As the only candidate with children in St. Paul Public Schools, I know strong schools thrive in strong cities with strong neighborhoods. It is in this area that City Council plays a critical role.
Strong neighborhoods begin by being safe places. Schools are struggling for scarce resources while being challenged to respond to today’s complex challenges. Kids need to know that they are safe and belong in their school community just like at home. Rather than fighting with the schools over scarce budgets, I will work to provide school resource officers without charging the school system, keeping our kids safe and letting the schools focus on helping kids learn.
Strong neighborhoods and schools also include areas that matter to all of us. Streets that are well-maintained and safe for kids crossing to get home. Strong neighborhoods include libraries and parks to give our kids places to explore, shoot hoops or skateboard. We need to continue to improve ways to share our resources, both City and School District.
And, strong neighborhoods have jobs – both for the parents who live in the neighborhood and for teenagers after school. Most importantly, strong neighborhoods have neighbors who care about the kids in the school, regardless if they are their own kids or someone else’s.
In short, as a member of City Council, I’ll continue to do what I have been doing – working with neighbors, businesses and schools to build strong, safe neighborhoods where kids and families thrive.