ISSUES

I will prioritize as a school board member

UNITED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
I was born and raised in a working class, union household here in Madison. I love this community and would not be who I am today without the opportunities this school district afforded me. I believe public education is a human right, essential for a well-functioning democracy, and that all students should have access to the educational opportunities they deserve. Public schools are the great social equalizer that we must invest in to prepare the innovative workforce of tomorrow.

ARTS EVERY DAY
Our public schools should unlock lifelong curiosity and a love of learning, nurture critical thinking, build a sense of community, and establish a confident next generation of Madison leaders. By integrating the arts into core curricula and offering daily opportunities for creativity, we can promote equity, academic achievement, positive behaviors, and improved attendance for all students while supporting smaller class sizes, more planning time, and innovation in the classroom.

SAFE + HEALTHY SCHOOLS
Together we must stand for safe learning environments that are welcoming and inclusive for students of all backgrounds, cultures, languages, and identities. Young people should feel hopeful about their lives and futures rather than scared about violence and insecurity. As Co-Executive Director of GSAFE and Director of Youth Programming and Inclusion, my full-time job is ensuring safe and healthy schools throughout Wisconsin and I look forward to bringing this expertise to the MMSD Board of Education.

 

 
Ali speaking at the youth-led school walkout in 2017, where several thousand students from all over Wisconsin marched from Madison East High School to the Madison Capitol demanding gun control. Photo by Leslie Amsterdam.

Ali speaking at the youth-led school walkout in 2017, where several thousand students from all over Wisconsin marched from Madison East High School to the Madison Capitol demanding gun control. Photo by Leslie Amsterdam.