The district should welcome and assist high-quality charter schools which include allowing high -quality charters to operate in one of the districts recently closed facilities, or to co-locate in one of itsunderutilized facilities even if it means nearby schools might lose enrollment.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeNeutralNeutral
The district should support high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, regardless of whetherthe school is managed by the district or is public charter school.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
The district must have more funding to improve academic achievement.DisagreeDisagreeNeutralDisagree
The district must find a way for funds to go directly to schools.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
The district's finance system needs to be redesigned so that 70% or more of funding follows studentsto their public school or program of choice.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeStrongly Agree
Funding for schools should be weighted to particular needs such as poverty.DisagreeDisagreeNeutralNeutral
Spending should be more transparent and have "return on investment" measures so that we all have aclearer understanding of where taxpayer money is spent and what brings the biggest return on publiceducation investments.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
Negotiations with all associations (unions) should be held in the open.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeEach candidate was asked to answer addition questions. See below.
School Board Candidate Name: Doug Benevento
Please rank what you believe are the most important areas of concentration for the district to raisestudent achievement. AFP is listing their top 3.
1. Redesign teacher evaluation/pay to retain the most effective teachers, reward and hold educatorsresponsible for student results and provide better support for teachers2. Expand number of high-performing district & charter schools, increase the level of accountability &intervention for low-performing schools, increase on-line education options & other learning technologyand finally ensure that the high school degree is aligned with college readiness.3. Reduce class size4. Reform/revise pension system so that it is sustainable into the future5. Increase K-12 funding & revise collective bargaining agreements so that principals have more authorityto hire and fire.
Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFPis listing their top 3.
Note that Doug grouped this question and the above question into one based on district priorities.