Shruti Bhatnagar

Candidate for County Council - At Large

On April 25, 2018, Democratic candidate for an at-large council seat in Montgomery County, Shruti Bhatnagar touched on a number of issues from diversity, to schools to public financing of campaigns.

Hear Shruti's Thoughts On:

 

Candidate Forums

 

On Community / Civic Involvement

 

  • Kensington Heights Civic Association

  • PTA President

  • Founding Member: Maryland Welcomes Refugees

  • MCPS Teacher and Parent Volunteer in Schools

  • Work on Health Care Committees

 

Schools

 

  • People move to MoCo for our Schools

  • Inequities / lack of resources

  • Needy populations in certain schools (Free and Reduced Meals Schools)

  • Needs of English Language Learners

  • Special Learning Needs Require Specific Solutions

  • Growing by 2500 students / year

 

Immigrant Experience

 

  • Language Challenges

  • Support this population

 

Various Challenges

 

  • Child Care is Expensive

  • How do we make people aware of beneficial programs?

 

Tackling Inequalities in Schools

 

  • Relieve Overcrowding

  • Consider boundary changes

  • Ensure funding to meet capacity / healthy environment

  • Our school system needs more money

  • After School Programs

  • Student Population / Needs Have Changed Radically in Last 10 Years

 

Community Engagement / Outreach

 

On Diversity in Montgomery County

 

Child Care Accessibility / Affordability for Working Families

 

Encouraging / Supporting Businesses

 

Housing Affordability Crisis

 

Equity and Opportunity for All - Main Priority

 

Climate Emergency

 

On Public Financing and Not Getting Matching Funds Due to a Technicality

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