D-6 Eshe’ Collins

Contact Information

Email – eshe@collinsforkids.com

Phone – 404-692-1395

Eshe’ Collins Campaign Website

Compliance with Candidate Filing Requirements

All timely filed.

Background

An Atlanta native and former teacher in Atlanta Public Schools … Eshé led the afterschool and summer tutoring programs for the Bowen Homes community and co-founded the “Reaching Back, Bridging Gaps” reading program, a community-based literacy initiative. … [She] worked in Cape Town, South Africa where she helped refugee women and children access quality services and enrollment in local schools. … Currently, Eshe’ serves as the Project Director for Jumpstart at Georgia State University, an early education, non-profit organization that delivers a high-quality curriculum to preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. [She] earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Spelman College, M.S. in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University and J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She holds Georgia educator certifications in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership and a license to practice law in the State of Georgia. 

“I’ve  devoted my entire career to making sure every child has the opportunity  to get a high-quality education. I’ve learned that the education of our  children is a community responsibility and that quality schools are  essential to the success of our students and our city.”

Education Priorities

Collins said she would improve student achievement at early levels and promote school district accountability.

Early education must be a top priority for Atlanta’s schools. The evidence is overwhelming: It is much more effective to give a student a high-quality early education than it is to address low performance later through remediation. Early intervention is more cost-effective for the schools, and, more important, better for the child.

School leaders must be held accountable. … the most successful teachers, classrooms and schools are those with the most effective leadership at every level. The Board and district must be accountable to students, parents and the community and support change in schools that benefit our students the most.

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

Position on Allocation of Resources

Position on Class Size Waivers and Average Class Size

[After BOE passed FY14 budget] A former Atlanta schools teacher, Eshe Collins, said she was happy to hear that the school board emphasized the importance of educators. “It’s a great idea to increase teachers and reduce class sizes. It shows that our school district is moving forward,” said Collins, who attended the meeting.

Position on the Budget Process

Position on Overcapacity Issues and School Closings

Position on Board’s Oversight Responsibilities

Position on Charter Schools

[Per an email from Ms. Collins] “Every parent wants a great education for their children. I support all of our public schools and think that great public school choices should be available to all our kids. We should learn from schools that have had success – including public charter schools – and use those lessons to bring real and meaningful improvement to our district’s public schools, and that will be one of my primary focuses on the school board.”

Ms. Collins has been a financial supporter of Kipp Charter Schools

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

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