Vocational Education

College is not the right decision for all students, so our schools should continue to expand the focus and open new avenues to good paying jobs that do not require a college degree. The opportunities for a vocational education at the Charlotte Technical Center and other campuses throughout the county have expanded over the past few years, but we should …

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State Mandated Testing

State mandated testing, combined with district-mandated testing has created a stressful system of evaluating schools, teachers, and students. It is impossible to judge the worth of a teacher and the ability of a student by mundane tests created by bureaucrats. The creativity and love that goes into planning a lesson, coaching students through it and watching the light-bulbs go off …

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Educator Workplace Culture

School culture is a delicate balance between principal and staff that must be well maintained. Charlotte County Public Schools has a great vision, “One Voice. One Team. One Message.” But teachers feel their voice is not heard.  The culture in our schools is highly inconsistent with this message.  My personal experiences and interviews with educators has shown me that teachers …

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Mental Health

We must ensure students feel safe, cared for, motivated, and excited while attending Charlotte County schools. Students of all ages are faced with unending testing, ever-evolving social lives, and changing conceptions of the world. All this weighs on our students more than they let on. Support structures for students of all ages need to be implemented and monitored to help …

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Budget

Our school budget should always be based on the needs of our students. We need a high level of accountability for every tax dollar spent. The CCPS budget needs to be more transparent and accountable to the public. We can reduce expenditures by examining the value of each expense. Professional development for staff should be evaluated and determined to be …

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Charter Schools

A school is only as good as the people who support it. We need to build our schools to be the best they can be for all members of the community. Public education funds should be kept public and controlled by publicly elected officials. Privately owned corporations should never see our children as profit. “Going to school is not the …

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Community

Public schools cannot thrive without community support. Luckily, our communities are willing and able to help. As a member of the School Board, I will continue to work with local foundations and small businesses to invest in our students. Volunteers and donations should be better employed to enrich the Charlotte County educational experience, from sports programs to field trips. We …

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Referendum

The benefits from this referendum could have a lasting, positive impact on the students of Charlotte County. The money should be spent on essential items that are directly linked to student achievement such as more instructional time, additional materials, and personnel. Charlotte County will attract better teachers and provide more essential services to children. At the same time, we cannot …

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Transparency

As an elected body, the School Board should be available to the people. School Board workshops should be live streamed to give citizens as much access as possible. As a member of your School Board, I will push for greater social media use to inform parents quickly and easily of the developments in our schools. I will also establish monthly …

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