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Gresham-Barlow School District, Pos. 5, Zone 4

Term: 4 yearsSalary: UnpaidThe School Board is the policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for providing an education program for students living within the District. To accomplish its role, the Board: Determines the long-range direction of the District Establishes policies that direct the instructional and support programs Employs and evaluates the Superintendent Communicates with the community Negotiates with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits Calls elections on bond proposals Approves the annual budget
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Significant policy changes in public education are being considered at the federal and state level. Describe a change that you agree or disagree with and explain your position.

What do you think are the top three equity issues in the district and how will you address them?

What principles will you apply to evaluating recommendations from the superintendent with regard to which programs to reduce in a time of constrained funding?

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School choice for some means vouchers. In our district we have 23 school options that are overseen by an elected school board and superintendent. There are proven and effective ways to increase choice in our public education system without sacrificing student success and funding. Vouchers divert tax dollars from our public schools resulting in program cuts, increased class sizes, and more families abandoning their struggling neighborhood school, creating a destructive feedback loop.
Three pressing equity issues are helping students feel safe at school, children experiencing homelessness, and low graduation rates. Children are fearful of ICE raids and an increase in hate speech and crimes. Others struggle with knowing where they will sleep. I will seek opportunities to work with community organizations, families, and school personnel to ensure all students feel a sense of belongingness and purpose. Measure 98, if funded, would drastically improve our graduation rate.
When looking at programs, we need to strategically evaluate our district’s successes and challenges through an evidence-based lens. As a school board member, I will keep these questions in focus when making decisions: What does the research support for districts like ours? Does this program or absence of program support our mission? Whom will this decision impact and how?
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