ABOUT MY RECORD
As a policy maker my record will show that I have advocated strongly for education at local, state and national levels during my tenure as a Trustee keeping the 45,000 students of Alief I.S.D. in the forefront of my decisions.
- Supported programs that improved nutrition and academic performance by working collaboratively with my board colleagues to implement universal breakfast programs feeding students for free; well beyond the 80% within our district who receive free and reduced lunch.
- Supported programs that engaged local businesses and non-profit organizations to work in partnership with counselors to mentor students at risks. My efforts help to establish the Scholastic “Real Men Read” R.E.A.L. program, where community leaders and school administrators read to students and encourages them to pursue their dreams. Also actively participated girls power mentor-ship program for middle to high school girls in connection with Alief YMCA as well as work with local non-profit organization to present Winter Wonderland for elementary students.
- Supported community engagement becoming the first Alief School Board Member to coordinate the Pastors’ Educational Prayer Breakfast; offering dialogue and opportunities for shared decision, social support and mentoring that renewed relationship between the school district and entities of faith within the community.
- Opposed policies that would be considered violations of students’ First Amendment rights to freedom of expression or violations of parents’ 14th Amendment liberty interests in rearing their children. Proposed careful revision to student dress code policies allowing male students with facial hair to focus on academics rather than the demand, embarrassment or public humiliation of shaving.
- Supported financial strategies that ensured our district maintained fiscal soundness while making it possible to reduce the district tax rate over the last 5 years. Work diligently to ensure salary analysis produced quantifiable justification of a salary increase and fair compensation for both exempt and non-exempt employees.
- Supports quality education that will move students toward high wage / high skill jobs. Lobbied and worked collaboratively with educational leaders and state legislators to pass House Bill 5 (HB5) that increase opportunities for students to become more prepared with college and career options through College Readiness courses as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. HB5 was also crafted to reduce the numbers of exams required for State testing.
- Support authoring a board policy that promote economic opportunities to small, women and minority owned businesses. Proposed an “Alief First” model within our 36.6 square miles radius with a goal of keeping taxpayer dollars local within the community.
- As an entrepreneur supported Alief procurement efforts to host events that provide timely insights to vendors on how to do business with the district; ensuring transparency in bid processes along with providing savings in taxpayer dollars for capital improvements projects.
- Support Early Matters – the Greater Houston Partnership’s Early Childhood Education/Pre-K Initiative; offering a coalition of business, civic, education, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations working together to raise awareness about the importance of high quality early education to promote positive school outcomes and workforce readiness.