Running for the Leon County School Board District 2
My Promise to the Voters
I'm running for the School Board because I feel compelled to do something to help our public schools; speaking out about our problems is not enough.
I plan to draw upon my 36 years of experience as both a teacher and principal at SAIL High School to help make all schools places where every student, parent, and staff member feels valued and respected.
I will advocate for policies that value learning more than test scores.
I will ensure that every dollar spent supports the needs of our students.
I will place high priority on early childhood education and dropout prevention.
I will be an engaged school board member and a strong partner in the leadership of the district.
I will seek out innovative solutions inside and outside of Tallahassee to solve some of our toughest problems.
I will work to forge partnerships with the community to help us close our achievement and opportunity gaps.
I will insist on clear policies for ethical conduct in all facets of the school system.
I want to make a real difference for our children. I believe I bring the experience, leadership, and integrity that are required. I hope you think so too.
Wonderful! Teaching kids through the Arts works. So glad to see Leon County Schools Foundation supporting this.
Arts Grant Spotlight: Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts received a $6900 grant to create the "Building Reading Comprehension In, Through, and With the Arts" program. Students worked with artists from the Kennedy Center to develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music, language, and the spirit of poetry. Through this project, 291 at-risk students improved their performance by a grade level.
"Not so long ago, Florida lawmakers became obsessed with a high-stakes testing system that would theoretically weed out ineffective teachers.
Apparently, they never stopped to consider that their policies might also chase away a good percentage of effective teachers uninterested in planning an entire school year around a standardized test."
Let's restore teaching to the noble profession that it is!
Forget logic, Best & Brightest cost taxpayers $93 million to pay teachers $10K for their teenage SAT scores in the absence of proof these scores result in better/brighter teachers. However, plenty of evidence shows that the program is unfair to "highly effective" veteran teachers and those who never took the tests. Meanwhile, incoming FL Speaker Richard Corcoran is "committed to grow the program." Make sure your Nov. '16 vote is part of the solution.