Did you see our update yesterday? I'm running for re-election because I know we can make change -- we've done it before. Whether it's making sure every kid has a librarian in their school, or any other pressing issue we have to face, I'm proud to have your trust and support to get the job done.
This Friday is the final deadline for the campaign's fundraising this year. You've supported me before and I need your help again. Please act today and chip in $10, $25, or $50 to make it in time for this final report for 2021.
A Librarian In Every School.
Seeing a problem, working together to find a solution, and getting the job done. That's how I've approached my job as your Ward 6 Councilmember. And in my first two terms, I'm proud of what we've accomplished. Here's just one example I'm working on right now: ensuring every DCPS school has a full-time librarian.
Thirty-six schools started the year without a librarian - 36! - with dozens of schools losing last year's. To hear the Chancellor say it, every principal makes their own staffing decisions. But I think they're having to make an impossible choice - either hire enough math and language teachers or a full-time librarian. And we know it's often schools with mostly Black and Brown students that are put in this difficult position.
Earlier this summer, the Council had scrambled to pass a last-minute amendment to help fund librarians in this year's budget, but it's only a short-term fix. Let's stop making school communities fight for the basics and instead see librarians as the essential educators they are. This is about equity and putting the needs of our children first, and we have to do better. So I introduced legislation to require DCPS to fund a librarian in every school's budget, no matter what [Washington Informer: DCPS Librarians Support Legislation For Permanent Funding].
This is the type of leadership you can count on for Ward 6 and our city. And if you agree, I'd appreciate your support for our re-election campaign today.
As the proud son of a librarian, I know they're critical to improving reading comprehension, continuing learning outside of the classroom, and helping students discover a love of reading. Librarians change lives.
My bill hasn't even come up for a vote yet, but it's already having an impact. At a recent hearing, DCPS announced they've relented and will be funding a full-time librarian at every school next year.
This should be what we expect at every school in DC, for every child, and every year. This is just one example of my approach to public service.
I'm known for working closely with my colleagues on the Council, community organizations, and most importantly, school leaders and parents [WJLA: DCPS parents call for funding librarians in each school, 10 needed in schools]. Over my first two terms, we've worked tirelessly together to prioritize early childhood education and ensure every student has a great neighborhood school - and we've delivered. That means securing more than $600 million for Ward 6 school modernizations, creating the city's Books from Birth program, and demanding better inside the classroom, too, especially for those at-risk of falling further behind.
As your Councilmember, I've provided strong leadership to get the job done, but there's so much more we can accomplish together. This Friday is the next fundraising report deadline. Help me hit it with momentum. Please contribute to our re-election campaign for Ward 6 today. With every contribution by a DC resident matched through the Fair Elections Program, your $10, $25, or $50 makes a big impact!
Thanks for your continued support!
Paid for by Re-Elect Charles Allen for Ward 6 2022. 635 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Patrick Johnson, Treasurer.
A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.
Re-Elect Charles Allen
Washington, DC 20002
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