Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I support Sunil Dasgupta for the 2020 at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education, and I’m hosting an online event with Sunil on Monday, May 11, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, that I invite you to attend. The form to register is https://forms.gle/
We’ll be receiving mail-in ballots soon — I received 2020 Maryland Absentee Ballot e-mail from the Board of Elections on May 4 — so in case you want to vote before Monday, I’ll relate to you now that:
I support Sunil because a) he’s highly qualified and b) he has taken a clear progressive position supporting boundary analysis and changes as an approach to relieving school overcrowding. Progressive here means that for Sunil, equity — equal access — is a primary consideration as we tackle pressing and difficult school capacity, funding, educational, and student-support challenges.
Sunil is engaged and highly responsive. He has the ability to take on difficult matters such as overcrowding in a sensitive way that will advance us toward solutions rather than deepening divisions, and he has the experience and connections to be effective in the BOE role from day 1. I’ll paste in additional position points below my signature.
Of course Sunil understands education, our public schools, and our system, and he has a true activist’s passion to work especially hard for Montgomery County students who most need strong Board of Education advocates on their side. Condensed background: “Sunil Dasgupta, Ph.D., is a first-generation immigrant, parent of three public school students, and a longtime educator in Montgomery County. Sunil serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and is MCCPTA Health and Wellness chair and Rockville Cluster Coordinator. Sunil was PTA President at Earle B. Wood Middle School and serves on the Montgomery Planning Board’s Schools Technical Advisory Team. Sunil teaches political science and directs the Political Science Program for UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Nearly 90 percent of Sunil’s students have been Montgomery County Public School students who take the 2+2+2 pathway from high school to Montgomery College and finally to the USG.”
Learn more about Sunil and his positions, sign up for campaign updates, and contribute at sunildasgupta.com, and I hope you will join the Monday session I’m hosting for him, May 11, 5 pm-6:00 pm, RSVP here: https://forms.gle/
Sunil will — key positions:
- Defend public education from budget cuts and unequal access
- Add teachers and staff, and reduce class size/staff ratio to meet the individual needs of students
- Expand counselors and social workers to meet the crisis in student mental health
- Enable parents, teachers, and staff to work together to ensure student success
- Push for climate change action by adding solar generation and converting the MCPS bus fleet to electric
- Find the resources to achieve these goals, including rebalancing the capital and operating budgets
- Create a process for regular, systemwide school boundary review and adjustment, using time-lagged execution of change to ensure student assignment stability
- Develop processes for open data, transparent decisions, and public accountability