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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board District 6 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Guilford County Schools school board District 6 in North Carolina— incumbent Khem Irby (D) and Tim Andrew (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Irby:

“I am personally passionate about being able to provide the best possible education with the resources that are given to us. I am committed to working with and advocating along side my colleagues for a greater investment for public good of education. Our policies must show children that we want them to be successful and that we respect and support educators for being the experts in a successful educational system.”

Andrew:                   

“Increasing student proficiency and preparing our graduates to compete in our modern economy. Guilford County is on the cusp of great economic development, and we need to prepare our students to take advantage of the opportunities that are here.”

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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board District 2 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Guilford County Schools school board District 2 in North Carolina— Amanda Cook (D) and Crissy Pratt (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Cook:

“Standardized testing has to go. The mental, emotional, and physical toll it takes on teacher and students is not paying off in any way. I believe we need to evaluate our allotment model in Guilford County. Our current model allows inequality among schools to offer courses which students are interested in taking or that might better prepare them for the future.”

Pratt:                   

“I am passionate about educating students. It has been my life’s work, in every job that I have held. I believe in allowing every student to reach their full potential and to grow and learn. However, I am very concerned by what appears to be a lowered bar of standards in GCS. Our test scores have been trending downward for years, even pre-Covid. We have allowed distractions to take the focus away from what school is all about – education.”

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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board At-large seat in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for the Guilford County Schools school board At-large seat in North Carolina— Alan Sherouse (D) and Demetria Carter (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Sherouse:

  • “Working for equity. Our public schools represent our best collective opportunity to impact the lives of our children and youth.”
  • “Valuing teachers. Our GCS professional educators should be trusted, empowered and supported to ensure their longevity and thriving in our system, as well as the continued growth of our students.”
  • “Improving Facilities. With the approval of the recent SMART bond, GCS has a tremendous opportunity to provide new and renovated environments for our students and educators.”

Carter:                   

  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will advance the rights of parents to be involved in their child’s education.”
  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will fight to ensure our schools educate and provide opportunities and resources to and for students to excel academically!”
  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will ensure our schools are neutral places of learning and are safe places of learning! All politics must be eliminated from our schools. Teachers must not be allowed to tell a child she/he is essentially worthless due to the color of their skin. Moreover, no teacher is qualified to discuss gender identity or gender-affirming care with any student.ey are not qualified to”

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All candidates for Prince George’s County Board of Education District 6 in Maryland complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Prince George’s County Board of Education District 6 in Maryland — Branndon Jackson and Ashley Kearney — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Prince George’s County Board of Education consists of 13 members. Nine members are elected by district to four-year terms, three members are appointed by the county executive and one member is appointed by the county council.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Jackson:           

“Equity in Education All students are created equal, but not all student’s circumstances are the same. Equity must be a driving factor in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). For PGCPS students to flourish, we must all engage as a community in promoting equity. We must remain sensitive to the needs of each student to help bridge the opportunity gap.”

Kearney:               

“I am passionate about ensuring that students are provided safe, joyous, and empowering 21st century learning communities led by highly qualified educators who feel supported leading the charge. As a result, my platform consists of the following issues: school safety, school infrastructure, community schools, educator effectiveness and workforce development.”

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All candidates for Wake County School Board District 8 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Wake County School Board District 8 in North Carolina — incumbent Lindsey Mahaffey and Steve Bergstrom — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to the Wake County county public school system website, the school board is made up of nine members who “set policy for the school system implemented by the superintendent and administrative staff. The board also adopts an annual budget proposal that includes its request for local funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners as well as its plan for using state and federal funds.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Mahaffey:   

“Staff retention and recruitment. Working with our county commissioners, state legislators and community members so they understand the needs in our schools and can celebrate our students. We have worked hard to increase behavioral health supports, increase staff pay, create a community tutoring program, and become a sustainably led, fiscally responsible district.”

Bergstrom:               

“The time for strong leadership has never been more critical. Wake County has witnessed 8 years of failed policies. Educational progress is declining at rates we’ve never seen, and the damage of lockdowns has exacerbated the problems our schools were experiencing pre-pandemic. We need a course correction – now!”

