Education and Democracy naturally go hand in hand. They are natural compliments in which what is good for one is good for the other. However, there is not enough intersection in Chesapeake Public Schools.
We must take action to bolster the principles of democracy in our schools to better support our community by ensuring there is more cooperation between the students, families, staff, and community with school and city administrators.
Mental Health has continued to become a pressing issue in our schools, only made worse by the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The measures we currently have in place are no longer enough to support our students.
More resources must be allocated in our schools to ensure that students and their families have the support, resources, and knowledge needed to support mental wellbeing.
Teachers are essential for our schools to function, largely because they are the educators who help our children to learn and grow. Yet, our district is being faced with a growing crisis that is a shortage of qualified teachers to support our students.
We must take strong action if we are to prevent this crisis from worsening. Both through measures to lessen the stress of the workplace, as well as policies that reward our teachers and provide opportunities for advancement and higher education.
Fixing the Budget
A strong budget is essential for any organization to succeed, and that fact is no different for our schools. Currently, our budget is clouded in secrecy with budget allocation breakdowns being extremely vague and elusive.
If we want to ensure that our schools have the resources they need to succeed, then we must start with the budget to determine if resources can be reallocated from inefficient spending to crucial areas such as increasing teacher pay or the number of psychologists in our schools.
School is where our children learn who they are and what they want to be. They set their trajectories and grow into the future they set in front of them. Yet, when minor problems arise students sometimes overreact putting their dreams at jeopardy.
To support our students in their endeavors, we need a disciplinary system that focuses on prevention by establishing measure that teach our students how to de-escalate and problem solve.
COVID-19 has been a topic of much contention in our City since lockdown measures were initiated in mid 2020. Although the virus has shrunk in the damage it still poses a major threat to our hospitals and local businesses.
A balanced approach that focuses on self-autonomy, encouraging medical best practices is crucial for ensuring success not only in our schools, but in our City.
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