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Virginia Prince William School Board Chairman

The Prince William County School Board makes the policies that govern the school division. There are eight members on the School Board, one from each magisterial district and one at-large member who serves as chairman. They serve a 4-year term with a salary limit set by the Virginia Code. The policies developed include instruction, administration, personnel, and students including matters of school boundary determination, pupil assignment plans, guidelines for student assessments, and annual school calendar, an instructional calendar, a 5-year plan for instruction, and location of schools.

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  • Stanley Bender
    (I)

  • Babur B. Lateef
    (I)

  • Alyson A. Satterwhite
    (I)

Biographical Information

What would you propose in order to provide a curriculum best-suited for each student?

What changes would you support in the school funding system?

What are your chief concerns about state-mandated curriculum and assessment requirements?

What innovations would you propose to improve the education of our students?

How well do you believe the specialty programs in some high schools serve the school population? What changes would you support?

What changes and resources are needed to increase public pre-kindergarten programs?

How would you expand citizen involvement in the budget process and in other decision-making such as school boundaries?

What systemic changes are needed to increase the retention rate of new teachers to keep them in Prince William County schools?

I would structure classes to be considered individually on a stand-alone basis. A guidance counselor can meet with a student and work out a class load that best answers the student's individual needs. A student with a vocational future has no need of Calculus, but would find a business math class has a very useful set of tools to have.
I see a benefit to allowing self-sustaining programs to do just that-- athletic programs can draw funds form a number of sources while programs supporting art and literature have a more difficult time drawing a supporting base. I would see to it self-sustaining programs are encouraged to find sponsors and those with wide scope value without sponsors can get school funding.
Are the students getting the education they can make work for them across their lives. Checking a box the Commonwealth says meets the minimum is practically never good enough to be competitive in any job market
Gear the school for tele-learning. There is really little reason for students to spend time on a bus coming and going to school every day when the ability to take the learning to their homes is well within our abilities. A flexible curriculum mated with a flexible learning environment mirrors the way these 21st Century students will function in the modern workplace.
They don't. The specialty programs are too diluted to be anything but a primer for any Collegiate level learning and rarely ever match or complement the higher learning requirements these students need come their freshman years. For college bound students, a really strong foundation in the basics serves better than any half-guided guess as to what they may need. The vocational student's needs are usually overlooked entirely. I support a resurgence in establishing journeymanship programs.
None. I believe kindergarten is the best time to separate a child from their home. Prior to that, the child is deprived of a nurture that cannot be replicated in a 30:1 classroom environment.
I would not, that's why they elected us, and we hired education professionals.
1st, let them know by action that we support them and have their backs. They have an impossible job and every time we question them we demonstrate a distrust. 2nd, we need to make sure they have the material things they need to teach - none of them should be reaching in their pockets to buy school supplies. 3rd, we need to establish hard lines for dealing with classroom disruption they can draw on without fear -we need to be sure the classroom they have is as ready to learn as they are to teach.
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