1. Education Reform:
• Engaging parental oversight by allowing parents to learn the same curriculum as their children by supporting weekend classes. Another proposal would be to use the web as an access portal from teachers to parents as means to online learning for parents as well.
• Restoring work force classes. Civics classes and vocational training in middle school and high school give future generations the capability to enter the work force, even if college is not an option for them. Preparation to function as young adults helps further their education in college.
• Parental accountability. Introducing a system where teachers are able to hold parents accountable. Children have potential and it is evident when parents are involved. The lack of parental reinforcement at home for poor behavior/attendance would allow the teacher to issue referrals to the school guidance counslelor so parents can receive assistance with communication skills and other needs. If necessary, in extreme cases seeking family court involvement for professional help where it is needed.
2. Employment opportunity/incentives:
• Creating work opportunities for all. America is built on the structure of entrepreneurs and small businesses are the core of the work force today. Engaging and supporting ownership allows citizens to gain pride and proprietorship which results in better and more responsible citizens.
• Small business incentives. Small businesses hiringfrom within the district should be first to be considered for business grants. Currently, foreign nationals are outsourcing local American business, which hinders internal growth. Allowing grants to aid American citizens first will always allow prosperity from within hence a community that serves itself.
3. Diminishing re-incarceration:
• Continued rehabilitation. Post convicted felons of non-violent crimes, who demonstrate the ability for proper integration into society should be eligible for a program to expunge their records after seven years. Our youth is the most prominent for this program; as young as 16 years old adolescents in my community are likely to be convicted of a felony as a result of a bad decision. Although never reoffending again, this can hinder their ability to have a better future.
• Agreements for abatement. Proposing that in exchange for better conduct post imprisonment a ‘contract’ agreement is offered. A treaty made between applicant and the state that will impose stiffer punishments if new felonies are attained. This will give first time non-violent felons light at the end of the tunnel, and a true second chance at housing and job placement. Eligibility is based on residency of seven years.
4. Housing Adjustment Initiative:
• Ending single-parent households. A person utilizing Section 8 is likely to be denied a live-in partner, which results in separate families and many time government produced single-parent homes. Because of the lack of parental authority in one household, studies show children are more likely to become non-responsive to authority. Removing such restrictions with caution and in case-by-case basis, allows a nucleusfamily unit.
• Changing dynamics. Another proposal to allow people to live without the need for government assistance focuses on communal classes teaching members of the household detrimental skills. Some of these include: small businessentrepreneurship, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing skills. This enables citizens for financial independence, and the ability to apply for city grants. Resulting in growth for them, the city, and the economy overall.
• Enabling members to help others. Because Section 8 is mainly government funded, reimbursement initiatives are set for those who were able to thrive be able to help others in the Section 8 system.
5. Civil Servants Initiative:
• Enforcing the civic duty. Monies allocated for civic service will also draw from the Section 8 program and reimbursed loans. A small fee will be charged to tenets of Section 8 as well are from the repayments to support local civic service such as law enforcement, fire department, and others.
• Re-institution of police athletic league. Pro-social programs are detrimental to the moral and welfare of the members of society. Engagement between law enforcement and the community enable community-led policing initiatives. Furthermore, such programs assist law enforcement officers to grow with the community they serve, thus, creating better interaction between law-enforcement officers and the community. The more lines of open communication established the greater the chance we have at law and order being respected.
6. Environmental consciousness:
• Sunlight is free initiative. Learning from other cities that have major pollution problems, it is important to focus on better environment and utilizing renewable sources for energy. A resolve to my opponent’s failed idea is to begin to attainable and logistically doable plans. I propose placingsolar panels on all New York City housing properties by 2050. Creating a better environment for all is indicative of better health; this also results in reducing the cities cost in energy fees.