an opportunity to succeed, is taught by a quality teacher, and every classroom is a safe environment conducive for learning.

“I support a system of accountability that clearly delineates the roles, contributions and expected outcomes of all the participants in our education system: the Superintendent, School Board, City Council, principals, teachers, parents, schoolchildren and the Mayor.”

Linda Cropp's detailed education plan, “Working Toward a World-Class Education System for the District of Columbia ,” can be found on here.

It includes the following action steps:

PROVIDING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

•  Make available pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and expand child care opportunities.

•  Work with the Superintendent to Create a Principals' Academy to supplement and support knowledge of educational and management best practices for school administrators

•  Provide incentives to recruit and retain good teachers

•  Restore a strong vocational program and alternative education that works

•  Extend learning opportunities outside the classroom with stronger libraries, technology facilities and recreation center programs

DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH ALL AREAS OF EDUCATION

•  Put failing schools on notice that non-performance will no longer be tolerated and submit to the Council and Congress legislation authorizing the Mayor to take over failing public schools

•  Advocate for four-year contracts with the Superintendent to create stability and clearly delineate the roles and responsibilities of key authorities impacting education in the District

•  Create certainty and stability for academic and budgetary planning for principals and teachers by advocating a mandatory enrollment deadline of July 15 and setting just one or two transfer dates throughout the year

•  Include the Superintendent of Schools in all Cabinet meetings convened by the Mayor and promote cooperation between our schools and other city departments

EMPOWERING PARENTS TO HOLD SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE

•  Help parents hold schools accountable and be active participants in the education of their children

•  Mobilize the public to support clearly defined learning standards

 

 

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