- Why have you decided to run for Board of Education?
- What in your background makes you qualified to serve on the school board?
- What is your vision for the district?
- What are three top priorities you hope to achieve if elected?
- How would you rate the overall district performance of APS?
- Over the past few years have schools in Atlanta been moving in the right or wrong direction?
- How would you rate Atlanta Public Superintendent Carstarphen’s job performance?
- Do you believe in the vision of current district leadership or do you want the system to go in a different direction?
- Do you agree with this statement: “I believe that APS urgently needs more reforms and new ideas”
- What are the greatest issues or problems facing APS an dhow would you work to solve them?
- District spending: One of the most important jobs of a school board member is the adoption of the budget. Atlanta’s FY 17 operating budget allocated $745.3 million in spending. This is roughly $14,600 per student and the second highest per pupil of any school district in the state.
- For which programs, if any, would you seek an increase in funding?
- For which programs, if any, would you seek a decrease in funding?
- School turnaround: In 2015 the Atlanta Board of Education approved a plan aimed at turning around some of the city’s lowest performing schools.
- Do you support the turnaround plan? Why?
- Are there any aspects of the plan you oppose?
- Do you support the continuation of this plan?
- Charter schools: Generally, would you say that you are a supporter of charter schools?
- Charter schools: Of the 51,000 enrolled in public schools in Atlanta, nearly 9,000 of them attend one of the districts 15 public charter schools. However, these schools also have a combined waiting list of more than 10,000 students who wish to attend them.
- What role should charter schools serve in Atlanta?
- Do you support further expansion of charter schools in Atlanta?
- School leadership: What plan, if any, do you have to develop a pipeline of quality school leaders?
- Teacher quality: What plan, if any, do you have to increase teacher quality in APS?
- Early education: What plan, if any, do you have to increase access to and the quality of early education programs in Atlanta?
- What will you do to increase community and parent involvement in schools?
- When you are working to make a decision as a school board member, what methods will you employ to engage community partners and groups?
- In what ways, if any, would you seek to drive decision making and autonomy to the school level?
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