I firmly believe strong public education opens the door for achieving the American Dream. I will work to ensure that Spokane Public Schools develops each student’s talents and skills to his or her fullest potential. In my first term I pushed for budgetary and program changes that resulted in a 19% increase in the graduation rate.
For our children to be competitive in the 21st century, I believe Spokane Public Schools will need the following programs, many of which I hope to see described in our new Strategic Plan this fall. A more thorough description of my goals is contained on the web page entitled “Detailed Positions”:
- Rigorous Academics with High Standards. Welcome to T-2-4. Based on the fact that 67% of job openings in WA are projected to require some form of post-secondary training by 2018, I believe the appropriate “finish line” for our students should not be merely obtaining a high school diploma, but rather completing some program at the post-secondary level. It could either be technical or military (the T), a 2 year degree (the 2), or a 4 year degree (the 4).
To get there, in addition to creating a different mind-set in both students and staff as to the ultimate educational objective, our students will need the development of a strong work ethic, more program options (which could include charter schools), and a renewed emphasis on civic learning, science, foreign languages, and the arts. Elementary students should receive at least 1000 instructional hours per year, and we also need to expand our Career and Technical offerings so that students can graduate fully certified in high demand trades.
- Responsible Budgeting. Budgeting should be according to Strategic Priorities that contribute to student success, should include more rigorous program evaluation, responsible long-term facility and maintenance plans, and clear direction to prioritize expenditures on direct instruction and instructional support.
- Excellent Teachers Doing Excellent Teaching. Beginning with the belief each child can succeed, it should include identifying, selecting, retaining, and supporting the highest quality employees, providing a consistent curriculum across grade levels, smaller class sizes and more teacher and principal flexibility, better integration of social and emotional development through the use of more counselors and behavior intervention specialists, and better integration of technology to improve student learning and to communicate with both students and parents.
- Effective Community Partnerships with families, non-profits, businesses and general citizens, so each complement and support one another in developing the next generation of citizens.
With our new superintendent, Dr. Shelley Redinger, and our new top management team, I am very excited about what we can accomplish the next several years in Spokane Public Schools.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org | (509) 220-3440
P.O. Box 4506 | 1602 E. Sprague | Spokane, WA 99220
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