Why I’m Running For School Board

I’m Audrey Clement, the Independent candidate for Arlington School Board. As a 14-year Westover resident and civic activist–with a Ph.D. in Political Science and service as a Congressional Fellow–I’m running for School Board, because the county faces several crises that Arlington Public Schools (APS) has failed to address. These include:

  • excessive capital spending with millions wasted on schools that have insufficient capacity when built
  • overcrowded schools with thousands of kids crammed into trailers
  • declining high school test scores
  • persistent minority student achievement gap

My opponent Barbara Kanninen has lost touch with the voters. As School Board chair, Kanninen recently rammed through a resolution to change the name of Washington-Lee High School with no public notice despite widespread opposition to the name change.

If elected, I pledge to:

  • Keep the name of Washington-Lee High School, the first integrated public high school in Virginia
  • Accelerate new school construction to provide classrooms on time and on budget
  • Reverse declining high school test scores
  • Rein in profligate School Board spending
  • Promote school safety with a focus on violence prevention
  • Provide tutoring for under achievers
  • End “teaching to the test”
  • Mainstream special needs students
  • Install efficient renewable energy in all public schools
  • Respond to the concerns of all taxpayers

As a long-time community activist and current member of the Arlington Transportation Commission, I am confident that I can deliver on my pledge.

If you share my agenda, then:

  • Spread the word about my candidacy
  • Volunteer to help
  • Donate to my campaign

Together we can provide Arlington students with a better education at less cost.