Why do you want to serve on the county school board?
White: As an educator and life-long learner, I am running to continue to give support to our students, faculty, parents and communities at large, to be the voice that they deserve to have for safe, conducive learning environments with the best teachers and resources. Considering the current issues and trends in education that we are witnessing as a nation, it is imperative we acknowledge and take action to support the movement for safety in our schools lead by our students. It is vitally important that our students, teachers, parents and community partners continue all efforts to ensure excellent overall achievement for each student to compete globally, and I am running to serve as that catalyst. In essence, I am running to be of service and assist with the promotion of education in each community in Baltimore County.
Has the county’s use of educational technology in the classroom been appropriate? Do you support the system’s expenditures for student laptops?
White: Technology plays an integral role in preparing students to compete globally and ensuring that all 21st century learners are technologically literate. A review of expenditures for technology will need to be a process to align it with additional budgetary items.
Are the system’s resources fairly and equitably divided among its schools? Does the system provide adequate support for students with large populations of minority or low-income students?
White: Resources, staffing plans and school operation funding allocations are based on projected enrollment numbers. Reviewing resources to provide adequate support should be in place to ensure optimal learning opportunities for all students. Additional supports and resources are needed to address the changing demographics of a projection of over 100,000 students.
What additional steps, if any, need to be taken to ensure that the board exercises adequate oversight over the superintendent? Do you see a distinction between the disclosure failures that led to former superintendent Dallas Dance’s guilty pleas and those that interim Superintendent Verletta White has admitted to?
White: Transparency, both professionally and personally is required and Board oversight to include that all required documents of the superintendent are completed accurately with full disclosure. To ensure adequate oversight the following measures could be adhered to: Implementation of a financial tracking system to review financial disclosure statements Require a bi-annual submission and review of financial disclosure statements Review of compliance with ethics agreements by the Ethics Committee to include at least one State Legislative Auditor Full disclosure is to be addressed by all parties to ensure compliance,
Are the system’s rules on ethics, conflicts of interest and financial disclosure sufficient?
White: There is a need to review and revise with absolute clarity for ethics, conflicts of interest and full financial disclosure.
Do you think the school system's discipline policies keep students safe while appropriately disciplining students who exhibit poor behavior? What, if any, changes would you propose to the school system's discipline policies?
White: The Baltimore County Board of Education, has established in the Student Handbook, the Code of Conduct, with the expectation that students will adhere to while on school property and in school sponsored activities. The school discipline policies are systemic and address the varied areas of discipline. The current use of restorative education practices, with Response to Intervention model are examples of additional areas to school discipline. As discipline problems arise, there may be future implications for change.
What are your views on the Common Core and the PARCC exams?
White: Common Core and PARCC exams were developed for common academic standards for all students regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, life experiences and careers. Providing the balance of testing and teaching continues to be an issue with a number of stakeholders. Assessments that assist with the identification of student achievement, improve education outcomes for all students, and serve as a tool to guide instruction for results is relevant to education.
Should diversity be a factor in decisions about drawing new school attendance zone lines?
White: Traditional neighborhood school zones are based on population and proximity. Drawing new school zone lines should focus on community growth.
How would you set priorities for school construction and renovation? Has the county devoted adequate resources to maintaining or replacing school buildings?
White: School construction and renovations are significant needs and priorities in Baltimore County. A review of current data, with the initiatives outlined in the 1.3 billion-dollar Schools for our Future, school renovation and construction plan would assist with recommendations for more efficient and effective schools. Adequate funding will continue to be warranted to meet the needs of each student within each community in Baltimore County. 0%