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All candidates for Wake County School Board District 7 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

All three of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Wake County School Board District 7 in North Carolina — incumbent Chris Heagarty, Jacob Arthur, and Katie Long — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to the Wake County county public school system website, the school board is made up of nine members who “set policy for the school system implemented by the superintendent and administrative staff. The board also adopts an annual budget proposal that includes its request for local funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners as well as its plan for using state and federal funds.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Heagarty:   

“Since joining the Board of Education I have been passionate about improving mental health services for students, to ensure that all children feel safe and supported and are in the best mindset to learn and grow in school. This advocacy has led to the adoption of our district’s first mental health policy for student and increased hiring of school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and social workers.”

Arthur:               

“There is no reason Wake County Public Schools should not be the best in the nation. For far to long, the school board has flown under the radar to implement there social agenda rather than focusing on sound education. This has resulted in falling proficiency rates in reading and math, year over year for the past decade. It is time to change leadership and head in a new direction by empowering parents, investing in students and supporting teachers.”

Long:

“Our school system requires reformation to meet today’s challenges. I will work with fellow board members along with parental involvement, shifting our focus to helping our children achieve academic proficiency, providing transparency in academic achievement reporting, and improving how resources are spent. We must ensure that our students have the highest quality education possible by running a school system that best prepares them for their future success.”

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Hall Pass: Your Ticket to Understanding School Board Politics, Edition #36

Welcome to Hall Pass, a newsletter written to keep you plugged into the conversations driving school board politics and governance.

In today’s edition, you’ll find:

  • On the issues:  The debate over critical race theory and whether its ideas make white students feel guilty for their skin color
  • School board general election previews: Florida and California
  • Extracurricular: education news from around the web

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On the issues: The debate over critical race theory and whether it makes white students feel guilty about their skin color

In this section, we curate reporting, analysis, and commentary on the issues school board members deliberate when they set out to offer the best education possible in their district.

A recent subtopic of the debate over critical race theory about whether the ideas of critical race theory cause children in schools to feel guilt over the color of their skin. 

Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez write that when CRT is used to develop K-12 curricula it can teach white children that they contribute to white supremacy because of their skin color, even if their actions are not racist. The authors say ideas of systemic oppression that separate children into categories of oppressed people and oppressors based on skin color violate federal law and hurt white and non-white students. 

Christie Nold and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca write that some history is ugly and can naturally cause some white children to feel guilty about their skin color. The authors say such lessons are not inherently discriminatory and should still be taught. They say teachers can help students work through complex feelings of guilt and help them channel their feelings into supporting what the authors call racial justice.  

Keep Racist Critical Race Theory Ideology Out of K-12 Classrooms | Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez, The Heritage Foundation

“How would you feel if your child came home from school and said her teacher had told her that everything that happens in the world is “racist” and that she’s part of the problem because of the color of her skin? … Examples such as these are common in K-12 schools today. When educators treat students differently because of their skin color or say children are guilty of oppression because of their race, it violates existing law. It should go without saying, but such dogma is also dispiriting for all children, white or non-white. … State officials, local school board members, and educators have the power—and the right—to prevent this new material from telling students that there is no America, only tribes competing for power. Anyone living in a nation alongside people from different ethnic backgrounds should take seriously the issues of race and equality under the law, but Americans also need to recognize the difference between separate racist acts and a legal system stacked against individuals from certain ethnicities. … Racist acts are deplorable and should be condemned. Yet, declaring Americans to be systemically racist today is a sign of disrespect to those brave souls who marched in civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, fought to defend our way of life overseas, or are protecting our streets and communities now.”

