Abdel challenged the status quo by prioritizing transparency and
accountability. He questioned norms that prohibited Board Members
from communicating with their constituents through the media.
His mission was clear: to represent the people who entrusted him.
Abdel advocated for data-driven decisions and improved metrics
to ensure that the system works effectively for all citizens.
Championed pay increases provided to educators in every budget adopted
by the School Board.
Successfully sponsored a budget amendment adding a psychologist
position to the high school.
Successfully co-sponsored a budget amendment making all elementary
school psychologists full-time positions.
Successfully sponsored a budget amendment adding additional
full-time teaching positions in the high school to ease the burden
on teachers with large classes.
Advocated for collective bargaining for ACPS staff and serves on the
School Board Collective Bargaining Committee drafting a resolution to
eastablish the first collective bargaining process in ACPS history.
Passed a resolution requesting the City Council implements 15 mph
school zones in partnership with community advocates and organizations.
Sponsored two budget amendments aimed at evaluating and improving
restorative practices to end disproportionate suspensions of
students of color.
Advocated for smaller class sizes and tackled classroom overcrowding
through the enforcement of class size caps regulations, initiating a redistricting
process, increasing teaching positions, and securing funding for the construction of new schools.