In 2017, Senator Ford fought for and secured an average 9% pay raise for Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers. He has supported school programs like Project LIFT and the Beacon Initiative to change the way traditionally underserved students are educated, supported and empowered to realize their full potential. The results increase academic achievement and graduation rates by utilizing nationally recognized professional development and providing job-embedded coaching to transform leadership, instruction and culture into sustainable results at each school. Senator Ford has also been a strong advocate for historical black colleges and universities by supporting funding in the General Assembly.
In 2017, North Carolina legislators including Senator Ford passed Raise the Age legislation to prevent juveniles under the age of 18 from being prosecuted as adults. He supports Ban the Box initiative to direct most state agencies to move the question regarding criminal history from the initial stages of job applications so they may be fairly considered for state employment. Senator Ford has also been a strong voice in the General Assembly fighting for reform of police body cameras for more accountability and transparency. With the passage of HB 972 which will allow the release of police dash and body camera video.
The redevelopment of the notorious Boulevard Homes into the Renaissance West Community Initiative is living proof that Charlotte can have smart affordable housing that does more than give people a new address. Senator Ford secured a $350,000 investment in this community that incubates residents’ children with an early childhood development center and high performing magnet school. In addition, a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College helps retrain parents and families for better job opportunities as Charlotte transforms into a city with high-tech jobs of the future.
Senator Ford worked with the City of Charlotte and NC Department of Transportation officials to secure the necessary funding for the $1 million Brookshire Boulevard and Mt Holly-Huntersville Road project. This project will improve traffic at Brookshire Boulevard and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road intersection located in the northwest corridor connecting Mecklenburg County. He was able to secure $25 million for the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. He has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana, and Senator Ford was honored as Sustainable Legislator of the Year 2016 for his work in environmental advocacy.