Monday, 10 Dec 2018

Meet the candidates representing Ward 4 on the Washington State Board

On polling day in November, CC voters decided to hold four surprisingly controversial elections for seats on the state board of education. These races highlighted the divisions between the traditional public education system and the robust rental sector of the city. The fight is not over. On Tuesday, the residents of Ward 4 will choose their representative on the Board of Directors in a special election. Lannette Woodruff left the headquarters when she left the district. Four candidates face an election that should have low turnout. Nevertheless, the Washington Teachers Union and Democrats for Education Reform – a powerful advocacy organization that promotes charter schools and reshuffle vacancies – have become involved in promoting their candidates. Rhonda Henderson, the candidate supported by the charter advocacy group, raised more than $ 22,000. [In D.C. Board of Education races, voters choose proponents of traditional public schools] Frazier O'Leary, the candidate selected by the teachers' union, raised about $ 10,000. Ryan Tauriainen raised more than $ 3,500 and Elani Lawrence, almost $ 5,000. Although school council members do not exercise significant power, the election result will send a signal as the city is increasingly divided over the control of the mayor of schools. Henderson supports on one side the current structure, the mayor appointing almost all senior officials of education. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is supported by her ally, District Councilor 4 D.C., Brandon T. Todd (D). Todd organized fundraisers and campaigned for Henderson. [How much was a vote worth in the D.C. State Board of Education races?] On the other hand, O'Leary said he felt the mayor's control system was "a disaster" and that the board of education should take some power away from the mayor. The five-star rating system for schools is another controversial issue facing the board. The rankings – which are part of a more general report card – aim to make school data more accessible. Critics fear, however, that relying on test scores will leave the highest distinction to schools that educate the city's richest students and result in poor results for schools serving vulnerable children. These profiles are based on the candidates' answers and are edited for the sake of clarity and space.
Rhonda Henderson. (Lynnette Dunston) Rhonda Henderson, 40, former charter school teacher and finance specialist at EdOps, a company that provides business management services to charter schools. Education: BA from Columbia University, MA from Harvard Graduate School of Education and MA in Business Administration from the University of Virginia. Children in DC schools: No. The biggest problem of DC schools: constant access to quality education and support for our teachers and leaders. Solution: Establish relationships between our city agencies – including the Behavioral Health Department – to support neighborhood schools. Support is like investing in our teachers and leaders so that they have everything they need to support our students and have the ability to engage parents as partners in the education of our students. their children. Opinion of the mayor's control: I believe in the mayor's leadership and responsibility. This responsibility includes providing results for our schools. The Mayor's mandate is to ensure that all of our students are successful at high levels. Five Star Opinion: The star frame provides a data point in our schools. This does not make the essence of the school. it's a measurement. The five star rating and grading framework will and should be subject to constant review. Favorite Teacher: My eighth grade teacher at Alice Deal Middle School, who has awakened my reflection on high standards. And my history teacher from the United States of America at Banneker High School, who taught us to think critically and adopt the spirit of a defender of social justice.

Elani Lawrence (Peter Cane) Elani Lawrence, 44, teaches English as a second language to the families of the Carlos Rosario International Public School, as family leader and parent engagement. Education: BA from the University of Virginia and MA in Education from Columbia University. Children enrolled in schools of this type: second-year son of Mundo Verde bilingual public school and grade seven son of D.C. International Middle School. The biggest problem facing doctoral schools: inequality in education. We see this playing in the achievement gaps and inequitable resources for our students. This can range from access to technology to access to high quality instructors. Solution: The first thing to do is to be really honest about the inequities and then identify how we can put our resources where they are needed. This could be to take a look at schools that experience a high turnover of teachers and to identify the barriers that prevent them from supporting these teachers. Opinion of the mayor control: I do not present myself as a defender of the change of the current structure. I think it's important that oversight be strong – and that's under the authority of our Sustainable Development Council. Five-Star Rating Opinion: The star rankings of the test scores are very disturbing. We need to take a very critical look at the first iteration of the star rating system to be able to identify schools with specific needs based on criteria that reduce their ranking. Favorite Teacher: Mary Rieger. She was my football coach at Wilson High School and she was also a professor of art. She is phenomenal and I always stay in touch with her.

Frazier O'Leary Frazier O'Leary, 74, retired in 2017 after teaching for 47 years in the D.C. Public Schools taught English for 40 years at the Cardozo Education Campus. Adjunct Professor of English at the University of the District of Columbia. Veteran of the Vietnam War. Education: Bachelor's degree from the American University and Master's degree, Liberal Arts from St. John's College. Children in DC Schools: Two of the five children graduated from D.C. public schools, one from the Cardozo Education Campus and one from Wilson High School. The biggest problem facing the doctoral schools: As a teacher, the most important problem of DC is the IMPACT teacher evaluation system because it removes the classroom teaching and replace it with the test take. Teachers are so stressed by the system because they are not allowed to teach their subjects. Solution: The evaluation system needs to be re-evaluated and teachers should review standardized tests before implementing them. Mayor's opinion control: it's a disaster. The mayor should be responsible for the city, but an educator should be responsible for the school system. The mayor is not responsible for the police department or the fire department. The police chief is a police officer. Five-Star Opinion: That's not right. There is too much weight given to standardized tests. It has absolutely nothing to do with the heart of the school. Favorite teacher: Merritt C. Batchelder at American University. I entered his course in British literature and fell in love with his teaching. I took seven courses from him.

Ryan Tauriainen (Shontia Lowe) Ryan Tauriainen, 32, director of early childhood education on the campus of the Friendship Public Charter School in the district. Former director of the AppleTree Early Learning charter school. Education: Bachelor of Middlebury College and MA in Education from Chaminade University in Hawaii. Children in DC schools: No. The biggest problem of DC schools: Lack of equity. We are still a very isolated city and the opportunities for students from wealthy neighborhoods are very different from those of inner city students. Solution: We need to increase our support and increase our resources for the schools in our neighborhood that are the lowest.
carry out. And a great way to solve this problem is to make sure we attract talented staff to our schools, perhaps even with incentives. Mayor's Opinion Check: The system of checks and balances is a cornerstone of American democracy. At present, the mayor has no control over his power. The National Board of Education should recover some of the power it had. The board should supervise the state superintendent in charge of education. Five Star Opinion: It was created by necessity. We must remember that, in the end, the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, must approve all these report cards and she will not approve a report card that does not focus on the results of standardized tests. . Our hands were tied. Favorite teacher: my fifth-year teacher, Mr. Martin, who was so interested in me. He came to my high school diploma and when he found out that I was running for this job, he made a donation to my campaign. .

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