A+  Denver   DPS  Board  Candidate  Survey     The  survey  has  seven  parts  and  should  take  you  approximately

 20-­‐30  minutes  to  complete.  You   will  not  be  able  to  exit  the  survey  and  save  your  answers  so  please  plan  accordingly.  All   responses  and  comments  will  be  made  public  in  their  full  form.  If  you  have  any  questions  or   problems,  please  contact  Liz  Platz  (liz@aplusdenver.org  or  920-­‐698-­‐0848).       Please  submit  the  survey  no  later  that  5pm  on  Monday,  August  12.     We  will  notify  you  when  the  survey  is  published.       1.  Please  enter  your  contact  information  below  so  we  can  keep  you  informed  about  the  survey   publication.     Name:    Meg  Schomp  

 

 

  Part  1:  Current  Denver  Public  Schools  Strategy  and  Goals   2.    Rate  the  following  statements  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.     Strongly Strongly   Disagree Agree The  district’s  reform  efforts  are  on  pace  to  meet  the  needs  of  most  students   X       The  district’s  reform  efforts  are  moving  in  the  right  direction   X       Current  leadership  is  moving  the  district  in  the  right  direction     X       3.    Choose  one  answer  to  complete  the  following  statement:     The  district’s  academic  achievement  goals  in  reading,  writing  and  math  forecast  3.5%   improvement  per  year  per  grade,  these  goals       X   Are  about  right     Need  to  be  raised     Need  to  be  lowered   Should  be  raise  for  those  students  who  are     significantly  below  proficiency                          

    Part  2:  Teaching  and  Learning   4.    Rate  the  following  statements  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.     Strongly Strongly   Disagree Agree Teachers  have  the  right  to  tenure  after  three  years  of  effective  teaching   Tenure  is  currently  too  easy  to  obtain   DPS  is  doing  an  effective  job  recruiting,  supporting  and  retaining  strong   school  leaders   DPS  should  utilize  outside,  objective  evaluators  to  determine  what  is  and  is   not  working  (e.g.  programs)  relative  to  its  achievement  goals   The  district’s  literacy  and  math  programs  are  effective     5.    Choose  one  answer  to  complete  the  following  statement:     The  primary  factor  in  teacher  pay  and  employment  should  be:         Student  success  and  achievement  as  measured  by   student  outcomes   X   Experience  and  educational  attainment     Student  achievement  that  carries  nearly  equal     weight  as  teacher  experience  and  educational   attainment       X               X                   X    

 

  Part  3:  Accountability   6.    Rate  the  following  statements  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.     Strongly Strongly   Disagree Agree I  support  district  and  state  level  accountability  measures  that  require   schools  to  show  academic  achievement     ACT  and  college  remediation  scores  should  be  included  in  school  and   district  accountability  measures  as  long  as  the  resources  to  do  so  are   available   All  new  school  proposals,  whether  for  charter,  innovation  or  district-­‐ managed  schools,  should  be  held  to  the  same  standards     7.    Do  you  support  a  change  in  the  superintendent  position  at  DPS?       Yes     No                         X   X   X  

    Part  4:  Interventions     8.    Rate  the  following  statement  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.     Strongly Strongly   Disagree Agree When  schools  are  failing  most  of  their  students,  DPS  must  intervene  more       X   quickly  and  boldly       9.    If  a  school  performs  in  the  bottom  5%  of  schools  in  the  district,  it  should  be  phased  out  or   replaced  (with  new  programming,  leadership  and/or  governance  model)  after  receiving   additional  supports  for:       0-­‐2  years   X   3-­‐5  years     5-­‐7  years   I  don’t  believe  schools  should  be  phased     out/replaced  or  closed    

 

  Part  5:  School  finance   10.    Rate  the  following  statements  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.     Strongly Strongly   Disagree Agree I  support  Initiative  66  (School  Finance  Act)   Innovation  schools  should  have  full  control  over  their  budgets,  staffing,  and   programming       I  support  a  tool  that  shows  both  spending  at  the  school  level  and   achievement  gains  to  show  taxpayers  the  return  on  investment  at  the   school  level               X   X         X    

  Part  6:  School  Type  and  Choice   11.    Rate  the  following  statements  on  a  scale  of  1-­‐4,  where  1=strongly  disagree  and  4=strongly   agree.    
Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Charters  should  have  equal  access  to  district  facilities   Co-­‐location  of  charters  and  district-­‐managed  schools  is  a  good  strategy  for   efficiently  using  resources  as  long  as  attention  is  paid  to  ensuring  schools   work  well  together  and  equitably  share  facilities    

  X  

X    

   

   

 

  The  district  should  support  a  combination  of  high  quality  charter  and   district  managed  schools   I  support  using  Innovation  status  for  schools  that  need  extra  tools  to   improve  student  success   The  current  enrollment  process  is  working  as  intended   Students  should  almost  always  attend  their  closest  boundary  school     We  must  put  more  resources  into  improving  boundary  schools   Boundary  schools  should  get  more  resources  per  student  than  district   charter  or  innovation  schools   I  would  seriously  consider  a  proposal  to  allow  equal  opportunities  for   students  to  attend  any  school  in  the  district,  regardless  of  their  closest   boundary  school  (e.g.  Open  some  seats  in  all  boundary  schools  for  students   living  outside  that  neighborhood)         X             X             X       X                 X      

 

