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OPSB District 3 Campaign Announcement and Platform

Hello, I am Amy Lafont and I am running for Orleans Parish School Board District Three, which includes the Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid-City, and Bayou St. John neighborhoods of New Orleans. I am a 10th generation Cajun/New Orleanian, public schools parent, professional facilities consultant, and active community volunteer.

My top 10 priorities as an Orleans Parish School Board member are to:

1. Assure that every child in Orleans Parish has access to the opportunities, resources and support he or she needs to succeed.

2. Offer students training in skilled trades and life/resiliency skills, in addition to college prep and the arts, to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

3. Recognize, value and apply the expertise of local stakeholders and community partners to address our issues.

4. Insist on more public input in budgeting and financial matters.

5. Ensure families have access to quality neighborhood schools in every district.

6. Institute meaningful charter school monitoring to empower families to make informed decisions.

7. Promote students’ voices and participation in decision-making.

8. Re-establish adult education and literacy programs.

9. Preserve, renovate and revitalize our structurally solid buildings to sustainable standards.

10. Earn back local governance of our public schools through implementing best practices, establishing accountable and transparent system-wide management, and maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Please let me know what your experiences, concerns, and priorities are. Together we can create a healthy public school system for New Orleans.

Thank you,
Amy Lafont
(504) 416-9766

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