We invited both people running for school board to share why they are running, to be in our October newsletter. Alas, we ran out of space! (mainly because of great National Night Out photos). So here, online, are words directly from candidate Zachary Price.  Thank you for sharing with us, Zachary.

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I’m the proud product of our great public schools, including Anderson High School in District 4 (Don’t hold that against me!). My experience has shown me what makes our schools great, but it has also given me good perspective on what else we could do to help our students succeed. I have a brother who’s a fifth grader at Gullett Elementary this year. I want to make sure he gets an even better education than I got. As a young person and recent AISD grad, I’m running for school board to serve as a voice for young people on the board that’s currently sorely missing. If elected, I would be the only member of the board who’s attended an AISD school in the last 20 years.

I’m absolutely honored to have the vocal support of parents, teachers, and students in our community. I’m especially proud to have the support of great local leaders and groups like Representative Gina Hinojosa, Education Austin – the local teacher’s union, the Travis County Democratic Party, March for Our Lives Austin, and Central Austin Democrats.

I’ve been shaped by my time in this community and have been honored to have the chance to give back to it. I played soccer with the North Austin Soccer Alliance for years – I still play adult league with my old coaches! I’ve had the chance to work for a number of great public servants in this community, including Senator Kirk Watson and Mayor Steve Adler. I’ve also been very involved in our schools. I have served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Austin Partners in Education and as an intern at Communities in Schools, which strives to decrease the dropout rate among our nation’s youth. I am also the co-founder of The Language Campaign, a nonprofit organization that helps English as a Second Language students in Austin high schools by pairing them with college-age mentors from The University of Texas. Through my advocacy work, I have worked hard to improve educational opportunities for students at five AISD high schools, including Anderson, Akins, Crockett, Reagan and Travis.

I’m running for school board because I think there are a core set of issues where our school district isn’t doing its job. These include improving resources for mental health and sexual assault, making sure our teachers are paid what they’re worth, ensuring that every student in AISD graduates with an equal education, and keeping our schools safe. I’m excited to be a voice for everyone who feels left out by the current process and thinks we can do better for our kids.