My name is Aretta Baldon and I am running for re-election to the District 2 seat of the Atlanta Board of Education.
In the Special Election of November 2019, I answered the call to bring the voice back to District 2. I am an engaged and committed board member who advocates on behalf of ALL of Atlanta's children. I hit the ground running adding a fresh, analytical perspective to the finalization of the Strategic Plan; valuable input in the selection of our next superintendent; courage and compassion in leading the community through the renaming of Herman J Russell West End Academy; support and advocacy for the new Restorative Justice and Trauma Informed policies; accessibility and an open-mindedness to strengthen relationships and be a bridge within the community; increased transparency and accountability via the advocacy and support of the ABOE’s shift to a Student Outcomes Governance Model; sweat equity and dedication on the ground volunteering throughout the pandemic and supporting community Food Pantries.
The foundation has been laid but there is still much work left to be done. And, I need your support!
I am a 17-year resident of Washington Park, graduate of Spelman College, past 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 continue to bring my passion for education, love for our community and my business experience to our school board. I will continue 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 November 2nd?