Why the narrative that critical race theory ‘makes white kids feel guilty’ is a lie | Christie Nold and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, The Hechinger Report

“To avoid confronting this lie, the narrative of history lessons making white kids feel guilty has taken hold. Many of the recent “anti-CRT” bills ban any curricula that could lead an individual to “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or another form of psychological distress solely because of the individual’s race or sex.” A Heritage Foundation commentary endorsing the laws asked, “How would you feel if your child came home from school and said her teacher had told her that everything that happens in the world is ‘racist’ and that she’s part of the problem because of the color of her skin?” The universal language here only thinly veils the assumed white subject for whom this concern is whipped up. …[F]or those of us who are white, we need to know that when we emphatically reject the narrative of the guilty white child by telling our stories, the right’s lie will be obvious: Their concern is not that children will feel bad when learning about the fight for racial justice, but that children will feel good. Young white people with the capacity to act in solidarity with movements for justice are dangerous to white supremacy and its guardians. Those are the real stakes — not white children feeling guilty, but white children armed with truth, history and a righteous desire to work with others to change the world.”

School board general election previews: Florida and California

We’re covering over 500 school board elections in 23 states on Nov. 8. Between now and Election Day, we’ll bring you quick previews of our school board battlegrounds. Last week, we looked at elections in districts in Texas

Today, let’s look at a few races we’re watching in Florida and California. All of the following races are on our list of school board elections where one or more candidates has taken a stance on at least one of the following topics: race in education/critical race theory, responses to the coronavirus pandemic, sex and gender in schools. 

Florida

Florida’s school districts held nonpartisan primary elections on Aug. 23. You can read our coverage of those elections here. Primary candidates won outright if they managed to collect a simple majority of the votes. If no candidate won more than 50% of the votes, the two candidates with the most votes advanced to the Nov. 8 general elections. 

In Florida, each county is a school district. 

Florida’s primaries were unique in that both gubernatorial candidates—incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former Gov. Charlie Crist (D)—endorsed school board candidates. Twenty-five of the DeSantis-endorsed candidates won outright or advanced to the general elections. 

Perhaps the most significant news to come out of the Aug. 23 primaries was the shift in partisan power in a handful of the state’s largest districts. Conservatives obtained a majority in Miami-Dade County, Sarasota County, and Duval County. 

School District of Indian River County District 2: Incumbent Jacqueline Rosario and Cynthia Gibbs are running. In the primary, Rosario won 47% of the vote to Gibbs’ 26% (two other candidates also ran). Both Rosario and Gibbs have worked as teachers. DeSantis endorsed Rosario, while Crist endorsed Gibbs. Rosario has also been endorsed by Moms for Liberty and the 1776 Project PAC. On her campaign website, Gibbs writes, “I support parental rights insofar as no one parent’s rights supersede another’s. Our society is a multi-faceted blend of cultures and lifestyles and our public schools should reflect that.” Rosario’s campaign website says: “My core principles are rooted in limited government, local control, freedom of school choice, fiscal responsible, and equal opportunities for ALL students to receive a high-quality education.”  

As of the 2019-2020 school year, the School District of Indian River County had 17,871 students, 1,046 teachers, and 29 schools. 

Polk County Public Schools: Incumbent Lisa Bone Miller and Jill Sessions are running in the general election for District 7. Miller was first elected in 2017. In the primary, Miller received 42.4% of the vote to Sessions’ 37.5% and Dell Quary’s 20.1%. Although DeSantis did not endorse Sessions, Sessions was one of several Polk County candidates who signed DeSantis’ Education Agenda (DeSantis backed District 3 candidate Rick Nolte, who defeated incumbent Sarah Fortney in the primary). The 1776 Project PAC endorsed Sessions. Miller, a business owner, was first elected to the District 7 seat in 2017. Miller has campaigned on her record, which she says includes an ongoing district efficiency review and promoting family and school collaboration.  

As of the 2019-2020 school year, the Polk County Public Schools had 102,952 students, 5,856 teachers, and 164 schools.

Seminole County Public Schools: Candidates running for two of the three seats up for election this year advanced to the general election. Sean Cooper and Kelley Davis are running for District 2, while Dana Fernandez and Autumn Garick are running for District 5 (the District 1 incumbent, Kristine Kraus, won her election outright). Davis, an attorney and former Seminole County Public Schools high school teacher, has run on boosting teacher pay and recruiting and retaining teachers. Cooper, the CEO of a nonprofit, is campaigning on family empowerment and character development. 

