Linda Cropp announced her candidacy last night for reelection to her Ward 4 D.C. school board seat. About 100 supporters heard Cropp's announcement at the Powell Elementary School on Upshur Street NW.
Cropp said that she would work to improve school curriculum, stabilize the school board's financial policy and secondary-level promotions.
Cropp also said that she would push careers in technology in the high schools and vocational training. "As computers and modern technology take over, we must train students to become productive citizens of the 21st century," she said. "D.C. students will no longer follow the trend, they will make the trend."
Among those present for the announcement of Cropp's candidacy for another four-year term in the Nov. 8 election were D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and Dr. Marilyn Tyler Brown, assistant superintendent of the division of student services.
Six of the 11 school board seats are up for election this fall. The post pays a salary of $17,000 annually. Cropp has been endorsed for reelection by Barry, school board president David Eaton, Ward 6 board member John Warren and Edna Frazier-Cromwell, who recently was appointed to the Ward 1 seat.
A member of the school board since 1979, Cropp, 36, is head of the educational programs committee. She also has headed the parents, students and community support services committee. Cropp is a former guidance counselor and former teacher in the D.C. public schools.