Vocational Education

College is not the right decision for all students, so our schools should continue to expand their vocational education facilities and create new avenues for 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 …

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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 from tests created by bureaucrats in Tallahassee. The complexity of the educational process cannot, and should not, be boiled down to a multiple-choice assessment. I have …

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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’ vision is, “One Voice. One Team. One Message.” Despite this, teachers feel their voices are not heard.  The culture in our schools is highly inconsistent with the district’s stated goals.  My personal experiences and interviews with educators have shown me that …

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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 simply of the developments in their child’s school. I will establish monthly …

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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 tell us. 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 much higher level of accountability for every tax dollar spent. I will work to make the CCPS budget more transparent and accountable to the public. We can reduce expenditures by examining the value of each expense. Wasteful programs, such as unnecessary professional development, should …

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Charter Schools

A school is only as good as the people who support it. Before focusing on outside options, we need to build our public schools to be the best they can be for all members of the community. Public education funds should be focused on education accessible to every citizen, controlled by elected officials. Privately owned corporations should never see our …

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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 and our schools. Volunteers and donations should be better employed to enrich the Charlotte County educational experience, from sports programs to …

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Referendum

The benefits from the proposed 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 increased instructional time, additional materials, and more personnel. With a stronger budget, Charlotte County will attract better teachers and provide more essential services to children. …

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