What's your prior knowledge?

What knowledge do you have pertaining to NPS and its current budget crisis and what would be your plan of action to address this matter?

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Why?

Why do you want to be a School Advisory Board Member?

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Why can't Johnny read?

According to QSAC, NPS scores met state standards and based on that many are demanding local control, but if the district is succeeding, why can’t Johnny read?

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District coordination

Is there coordination between providers of Pre-K education and first grade teachers? If no, should there be coordination?  If yes, how would you strengthen that coordination given the importance of early education intervention?

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How will you improve the school district?

A primary mandate for a board member is to set and vote on policies.  Have you given any thought to how you can use this directive to improve the operations of the school district?

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Compensating for a lack of parental participation

As painful as it may be to accept, there is currently no way to force parental involvement.  Given that unfortunate reality, is there a plan to compensate for the lack of parental participation?

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The Role of politicians in Newark Public Schools

Do you believe that politicians should be able to control the operations (hiring, terminations, academics and finances, etc) of local school boards?

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How will local control ensure a quality education

The concept of local control is great, but how will local control ensure a quality education for Newark students?  Is there an academic plan in place now to move students towards proficiency and advanced proficiency? If yes, have you reviewed it?  Is it available for scholarly review prior to implementation?  Is it available for community review?

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S.T.E.M.

How will you support STEM initiatives and curriculum improvements for Newark Public Schools?

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How will you work with others?

How will you work with the current Superintendent to develop priorities and a long term strategy for Newark Public Schools?

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