Primary Election: June 26, 2018

schoolsStanding Strong for Our Schools
Providing a quality education for our youngest citizens is one of the most important roles of our government. Parents, teachers, elected officials, and community members must work together to make decisions that positively impact our youth. We need someone at the table who understands the vital role education plays in our community.

For too many years our elected officials have put our excellent schools at risk by funding Frederick County Public Schools at the lowest amount allowed by law. It’s time we start viewing education as an investment in our best resource: our children. As a teacher in Frederick County and product of public schools, Jessica believes every child deserves a quality education. Through her active leadership in the Frederick County Teachers Association and Maryland State Educators Association, Jessica has experience advocating for school funding, lobbying for improved state education policies, and collaborating with education professionals, parents, and community members to guarantee that our public schools not only stay #1, but meet the needs of all students.

Research shows that the first five years of life are the most critical in determining future success. Cutting Head Start was a mistake that has impacted the most vulnerable members of our community and, despite great efforts by the YMCA, many children and families are not receiving these important supports.

Excellent public schools drive economic development, job growth, and the quality of life in our community. We know that the number one factor in a child’s school success is a positive relationship with the teacher. We must attract the best and brightest educators to Frederick County and keep them here in order to strengthen our schools and provide for our children. Jessica understands that in order for our public schools to thrive, there must be a true partnership between the County Government and the Board of Education. This means planning residential growth along with school construction to ensure that our schools do not become overcrowded and ensuring that all children have access to rigorous, diverse academic courses and programs, regardless of their geographic location within the county.

By the Authority of Friends of Jessica Fitzwater, Chelsea Kadish, Treasurer

   Friends of Jessica Fitzwater
   P.O. Box 661
   New Market, MD 21774