1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing the Board of Education? What are your top three priorities in addressing these issues?
The most important issues facing the Board of Education is safety, retention of top-notched teachers, and the academic performance of the schools in district one who made ‘Fs” on their report cards. I would like to increase the presence of more SRO officers in the schools, upgrade our current monitoring systems, and have all students/parents telephone numbers placed into the DPS emergency monitoring system. All parents and students would be notified of any impending emergencies.
2. What in your record as a public officer or other experience demonstrates your ability to be an effective Board of Education member? This might include career community service, be specific about its relevance to this office.
I have experience with working on several boards in the community. I served on the Department of Social Services Advisory Board, YMCA Board of Directors, President of Durham Congregations in Action, President of Swann’s Mill HOA Board, Board Member End Homelessness, PTA President ( Fayetteville Street & Hillside New Tech), Board Member for the North Carolina Council of Churches Project Jubilee, Board Member of the First Chronicles Community Church, Board Member for the Youth Inspirational Leaders at Union Baptist Church, Board Member of Project Jubilee, and received the Governors award in 2000 for my strong commitment of families and businesses throughout the state. Also, I am the director of the First Chronicles 5-star daycare center in Durham. My staff and I equip children ages 1-5 with educational instructional skills to prepare them for kindergarten. Our combined staff has over 35 years of experience teaching, bachelors, and master’s degrees. We are certified by the State of North Carolina Rules and Regulations to provide
3. If you are challenging an incumbent, what decisions has the incumbent made that you most disagree with?
The current incumbent is chair of the board of education and the district leader for District 1. He bears the responsibility for making sure all children receive a high-quality education. The Department of Public Instruction reported that the schools in District one
4. Research, including a new report from the NC Justice Center, suggests that North Carolina’s schools are becoming more segregated by race and economic status. What do you think is driving this trend, and do you think is an issue DPS needs to address? Please explain your answer.
This is an issue that needs to be addressed in the school system. If segregation results in depleting the quality of education for the remaining students then the BOE has the responsibility to address the issue, if it is just a matter of choice without economic impact on the quality of education rendered, the BOE should remain neutral.
Children spend at least seven hours each day at school. I work from a philosophy that all children have an ability to learn but no child educates himself or herself. As
5. What effects do you believe the popularity of character schools in having on the school system? Is it exacerbating segregation or draining resources from neighborhood schools, as some critics contend?
6. In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, what do you think should be done to make schools safer? Do you see preventing such shooting as a “school safety” issue?
Prevention is always better than
7. In a similar vein, do you support the placement of school resource officers in Durham schools? If so, what do you think their role should be? If not, what do you propose as an alternative?
I support the placement of school resource officers in Durham Public Schools. However, it is important to me that all SRO officers understand their
8. On the most recent Durham City and County Resident Survey, respondents rated DPS poorly in terms of community engagement quality of education, budget management, transparency, and quality of leadership. Do you think this is a fair assessment? Why or why not? What do you think should be done to improve the system’s image?
The citizens to
In order to improve the system’s image, we need to increase our test scores, hire and retain highly qualified teachers, provide great working conditions for teachers, seek for the best leaders to represent our schools, focus on detention rates for minority students, work on disparity among black students in the AIG programs, and provide additional resources to help children with reading deficiencies, and bring the community and the community partners back into the school system.
9. According to the most recent data, DPS’s four-year graduation rate is 81.4 percent, which is significantly lower than other Triangle counties’ graduation rates, as well as the state average. To what do you attribute this? And what steps can DPS take to increase its four-year graduation rate?
This is a multi-faceted issue with no “Aha!” However, 81.4 suggest deficit engagement, environment, and implementation. The educational process must be reviewed and a in-depth
10. Three-quarters of DPS students are black or Hispanic, yet students of color are trailing their white peers in grade-level proficiency. Why isn’t DPS doing a better job of reaching students of color? What should be done to close this achievement gap?
Perhaps more diversity training is needed for the staff. Teachers are the driving force for their students. I believe that if a student knows his or her teacher believes in them they will succeed. On the other hand, If your attitude is that this child is an underachiever because of race, economics, etc. then we have a problem. If this is a systematic problem we are in serious trouble. However, there are so many factors to consider. The easiest answer
11. What do you think the system could do to keep down suspension rates in Durham County schools?
Diverse cultural educations. It is difficult to engage a problem without understanding the mechanics of the problems. There are reasons for high suspensions rates; the need for suspensions in a community providing a free education does not divest that community from providing the education across the board (Hint: Charter Schools and Alternative School. Diverse cultural educations. It is difficult to engage a problem without understanding the mechanics of the problems. There are reasons for high suspensions rates; the need for suspensions in a community providing a free education does not divest that community from providing the education across the board (Hint: Charter Schools and Alternative School.
Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some points with voters.
It is imperative that the community