Courier Journal Editorial:
Yes to JCPS tax plan to improve equity and student achievement
When I ran for the @JCPSKY Board of Education In 2016, I promised I would fight to give all our kids the resources they need to succeed. I am incredibly proud to have championed this issue for over two years, and I ask you to join in saying #Yes4JCPS.
Many of the most important influences in my life have been JCPS teachers. I would not be the person I am today without their influence, nor would I have earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, where I studied racism in contemporary America. JCPS teachers helped me discover my love of learning and they gave me the confidence, skills, support, and guidance to use this learning to improve our community.
As a long-time professor at Spalding University in Old Louisville, I mentor hundreds of JCPS graduates, many from very challenging environments, and I know what our schools need for students to be successful. As a trained organizer with years of experience working in multi-racial community groups, I come from the world of bottom-up collaborative leadership not top-down decision-making. I have spent years listening to people’s hopes and concerns for their children and community and I help to turn that input into concrete results.
I’ve been married to my wife, Bridget, for 19 years and we are raising two children, ages 16 and 9. I enjoy playing with my kids, gardening, landscaping, home improvement projects, mystery novels, rap music, and any film or TV show by Armando Iannucci or Vince Gilligan.
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