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Wake County Board of Education DISTRICT 6

The Wake County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected by districts in nonpartisan races and serve simultaneous 4-year terms.The 9-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities: 1. Employ the superintendent 2. Establish policy 3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets 4. Approve student assignment boundaries 5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services

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    Christine Kushner

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Age (optional) 57
Contact Phone (919) 457-8108
Twitter @christine4wake
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Position/philosophy statement Every Child, Every Day--I believe public education forms the foundation for civic society and economic opportunity.
Having served as the District 6 member of the Wake County School Board since December 2011, my “why” remains the same—to be a fierce advocate for public education in Wake County. I bring a deep knowledge of public education in North Carolina, specifically Wake County, as well as decades of professional and personal experience as a policy analyst, writer, communicator, and community volunteer. A graduate of E.E. Smith High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have a deep commitment to public education at all levels. I have served as Chair of the Wake School Board for two terms, as well as Vice Chair for two terms, and during my tenure I also have led the Student Achievement, Finance, and Policy committees.
To provide public accountability for our public schools and to be a good steward of public funds for public education. I also believe it is critical for the school board to ensure the system has a qualified and effective superintendent and leadership team.
The underfunding of public education by our state leaders has now been clearly outlined in the recent WestEd report commissioned as part of the Leandro decision. Public schools have been waiting for more than 20 years for legally and constitutionally required funding from State legislative leaders. Increased funding is a legal mandate by the courts, and our students deserve properly funded schools. We must organize statewide to convince North Carolinians to send supportive legislative leaders to the General Assembly. In the meantime, I will continue to work with County Commissioners and local leaders to boost public education spending.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought great anxiety to many in our community, including teachers. Overall, even before COVID, teachers were asked to do more with less. I will advocate for our teachers. Part of that advocacy will be for improved working conditions, and that includes robust, meaningful professional development. I support the district's use of system-wide workdays to provide a variety of professional development that meets the needs of individual teachers. Flexibility and extensive offerings are important and should be provided by a large district like WCPSS.
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Our community should move toward universal Pre-K in order to give children a proper start to their educational journey. Our public schools are equipped to provide that structure for equity and fairness to parents and families to support their children. North Carolina had been a leader nationally in early education, and we can return to that status with improved leadership and sound investments. PreK investments are wise and productive uses for tax dollars.
Wake County needs to continue a focus on improving salaries for all employees, across all levels. In particular, We have used local funding to even out a flat and compressed state salary schedule, one that does not support a long-term professional salary schedule. I will continue to advocate revisions to the state salary schedules. I also have long supported having more adults in the building to support teachers and instruction—specifically, schools need more mental health professionals as well as additional instructional assistants and other adults to support instruction. Professional salaries for teachers--with a long term strategy that supports the profession--as well as more supports for teachers are needed in our County.