  Part  7:  Free  Response     12.    What  are  your  two  highest  priorities  for  education  in  DPS?   I  believe  our  first  priority  should  be  to  quality  schools  in  every  neighborhood.  Regardless   of  the  type  of  school,  no  resident  of  Denver  should  be  left  without  a  quality  school  that  is   close  to  where  they  live.  Another  major  focus  is  accountability  for  DPS  administrators,   teachers,  and  staff.  Accountability  should  not  only  apply  to  teachers.     13.    What  do  you  believe  is  the  most  important  role  a  school  board  member  plays?   The  most  important  role  of  a  board  member  is  to  represent  the  voices  of  their   constituents.  Too  often,  engaging  the  community  is  an  afterthought  to  the  decisions  made   by  DPS.  Without  full  buy-­‐in  and  support  of  the  changes  that  are  made  in  a  community,  we   will  not  be  able  to  provide  the  best  educational  experience  for  the  students  in  Denver.   Collaboration  is  another  important  role  for  any  board  member.  By  coming  to  the  table,   ready  to  discuss  differences  and  work  toward  common  goals,  we  will  create  a  world  class   public  education  system  in  Denver.  This  role  can  be  eased  by  DPS  Board  Representatives   receiving  timely  and  complete  information  which  is  consistently  disseminated  by  DPS   administration  and  staff  to  all  board  members.  Informed  decisions  are  made  more   carefully  when  all  board  members  can  participate  in  discussions  and  a  respectful  process   between  each  other,  community  members  and  stakeholders  is  established  and  followed.     14.    What  was  the  most  important  vote/decision  made  by  the  DPS  School  Board  in   2012/2013  school  year?  Why?   There  were  many  decisions  made  in  2012-­‐13  by  the  DPS  Board  that  I  believe  were   important  academically  and  financially.  While  the  refinancing  of  variable  high-­‐interest   rate  bonds  to  fund  our  pension  was  a  significant  vote  for  the  board  (hopefully  making   more  money  available  for  our  classrooms);  and  further  clarifying  DPS  teacher  renewal   and  Do-­‐not-­‐Rehire  practices  to  deal  fairly  with  our  experienced  educators,  these  are  not   the  most  important  decisions  made  this  last  academic  year.  

 

  The  Modified  Consent  Decree  (MCD)  is  the  most  important  decision  the  board  made  in   2012-­‐13,  setting  standards  to  improve  services  for  the  over  36,000  English-­‐language   learners  in  DPS.  These  standards  will  impact  improving  teacher  certification  in  ELA   (English  Language  Acquisition),  allowing  parents  more  involvement  in  placement  and   exiting  strategies  for  their  individual  children  in  a  timely  manner,  and  independent   oversight.  This  court  mandated  program  clearly  affects  a  large  &  diverse  number  of  kids.     15.    Please  provide  a  short  bio  with  some  key  information  about  yourself.   I  am  a  Denver  native  and  DPS  graduate  (Moore,  Byers,  Smiley  &  East  HS).  My  mother,  Kay   Schomp,  served  on  the  DPS  Board  from  1973-­‐83.  I  graduated  from  CU  at  Boulder  with  a   BA,  majoring  in  Cultural  Anthropology.  I  received  a  Masters  of  Social  Work  degree  and   Certificate  in  Gerontology  from  DU.  I  worked  in  Washington,  DC  for  three  years,  as  a   political  intern  for  Congresswoman  Pat  Schroeder,  and  for  the  Women's  Campaign  Fund.   My  professional  background  in  social  work  includes  working  in  community-­‐based  and   long-­‐term  care  facilities  with  seriously  mentally  ill  young  adults  and  seniors  with   dementia,  for  18  years.  Following  this,  I  became  a  small  business  owner,  opening  a   licensed  drop-­‐in  child  care  center  and  preschool  in  Central  Denver  (Short  Stop  for  Kids).  I   have  been  a  volunteer  in  the  classroom,  as  a  parent  leader  in  PTA/PTOs,  CSCs,  and  school   fundraising  foundations,  including  DSA  scholarship  administration  15  years.  You  could   say  that  public  education  is  in  my  DNA.     16.    What  schools  did/do  your  children  attend?   I  have  a  26  year-­‐old  daughter  that  graduated  from  Denver  School  of  the  Arts  (a  regional   magnet  school)  in  2005.  I  have  a  12  year-­‐old  son  currently  attending  Denver  Green   School,  an  innovation  school  in  my  neighborhood  which  focuses  on  environmental   sustainability.  I  also  have  a  12  year-­‐old  daughter  currently  attending  DSA  in  video   cinematography.     17.    We  welcome  any  comments  or  questions  regarding  this  survey.   Several  answers  were  left  blank  because  this  survey  does  not  allow  for  nuanced   responses.  Specifically,there  is  no  teacher  tenure  in  DPS,  so  I  would  need  to  know  if  you   are  looking  for  answers  focused  on  teacher  evaluation  (SB  191  &  LEAP)  or  questions   regarding  the  earlier  ProComp  program.   Furthermore,  I  do  not  believe  question  7  (a  change  in  the  Superintendent's  position)  is   appropriate  for  a  school  board  candidate  to  determine.  It  is  a  decision  that  should  not  be   made  until  a  board  member  has  time  to  fully  review  performance  and  make  an  informed   decision.  This  due  process  is  an  expectation  ALL  district  employees  should  have  regarding   their  employment  with  DPS.   I  also  believe  questions  about  the  direction  of  the  district  cannot  be  answered  in  a  yes  or   no  format.  I  would  be  happy  to  respond  to  these  questions  in  detail  if  the  space  was   allowed.  If  available,  I  would  welcome  the  opportunity  to  go  into  greater  detail  on  those   questions  I  left  blank.Thanks  for  the  opportunity.      

 

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