Fernandez and Garick completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey, and we featured their responses in the Sept. 14 edition of this newsletter. You can read Fernandez’s answers here and Gerick’s answers here. Fernandez, a former teacher, has run on safety, parents’ rights, and accountability. Gerick, a school volunteer, has run on preserving and promoting excellence and supporting educators. Fernandez signed Moms for Liberty’s pledge.

As of the 2019-2020 school year, the School District of Indian River County had 68,096 students, 3,571 teachers, and 77 schools. 

Brevard Public Schools: Three of five seats are up for election this year. District 1 candidate Megan Wright and District 5 candidate Katye Campbell won their elections outright in the primaries. Erin Dunne and Gene Trent, two of four candidates running for the District 2 seat, advanced to the general election. The Brevard Democratic Party endorsed Dunne, a teacher, while the Brevard Republican Executive Committee endorsed Trent. According to Florida Today’s Bailey Gallion, the board currently has two Republican, two Democratic and one independent members. Cheryl McDougall, the District 2 incumbent, is a Democrat and did not file for re-election. District 1 incumbent Misty Belford, the independent, was defeated in the primary by Megan Wright, a Republican. If Dunne wins, Republicans will have a 3-2 majority. If Trent wins, Republicans will have a 4-1 majority. 

As of the 2019-2020 school year, Brevard Public Schools had 73,962 students, 4,515 teachers, and 114 schools.

California

Some districts held nonpartisan primaries on June 7, including the San Diego Unified School District. 

San Diego Unified School Board: Two of five seats are up for election this year. In the race for the District C seat, Cody Petterson and Becca Williams advanced from the June 7 primary. Williams, a Republican, and Petterson, a Democrat, completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. 

Here’s how Petterson, a senior policy advisor for the county, answered the question, “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”:

“My two areas of most active public policy engagement have been public education and the environment. For the last half decade, I’ve worked with Educate for the Future to organize and moderate trainings, workshops, and summits on public education policy, including science-based closure and re-opening, social and emotional learning, district budgeting, special education policy and funding, achieving full and fair funding, best-practices to close the achievement gap, post-COVID learning recovery, and countering anti-CRT, anti-mask, anti-vaxx, and anti-mandate discourse.”

Here’s how Williams, who works for a curriculum company and founded three charter schools answered the question, “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

“Education, Education Funding, Charters, Vouchers and School Choice.”

Williams said she was motivated to run by how the current board’s progressive policies, including the response to the pandemic: “I do think I have a ton to offer this district in terms of refining thinking on a lot of things, because they’re used to doing things the same way and they have not had anyone who’s seen how things are done in different parts of the country.”

In an interview, Petterson said: “Schools happen not only to be one of the last real, powerful institutions standing that has those sort of New Deal values. But they also happen to be the institution in which the generation that is going to be left to pick up the pieces is in right now.” 

As of the 2019-2020 school year, San Diego Unified School Board had 102,270 students and 176 schools. The district is the second largest by enrollment in the state. 

Extracurricular: education news from around the web

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Take our Candidate Connection survey to reach voters in your district

Today, we’re highlighting survey responses from the Nov. 8 general election for two at-large seats on the Baltimore City Public Schools Board of Education in Maryland. Baltimore City Public Schools is the sixth largest district in the state. As of the 2019-2020 school year, the district had 79,187 students, 4,932 teachers, and 159 schools. 

Four candidates advanced from the July 19, 2022, primary for the two seats. A total of eight candidates ran in the primary. 

April Curley, Ashley Esposito, and Salimah Jasani completed the Candidate Connection survey. Kwame Kenyatta-Bey has not yet filled out the survey. 

Here’s an excerpt from Curley’s answer to the question “Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

“By bridging the digital divide, I will ensure that no student in Baltimore City is left behind in the fast-paced, ever-changing digital age and ensure every student remains competitive for the high-paying jobs of the future. As a proud Baltimorean who relies on public transportation, I will work to ensure that every student in Baltimore City has a seamless, safe journey to and from school which will decrease tardiness and increase overall attendance.”

Click here to read the rest of Curley’s responses.

