My name is Aretta Baldon and I am running for the open District 2 seat of the Atlanta Board of Education.
Our community needs an engaged and passionate board member who will tirelessly fight for our children.
I am a 15-year resident of Washington Park, graduate of Spelman College, president of my daughter's school PTO, parent organizer, and mother. I am raising my daughter in our neighborhood that has such a rich culture and history. As a parent organizer with Atlanta Thrive, I’ve knocked on hundreds of our neighbors’ doors, meeting many of you. I am proud and grateful to have the opportunity to live in, advocate for, and serve this beautiful community. As a single working mom, buying my first house wasn’t easy, but I am proud that I chose this community.
Positive change is happening, but it’s not enough to ensure our children are well prepared to succeed. District 2 schools rank near the bottom of educational opportunities for my daughter and thousands of our community’s children.
Almost 80% of children in District 2 are not reading, writing or doing math on grade level.
Our students deserve an opportunity for a better life; education is the gateway to that opportunity. It’s time to speak up, stand up, show up, and vote! The squeaky wheel gets the grease and we need parents and community advocates who are pushing the APS school board and the Superintendent to address our kids’ needs with urgency.
We can and we must do better.
My address, and yours, deserves the best. With your vote and support, I will bring my passion for education, love for our community and my business experience to our school board. I will be a champion for families, teachers, and principals that are working hard to ensure our children receive a world-class education.
Can I count on your support and vote in this runoff election on October 15th?