All candidates believe they will bring stability, achievement, quality results, and satisfaction to all students, parents, and teachers - and have developed platforms they believe will achieve it. As a Board Member, working with whomever to accomplish any measure of success regarding the challenges our schools face is an absolute necessity. While I find the ability and willfulness to find solutions wherever they may be essential to getting things done, I have also observed several missing elements of importance weighing into the the School Board’s pursuit of a well-balanced approach to bridging achievement gaps, preparing students for the future, and supporting parent involvement. I also identify several areas of improvement regarding CMS optimizing itself in waste, efficiency, and energy usage. It appears obvious to me issues regarding equity are counterbalancing the school system’s offering of an excellent education. I believe the only way you improve student success is to build a fundamentally sound foundation – and upon it, learning is successful for everyone.
1. “Equity, education, and excellence” – reads the CMS mission, and yet – significantly – some schools bare wide achievement gaps compared with others. All students, parents, and teachers have a right to both seek and want to attend quality schools. In fact, without the guarantee of a quality education being the ultimate reality of any public, private, or charter school, there is no reason to pursue this ideal as a possibility for everyone.
2. All students, parents, and teachers need confidence not only in their choice for school, but also in their reason(s) for selecting it. The pursuit of “choice schools” for all students, parents, and teachers is the ideal outcome of electing several options and getting your first choice. I find it much like electing an At-Large School Board Candidate. Three positions on the School Board are available. In a perfect world, maybe the three choice candidates for whom you cast your vote become Board Members. And yet still, schools remain beyond unsatisfactory. In fact, some seem to remain hopeless. I am not a candidate for hope or promise, but rather one who seeks to make every decision a student, parent, or teacher makes regarding education to be ultimately their best.
3. Parent involvement – in absolutely the most essential way – lays the foundation for student success and achievement, and is critical to student successes surrounding the learning process. In fact, parents must teach their children some of the most complicated things about life. Simplifying for parents in every way possible how to make the learning process easier for their children and meet the demands of flexible schedules is the key for involvement. Accessing all the resources available to parents to help them meet the demands of their children’s education - plain and simple - is by nature both an imperative and priority of the School Board.
Policies I will introduce will improve the educational experience of all students. Academic performance must be measured in more ways than one. Learning is, essentially, an active pursuit – and while kindergarten through high school is only a little longer than a decade, graduation must equip you with an education that lasts a lifetime. In fact, you must cultivate learning over an entire course of living. Every Board Member must support all ways to improve and maintain high levels of academic performance. The School Board, however, desperately needs the introduction of more focus on modernizing our schools’ energy usage, and ultimately eliminating operating procedures that both cause and contribute to climate change. In essence, teaching about climate change in today’s world is actually implementing measures to address it.
Undoubtedly, considering the challenges we overcome on a daily basis, our experience in solving unique, pressing, and difficult problems and issues has compounded our ability to overcome the odds as well. But the odds of receiving an excellent education are not something we must enter a lottery to achieve. A future is not something you gamble away, and neither is an educated guess how you approach achieving an excellent education for all students. Today, we must begin solving the problems that have belonged to tomorrow for far too long. While both discovering new and improving upon timeless ways of resolving problems will bring many successes, we must also achieve merit in the accomplishment of any task worth the effort. Great and incredible results regarding school beautification is one of the first things I want to observe as a Board Member and is a priority.