Here’s an excerpt from Esposito’s answer to the question “Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

“I am committed to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline by investing in wrap-around services and supports including trauma informed care, mental health support, mentoring, student leadership, and restorative practices. We all are aware that too many Baltimore City students are challenged by poverty, gun violence, substance use, and/or other traumatic experiences. Trauma is a barrier to students’ participation and success in the classroom. Investments in the support and resources that students, families, and educators identify, need, and want is an investment in our children’s education and disrupts the school-to-prison pipeline.”

Click here to read the rest of Esposito’s responses.

Here’s an excerpt from Jasani’s answer to the question “Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

“There should be no such thing as a “bad school” in Baltimore. I will fight to end educational inequity by working to meaningfully include students with disabilities as fully participating members of the school community; promoting School Board outreach in ways that are culturally responsive and meet our community members where they are; and supporting district-wide training and follow up coaching around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.”
Click here to read the rest of Jasani’s responses.



All candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Area 7 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Area 7 in California  — Raeena Lari and Natalie Prcevski — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Santa Clara County Office of Education website, the “Board of Education has seven members who serve four-year terms and are elected from different trustee areas in the county​.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Lari:

  • “Preparing each and every student for the future by meeting students where they are: When a student requires individualized attention to catch up or advanced level coursework to stay engaged, our job is to provide them what is neccessary for their growth and enrichment.”
  • “Prioritizing mental and physical health and wellness: As a Health Advisory Commissioner, I recognize that children cannot learn and teachers cannot teach if they are not doing well.”
  • “Advocating for equitable pay for teachers and access to affordable housing in the neighborhoods they work in: Studies have shown that higher teacher pay is linked to better learning outcomes. When educators are less stressed, they can focus on their students.”

Prcevski:               

  • “Propelling student achievement for all students and all levels of learners. Let’s teach the real-world skills our students need to be successful in school and in life. They deserve the opportunity to move forward.”
  • “Creating safe, healthy environments where students and teachers can thrive. Mental health awareness and support is fore front post pandemic. We need infrastructure in place to be inclusive, fair, present and listening to ALL.”
  • “Partnering together with parents and the community to rebuild trust in our public schools. I am a product of public school. My child is in public school. Schools should be centers of our community. Together we lay the foundation for our students to navigate the evolving and complex world before us.”

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All candidates for Jordan Board of Education Precinct 3 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Jordan Board of Education Precinct 3 — incumbent Tracy Miller and Robyn Barnhill — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Jordan School District website, the board of education “works with students, parents and District employees to provide students with educational opportunities, prepare for the world of work, and develop attributes of citizenship necessary in a democratic society.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Miller:

  • “My primary focus is student success. All students should have the opportunity to learn and succeed in a safe and positive environment.”
  • “I support our teachers. We need to retain our great teachers and attract high quality teachers to the profession. I have consistently voted for increased compensation, more prep time, and additional resources to support our teachers.”
  • “I am fiscally responsible. I voted against the recent Jordan District tax increase because it was too high. I have supported modest increases in the past.”

Barnhill:       

  • “Parents need to have a more effective way of being heard and having their ideas implemented”
  • “Teachers need better support. No more irrelevant and unnecessary trainings. Keep it short, sweet and to the point so they can spend enough time prepping and teaching!”
  • “Better financial oversight, especially at the higher levels. Lets make sure salaries are appropriate and that we are keeping the money with the kids!”

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All candidates for Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Ward 2 in Arizona complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Ward 2 in Arizona — Alan Aversa and Signa Oliver — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Phoenix Union website, the Governing Board’s mission includes the “responsibility to identify District needs, to be responsive to those needs, and to plan short and long-range strategies to meet them.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Aversa:           

  • “Parents are children’s primary educators.”
  • “Schools help parents.”
  • “Preparing the future generation”

Oliver:       

  • “Public Schools need to be overfunded to repair the damage of years of underfunding to provide the students, educators and administrators with the resource necessary for a quality public education.”
  • “Restorative justice and equity for all students is imperative to provide an enriching public school education experience that will guide them to be the best version of themselves as adults.”
  • “Public school safety is a must to ensure all students, faculty and staff can experience a safe environment to learn, thrive and grow.”

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