There are tons of issues swirling around right now in Education nationally and locally; To me, these three are the big ones that I’m going to focus on in my next two years on the school board, as I feel we can and must improve with respect to these areas:
1. Providing greater access by ALL students to equal course offerings; ensuring equality of instructional ability and instructional materials between A/P and Honors classes and “regular classes” and not lowering the bar and expectations of kids based on arbitrary score "cut-offs" that do not take a students unique circumstances into account.
2. Providing access to a streamlined process for identifying and providing services to students with disabilities without stymieing parents; Putting families through bureaucratic processes which are at odds with Federal law—in the hopes these students and parents will be worn down-and then assigning blame to “the school site” or the “case worker” or “the student’s family.” This is unacceptable. The buck must stop with us. And, once services are offered, a better system of ensuring plans and the LAW are followed must be put into place. If this means additional audits, internally or via a third party, then I'll support and advocate for this-we must get this right.
3. Ensuring kids are not trapped in failing schools by allowing unions, bureaucrats, and others in the Government Education Complex to roadblock charter schools, school choice, and inter-district transfers that enable ALL students to attend great schools if these students and their families request this. Trapping kids in chronically failing schools is shameful, no matter the excuses.