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Erika has pledged to make public education her top priority as your representative in Congress. She made the same commitment as an educator in the classrooms’ and as the wife of the founder of Memphis Academy of Health Sciences’ Charter School. As your representative in Congress, Erika will make education a funding priority every year she is in office with specific emphasis on:
Increasing teacher pay, investing in high quality early childhood education, expanding after school program opportunities, ensuring all schools get the resources they require, and investing in school safety and security.
While Erika believes parents should have choices in their child education, Erika opposes the use of for-profit charter schools and vouchers. Erika understands that school vouchers would allow taxpayer dollars to fund private schools while directly impacting public schools. Erika believes Charter Schools with a profit motive cannot focus on doing what’s best for their students. Erika believes nonprofit charter schools have a role to play in large urban districts, but they are not the magic fix.
Erika knows that education is a direct linked to economic opportunity – for individuals and communities. When young people are prepared to successfully go on to college and careers, the communities in which they live and the state as a whole is positioned to see economic opportunity expand. And it all starts by giving children the high-quality public education they need and deserve.
The quality of a teacher in the classroom has the greatest impact on student achievement. The average teacher salary in Tennessee is nearly $10,000 less than average teacher pay nationwide. Erika knows closing the gap in education teacher pay in West Tennessee will allow West Tennessee a competitive edge with other states in order to attract the best educators for our children.
Early Childhood Education
It all start with Early Childhood Education providing high-quality and age appropriate instruction. Tennessee must develop pre-k quality standards with emphasis on professional development for teacher and support student learning.
After school Programs
Erika knows firsthand the importance of providing support for students outside of school time, especially for low-income families. Erika understand unsupervised time right after school puts children at greater risk of being involved in juvenile crime and becoming victims of crime. High-quality after school programs will assist parents with staying employed and it helps their children do better in school.
President Trump’s Congressional Committee voted to cut 191 million dollars to eliminate federal funding for after school programs. This has impacted over 22,000 students in more than 550 communities across Tennessee. As your congresswoman, Erika will focus on federal funding and dollars for after school programs.