Asked and Answered
What would you like me to answer to help you decide who to vote for? Send me an email. I'm happy to answer any questions!
How will you support teachers?
How will you promote transparency and honesty?
The best way to support transparency and honesty is by being transparent and honest. My record on this speaks for itself. I don't hide what your government is doing and I don't say different things to different people. I will not vote for closed sessions that are not absolutely necessary and I will demand final action be made Public and with adequate notice. Process is a protection against Tyranny.
How do you feel about SFA that the Board wants to implement?
I have not seen Success for All (& am immediately suspicious because of the name) but I do not have a problem with a phonics component in the teaching of decoding. To be honest, phonemic awareness is most useful in the subject matter of Spelling (and even then the number of words that break the rules is staggering due to the polyglotinous (<-probably not a real word) nature of English). My greatest concerns with this resource (which I will be studying if elected) are several.
First is the assumption that the problem with Reading and Writing in the MPSD is one particular resource or another. I have been saying for many years now that the District's cookie cutter approach to education is anti-intellectual and harmful to real learning. I have way too much to say about the Art of Teaching and the lie of Best Practices, anyone interested is welcome to call me at 652-0036.
Second is the costs we are ready to spend when we need a referendum just to keep our teachers. I don't trust that these dollars are being wisely spent.
Finally, the Team the District sent to Kansas came back with a disconcerting report that, while that District's internal measures showed their students making gains, State assessments did not. Should we use a program that makes us feel we are getting better even though we can show that to the State?
Why are you running for school board?
What do you think the number one issue is in our district and what will you do to about it?