We’ve already seen Stewart School, a historic elementary school in our community, closed and sold to luxury developers. Uplift High School, the only predominantly African-American High School on the Northside, was also recently at risk of closure. I serve on the committee to save Uplift because I refuse to see another school lost in from the community. Not only is access to education critical, it is also a vital piece of positively engaging youth and proactively preventing crime.

As part of the Uplift committee, I have helped choose a new principal, testified to preserve AP coursework, and helped win a sustainable community schools grant, and contributed to enrollment increasing and taking the school of the “endangered” list.

As Alderman, I will continue to fight for the preservation, increased enrollment, and resourcing of public schools in our ward and across the city.