Big news on the School Board election front, Alameda Education Associates (AEA) aka the Teacher’s Union, has made their endorsements for School Board already. Alameda Patch has the details on this one:
A panel of AEA members interviewed all nine school board candidates recently, and all candidates participated by answering written as well as oral questions, according to the AEA. The teachers’ union chose three people to endorse for the following reasons, the release said:
“Trish Spencer, incumbent, is a parent, attorney and proven advocate for students and education in Alameda. Trish always puts the interests of the students first.
“Barbara Kahn, parent and grandmother, has been active in Alameda schools for over 50 years, and believes a voice must be raised in support of our children. Barbara wants the focus to be on what is truly important in a school district — students, teaching and learning.
“Jon Murphy teaches nursing at Merritt College, serves as co-chair of the California Community College Budget Committee, and just completed his doctorate in educational leadership. Jon is excited about students achieving their highest potential in a district where parents, teachers and staff can work collaboratively.”
I’ve updated the Election 2012 roundup to reflect these new endorsements.
And the news about Beverly Johnson dropping out is official, from Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal. And she is now endorsing Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.
Now on to the questions!
I cleaned them up a bit, feel free to add more suggestions, I’ll send these off on the first of September:
- Turnover of principals at Wood, Lincoln, Encinal and other schools have been high, how important do you think stable leadership is for schools?
- Describe your understanding of how Measure A funds have been allocated and what steps will you take to restore confidence in the voters who are angry about the way the funds generated by Measure A have been used?
- What criteria would you use to determine if a teacher was effective or ineffective, and based on that criteria, what should be done to ensure that the district only employs effective teachers.
- What criteria would you use to determine if AUSD administration staff was effective or ineffective, and based on that criteria, what should be done to ensure that the district only employs effective administrators.
- If elected, what will you do to be proactive about securing adequate funding for our children? What outside
out-of-the-box ideas do you have to force the politicians to adequately fund our schools now?
- What single educational program and/or improvement will you push or recommend to better AUSD and describe the program and/or improvement.
- In 2010, AUSD adopted a Master Plan, explain your understanding of the Master Plan and AUSD’s implementation of the stated goals.
- As an elected official what is your specific role in promoting civic engagement as opposed to staff’s role?
- Who is funding your campaign and which groups and individuals have endorsed your candidacy?
Bonus Question: There are multiple seats available in the races for City Council, the School Board and the Hospital Board. Besides yourself, who will you be voting for in your race and why?