Neighborhood Schools and Schools of Choice
I believe that every student deserves a quality education close to home. In order for parents to remain involved in their child's education, a school must be family-friendly and easily accessible. Education, however, is not a "one-size-fits-all" proposition. Therefore, if a school fails to meet a child's academic needs, parents should have access to a more suitable option. Allowing parents these kinds of choices leads to more competition among schools. And, when schools are forced to compete for student enrollment, the overall result is greater performance, thus breeding academic excellence.
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"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
~ Thomas Jefferson
B O A R D O F E D U C A T I O N
Numerous studies* suggest that academic achievement is directly linked to parental involvement. Parents who are engaged in their child's education model high academic expectations, encourage ongoing communication with teachers, and are willing to volunteer time in the classroom. As a member of the New Hanover County Board of Education, I will work to put policies into place that will foster parental involvement.
* See the Related Links page for additional information regarding parental involvement studies.
Tough times call for tough measures. As families have been forced to tighten their financial belts, so too should our elected officials. Now more than ever, it is important that we are able to trust that every dollar generated through taxation is spent in a thoughtful, reasonable manner. I have a proven track record of responsible stewardship of public funds. I will use that experience, along with common-sense business practices, to make sound financial decisions as a member of the New Hanover County Board of Education.
As we continue to move toward a more technologically-based society, the push for its increased use in the classroom has become more prevalent. iPads and electronic readers, such as the Kindle and Nook, have potential educational benefits. However, I have concerns regarding the feasibility of this equipment. Unfortunately, there is not much information available regarding a comprehensive plan for teacher training and curriculum implementation, the initial costs involved, or the projected replacement costs due to loss and/or damage. I’m cautiously optimistic but would like more information before making decisions on purchasing new technology.
The goal of K-12 education is to prepare students for post-graduation life. Recognizing that not all students will move on to a four-year college, it is imperative that vocational education opportunities are expanded at the high school level for students who wish to pursue a technical trade. This will ensure their success in the workforce after graduation.
Academically and Intellectually Gifted Students (AIG)
Most students who possess inherent intellectual abilities require a more specialized, accelerated curriculum that is tailored to their specific talents. As a member of the Board of Education, I will work to protect funding to ensure that academically gifted students are challenged according to their unique abilities.
Exceptional Children (Special Needs)
We must continue to provide funding and resources to those students who are differently-abled. As a member of the New Hanover County Board of Education, I intend to be a strong advocate for all children, including those with special needs.
With your vote on November 6, I will work to take our public education system out of the hands of special interest groups and put it back where it belongs: in the hands of the parents who utilize it.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
~ Frederick Douglass