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Karen Keys-Gamarra has been serving on the Fairfax County School Board in the 10th largest school district in the nation.  She is the only African American elected to a county wide position. Keys-Gamarra is an experienced child advocate and attorney who represents children from diverse backgrounds.

Karen’s professional focus is on developing solutions for children and families.  As a Board member, she address such concerns as providing greater access to Advanced Academics, improving special education services and inclusion practices, addressing discipline disparities, improving services to our military-connected students and strengthening  anti-bullying efforts.

Karen serves on the Governance, Audit and Community Criminal Justice Comittees.  Keys-Gamarra also serves as the liaison to the Title I Parent Advisory Committee.

Why Karen?

When slavery sums up a child’s exposure to black history in a classroom, we need a change in our educational system. When discipline referrals for black, brown and special education students are more than three times those of their counterparts, we need a change in our educational system.

When Advanced Learning classes don’t reflect the diversity of the community, we need a change in our educational system. These are just a few of the issues negatively impacting our community.

Education is the great equalizer in our society and every child deserves access to excellent education in their community schools. I’m Karen Keys-Gamarra and I ran for School Board in the 10 the largest school system in our nation because we need to make sure all students have access to quality education. As an attorney who represents the best interests of children and works to remove barriers for kids every day, I recognize that this effort necessarily includes addressing concerns within our educational system.

As a mother of three boys, all of whom are of African American and Hispanic descent, I know the fears of a parent who wants to make sure that their child is not only safe but prepared for the future. I ran for school board because these fundamental issues are critical to our community and to my family. Now that I have served on the Board for nearly 2 years, I have been steadfast in working to remove barriers to access to education.

I work to remove confederate names from our schools and championed discipline reform designed to limit discretionary punishment and instead, provide rehabilitative work that includes parents in developing solutions and second chances. I have also led efforts to make sure that more children have access to advanced learning opportunities because I truly believe that every child needs to discover their strengths without societal limitations. And I have advocated for a curriculum that reflects the history of our student body and a workforce that brings the strength of diversity to our schools.

I am an African American parent and Attorney who advocates for access to educational opportunity. When we change the culture of our schools so that every child can discover his or her potential, we will see the achievement gap disappear and our communities become stronger as a whole. As a Fairfax County School Board member representing the entire County, this is my pursuit and my purpose.

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Your Trusted News Legacy! The Washington Informer, Your Community News Source since 1964

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For over a half century The Washington Informer has delivered community journalism that brings perspective and voice to the issues that affect our neighborhoods, businesses, and lives.

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EIGHT WAYS TO SPEND YOUR CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CHECK WISELY

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Black Americans will be among the millions in the country expected to get a stimulus check tied to the novel coronavirus relief package.

The U.S. government will provide individual American adults with $1,200 and married couples with $2,400. Parents will get an extra $500 for each child they have under 17. Those making over $75,000 will pocket lower amounts. Singles making $99,000 or more and married couples with children making $198,000 will get zero.

Many observers are asking when will we see the money? A Treasury Department proposal called for the checks to be issued beginning April 6, and another wave in mid-May. The checks are part of the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package that became law in late March. Yet some financial experts claim the money might not arrive until May.

The $2 trillion measure is the largest economic package in U.S. history. It’s aimed to help people who have lost jobs from the coronavirus’ colossal blow to the economy pay essential bills, including mortgages, rent and utilities. For those working and still getting a stimulus check, one question looms: will they use the money to pay debts, save, invest, or help the economy and small businesses where they live?

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BILL WITHERS ‘LEAN ON ME’ SINGER PASSES AWAY AT 81

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Bill Withers — the soulful singer-songwriter known for his string of hits in the ’70s — has died from heart complications … according to his family.

Withers died Monday in Los Angeles, but his family announced it Friday morning, saying … “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other.”

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