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Chesterfield County School Board Dale District

Duties - The five-member School Board is the governing body for the Chesterfield County public school system, subject to budgetary approval by the Board of Supervisors. Members are elected from the five magisterial districts in nonpartisan elections. The Board hires the Superintendent, who is responsible for managing the system.Term - 4 yearsSalary - $17,549 (Board Chair $19,549)

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    Debbie Graves Bailey
    (I)

  • Shedrick D. McCall Jr.
    (I)

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What is the most important issue facing schools in the county and what will you do to address it?

How can schools best give students the research tools necessary to understand issues and verify their sources?

What education services do you support for students who are at risk of failing?

Would you support a high school curriculum that focuses on the civic responsibility of voting?

What are the best methods of evaluating and supporting teachers?

Campaign Phone (804) 839-7612
Age 57
Twitter page @DebBailey2019
Facebook page Debbie Bailey for School Board @DebbieBailey2019
School safety is the most important issue facing schools today. Our schools need to be safe and inclusive with supports and programs to provide students with tactics to work together, strategies to resolve potential conflict, and resources to report concerns. I would work to fully fund the CCPS School Safety Task Force recommendations. My top priorities would be to increase funding for additional mental health staffing. I would work to develop a peer conflict resolution mentoring program.
Helping students to become strategic, independent thinkers and learners has become increasingly more difficult with the proliferation of and access to information. Determining which sources to read, trust and avoid are critical skills to teach our students in today's age of information.Quality instruction supports students exploration of various sources of information, but also provides literacy tools such as research guides to assist with that exploration.
There are many services and programs in place to help failing students. Response to Intervention (RTI), Special Education Services (SPED), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are just a few programs currently being used in Chesterfield County Schools. I support all programs and services that are designed to help students achieve success, however, we need to keep students in mind when we develop these programs and we need to give teachers a voice in the intervention plan.
I taught civics and economics for 34 years. I would support a curriculum that focuses on the civic responsibility of voting. The greatest threat to democracy is voter apathy. It is critically important to our nation for our young people to learn the importance of voting and participation in our democratic system.
How a student performs on a test on a particular day should not be the measure used to assess whether a teacher is effective. There are many components to effective teaching. If a teacher has provided opportunities for students to learn, created conditions that support and facilitate learning, and used techniques and methods that create an environment with high probability for student success, then a teacher should be considered effective. To fully answer this I need more then 500 characters.
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