Education

Every parent wants a quality education for their children. I am no different. As a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children as well as a working wife and mother of five children, I know full well the value of quality education. However, my desire for a quality and equitable education extends past my own children and reaches to every student in the Philadelphia area, regardless of economic ability or status. 

One of my top policy goals for this office lies in education beginning with the Philadelphia Public School system. My goal for Philadelphia’s public-schools is to find ways to diversify funding sources for its schools, in addition to adopting an equitable formula to support schools. 

I support a plan that initiates a moratorium on charter schools and establishes more oversight and regulation regarding operation and academic standards. In addition, more oversight needs to be provided to existing charter schools to ensure that they are performing with the same standards that are implemented in traditional public schools. If charter schools are going to continue to receive and utilize tax dollars, then they need to be held to similar standards as traditional public schools. 

Due to the exponential growth in the establishment of charter schools, funding inequities for public schools has become critical. The current charter school oversight protocols must be significantly overhauled to ensure that they are certified and that there is equitable funding for all students that attend traditional public schools or charter schools. 

The tax abatement needs to be ended. The school district has lost nearly $100 million due to the disinvestment in our students. Restoring the abatement dollars would restore quality education and assist with mitigating the many issues that plague our school district.

Our students deserve a fair chance at a better future, and it all begins with their education. A stronger Philadelphia needs a stronger educational system to raise up the next generation of Philadelphians. They indeed are our future. Let’s create a better future for them by giving them equitable education here in the present.

Every student deserves to go to a school that is safe, completely staffed, and a building of which they can be proud rather than get sick. Baylor will work with stakeholders and current council members to continue the work of investment in our school buildings, to remove poisonous lead, mold, asbestos, and other contaminants and dangers from their learning environment. She will fight to prioritize the school buildings with the most dangerous safety violations as well as the communities most often overlooked by political power brokers.

Ethelind’s vision for her Public Education plan in Philadelphia is student-centered, futuristic, and comprehensive. It is noted that public education is the backbone, heart, wisdom and soul of a free and democratic society. Educators nurture the infinite possibilities for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, creed, gender, beliefs, personal orientations, economic situation or learning needs. Public Education Matters. She aims to work in partnership with district council members in support of those core issues that affect the educational experience of our youth. Ethelind is committed to legislating and allocating funding to:

-Fight / eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices and provide a world class education to all the children and youth of Philadelphia.

-Explore partnerships with community college to offer college credits to eligible high school student and work with are colleges to accept those credits, thus making college more affordable

-Initiate conversations with are employers to provide meaningful sponsorship positions to high school and college student to position them to access the job market with the skills and discipline necessary to compete in today’s changing economy

- Continued investment in Early Childhood Education

- Safe and secure learning environments

- Relevant and quality capacity building for teachers and support staff

- Public schools that are governed locally and democratically; yet held accountable to local citizens and the State. The local control governance model is critical to communities retaining the ultimate say over their public schools at the ballot box.

- Work with state leadership to examine what is effective legislation and what is not. Discussion on and decisions about funding public education needs to move from political rhetoric to looking at the facts and deciding what level of public education we’re going to support.

- Continued support for superintendents and school leaders whose primary interests are children and leading the effective, systemic collaboration of all adults responsible for every aspect of a child’s education

- Fully fund for teachers and support staff.

- Creating a teaching pipeline of new educators, especially those whose backgrounds reflect the students.

- Supporting schools where parents, educators, and community members exemplify policy making and decision making through public engagement, collaboration, and shared responsibility of educating children.

-Ending the school to prison pipeline