Issues

Among my prioritites are:

  • Making College and Career Readiness a Reality for ALL students

While Montgomery County continues to lead our country in educating the best and brightest, we cannot forget those students who may not be top scholars or ready to enroll in college.  These students have the ability to excel in a career, and thus be working, contributing taxpayers of our County.

We need to investigate the possibility of offering Career and Technical Education classes at an increased number of schools throughout the County.  We must continue to increase trending graduation rates with earlier interventions; close the gaps in high school graduation rates; provide a wider variety of classes that are engaging and exciting to all students; work with community partners to enhance the transition between school and work for students with disabilities; and better support students who might be the first in their family or community to attend college through college preparation and application process.  We need to provide the proper guidance and supports enabling all MCPS students to succeed in a career and life.

 

  • Continually Improving Student Achievement

Student Achievement is one area where MCPS has grown and excelled over the years, but there is still room for improvement.  Despite a significant commitment by the school system, we still see an achievement gap, especially at the secondary level.  There are also disparities between the academic performance of schools with similar student populations and staffing levels.  We need to dig deeper to uncover the reasons for these disparities and take steps to eliminate them.  Observing high performing schools and promoting their best practices is a good start.

  • Bring Creativity and Imagination back into the Classroom

I am concerned that No Child Left Behind has hurt, instead of helped our children.  Our new Superintendent and many of our Montgomery County educators have recognized this consequence of NCLB.  Mandatory testing and the teaching to the test are at an all-time high.  As a result, our children are not developing critical thinking skills for them to use later in their lives–whether in college or on the job.  The Superintendent took a great first step in eliminating the administration of the second grade CTBS testing program.  We need to continue to work at the state and federal level to find a balance between accountability and a cookie cutter education and to find ways to allow good teachers to bring their passion and creativity into the classroom.


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