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Education/Training (list degrees and institutions where received):

1) Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA (BA)
2) Instituto Internazionale, Rome, ITALY (Certification in Language and Literature)
3) American University, Washington, DC (Certification in Information Management Technology)
Occupation: Editor/Data Analyst
Current or past elective offices held: Board of Education Member
Community/Professional Activities: Friends of the Howard County Library Board of Directors &
Treasurer, Howard County Arts Council Board of Directors, Columbia Festival of the Arts Education
Committee Member, HC League of Women Voters Member, Women’s Giving Circle Member, American
Association of University Women Member, National PTA Life Member
Current or past union / association membership:

Howard County Board of Education Candidate Questionnaire

Do you support or oppose Maryland’s maintenance of effort law that requires local jurisdictions to fund at least the same per pupil allocation in local aid for education as the prior year unless a waiver is granted?

__x___ Support

_____ Oppose

Additional Comments:

Do you support or oppose public education employees’ right to bargain collectively?

_x___ Support

______ Oppose

Additional Comments:

As a BOE member, would you be in favor of contracting out custodial, cafeteria and maintenance services rather than have those services provided by HCPSS employees?

______ Support

__x___ Oppose

Additional Comments:

What are the top three things you would focus on in the next four years if you are elected to the Board of Education?

1. Closing the achievement and opportunity gap between student groups including access to
advanced level instruction, dual enrollment options, and experiential learning.

2. Increasing understanding and respect between and among the diversity of races, faiths, and
ethnicities that make up our staff members, student body, and community.

3. Building an organizational and financial infrastructure that supports the continued delivery of
high quality instruction: teacher recruitment, support, and retention; curriculum development;
expanded resources and teacher training;

How would you work with collaboratively with HCEA on issues that impact the HCPSS employees whom we represent?

Include teachers and support staff in the consideration and development of options for addressing these
issues, evaluating pilot programs, and monitoring effectiveness.

In your opinion, is there statutory/regulatory language permitting the State Superintendent to
“disapprove” a locally developed and mutually agreed upon evaluation plan and default that county to the state evaluation model?  (If yes, please cite the language that provides the authority)

Current state statute and regulations regarding teacher evaluations will be changed by the impact of ESEA reauthorization by Congress through ESSA and legislation emerging from the current legislative session.

In your opinion, is there statutory/regulatory language supporting the State Superintendent’s mandate to include state assessments as 20 percent of the student growth component in the teacher/principal evaluation?  (If yes, please cite the language that provides the authority)

As noted above, current state statute and regulations regarding teacher evaluations will be changed by the impact of ESEA reauthorization and legislation emerging from the current legislative session.

To the extent that there are conflicting provisions or requirements with regard to teacher/principal
evaluations and other education reforms, which takes precedence – statue, regulations or federal grant applications?

Statute and associated regulations that have the force of law.

Do you support or oppose local autonomy to develop and negotiate evaluation systems in compliance with statute and regulations? 

Support.

What are your views on high stakes testing?

Assessment is an essential component of all instruction. And, formative and summative demonstration of achievement of curriculum standards by students is essential to assuring equity of opportunity. However, a variety of measures and instruments can and should employed in implementing that assessment. No single test should be the sole determinant of achievement.

Do you support yearly COLA increases for educators?

__x___ Support

_____ Oppose

Additional Comments:

What are your thoughts on a single versus a multi-year agreement for educators?
Reducing the costs and uncertainty inherent in annual negotiations can be an advantage to all parties.
However, the length of any such agreement must take into account the challenge to meeting long-term
commitments of the slowed status of the economic recovery in Maryland and Howard County.