As your Council President, caring for my children and for yours has always been a priority. I have created a successful college preparation admission exam program that serves more than 8,000 middle and high school students each year. Through my leadership, the city has restored its strained relationship with the Atlanta Public School and paid outstanding moneys owed to the school system under the terms of the Beltline Agreement.
Although the City of Atlanta does not actually control the Atlanta Public Schools, there is no reason why a strong partnership with the school system cannot be formed to ensure that our youth have the 21st century skills and resources to thrive in tomorrow’s economy.
Every child, no matter his or her background, where they are from or their social and economic status, deserves a high-quality education and a chance to reach his or her fullest potential.
City Hall must do more to engage and enhance the development of the city’s youth. As your mayor, I will ensure that City Hall is doing its part by partnering with our school system to help provide our youth with quality skills, programs, and services to ensure that they become productive members of society.
Afterschool programs offer an array of activities that are not always available during the traditional school day. For our youth to truly thrive and be competitive in tomorrow’s economy, the learning process cannot end once the school day is over.
Unfortunately, having a high school diploma is no longer sufficient for today’s workforce. While our local colleges and universities continue to produce large numbers of graduates each year, many employers complain about not being able to find qualified talent to satisfy their organization’s needs.