2021 Birmingham City Election

David T. McKinney, Birmingham Board of Education D5

David McKinney

Birmingham Board of Education, District 5

David T. McKinney

Age: 38

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Candidate for Birmingham Board of Education, District 5, 2017

Professional experience: Educator for 15 years, professor at Jefferson State Community College; taught at Miles College, UAB and the University of Alabama

Education: Bachelor’s degree, communication, Troy University; master’s degree, communication management, UAB; educational specialist degree in instructional technology, University of Alabama; currently a doctoral candidate in the educational leadership program at the University of Alabama 

Civic experience: Educational coach to recruit and retain Black male educators, K-12; educational board member; high school dual enrollment instructor; advisory committees to fight for teacher tenure; Leaders of Color Pathways Initiative member and youth mentor

Significant endorsements: None

Top contributors: None listed

Main issues: Advocate for culturally relevant curriculum; prepare students to meet the reading requirements for the Literacy Act of 2023; more after-school programs and activities that will provide remediation and motivation toward academic success develop guidelines that support the pandemic recovery; create a three-year teacher mentoring program to prepare and retain new teachers; prepare students with the technological skills needed to be competitive in the global market; give the community a voice in working with the school system to develop relationships that support academic success