Once again we had an engaged group of citizens at our forum earlier today. At our forum, parents and other community members submit questions that the candidates draw from a grab bag and answer. We thank both Christine King and Darin Pries for attending and for their thoughtful and candid responses. We also appreciated that they stayed past the forum time to talk further with those present. Listed below are the questions the audience submitted arranged by category. A third candidate, Derek Wade, was out of town and did not attend. All of the candidates have been invited to send additional remarks. And readers are also invited to comment below.
Here are the questions:
Supporting Our Teachers
- The most important “product” of CPS is the student. The most vital “tool” in the system is the teacher. Please comment on your view about +negotiating with teachers and that effect on morale, +the reality that a teacher new to the system, yet with experience may be paid more than a teacher with the same experience, but who has given the same number of years to CPS, +the board’s role in leading the community to properly and adequately fund public education.
- How can you support our teachers even if there are not enough $$? Why not protect planning time?
- If the public asked for a dedicated tax increase to compensate our teachers would you support it? Is that possible?
- “Common Core” has at least 3 components: (i) standards; (ii) testing/assessment, and (iii) application. Issues with assessment and application are being confused with the standards and are undermining them. What can you do to support the standards and still address the issues?
- What is your opinion on Common Core for CPS?
- Bright Futures is great and so are mentoring programs like those at Douglass in helping match kids to resources. What recommendations do you have for community to work with schools to close the equity gaps?
- What strategy is in place to recruit a more diverse pool of teachers?
- Redistricting: How can we make the percentage of subgroups more similar between schools?
- Some of the overcrowding issues being experienced by schools are due to public perception of certain schools being “better” than others based on their physical location. How can the board assist in educating the public about the quality education to all of our students?
- Describe what EQUITY means to you and how BOARD policy impacts equity for students in CPS.
- What are your plans to alleviate overcrowding in the classroom?
- Do you believe that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in public schools? Why or why not?
- PARENTS and PARENT ENGAGEMENT have traditionally gotten lip service from CPS administration. What does REAL, meaningful parent engagement look like to you and how does the board drive it?
- What is CPS doing to support its local control in Jeff City?
- What is CPS doing to implement the nutrition standards? Are there any changes coming?