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General Platform video
Teachers and Unions
Response to Intervention
Differences from Randy Dorn
Random Voter Questions
Money in Politics
Food in Schools
Charter Schools and Initiative 1240
1. High-Stakes Testing: I do not support high stakes testing!
Standards are important. We need to understand where each student is in relation to the standards so teachers know where they need help. We should be testing them in a variety of ways, all year long so as soon as we see an issue, we can address it right away. We should not wait until the summer to look at the results of these high stakes tests because by then, students have graduated and ineffective teachers have already signed contracts for the next year. We need to know which students and teachers are failing right away so we can help them all before its too late to help them.
2. Charter Schools: No Charter schools and Initiative 1240 in our state!
I have worked at two different charter schools in 2 states. They take money out of the public school system to experiment with our students. Specifically, the Initiative 1240 on the WA state ballot is flawed and people should not vote for it. We can already offer alternatives to traditional education in our public schools. There are alternatives all over the state and now that WA state has a waiver from No Child Left Behind, we can be even more innovative in our approach to education.
Only 17% of charter schools have shown improvement over their public school counterparts and 37% actually are doing worse.
We can not take any more risks with our students in WA state.
3. Food in our schools: I support healthy, Washington grown food in our schools as often as it is possible.
The highest nutrient value is found in food that is grown within 25 miles of the consumer. We have struggling farmers around the state who could benefit from selling their locally grown food to our schools. That would put our tax dollars back into our local economy and our children would be getting the best quality food. Companies in our state that make healthy food products and local shipping companies would also have priority over out of state companies when it comes to contracts with food service and sales in my administration.
4. Special education- I support special education programs receiving full funding to implement the Response to Intervention model, or RTI.
I support full implementation of the Pyramid Response to Intervention model in our state with fidelity. What does this mean?
Our current model is to wait until a child has failed completely until we offer special education services to them. Bellingham school district is implementing the RTI model with fidelity and has seen a marked improvement in student achievement. How does it work?
The special education and general education staff work together to help all children. As soon as a need is seen because a student is doing poorly in academics, attendance, behavior, or anything else, the team meets to help the student with research based interventions that have been shown to work with children dealing with similar issues. This is educational best practices at their finest and should be fully funded and implemented in every school. We cannot let any child fail in order to offer them help. This makes no sense whatsoever.
5. Art, music, drama, dance, physical education, & vocational education in every district.
Every district must fully fund these programs so our students have a variety of choices of careers and skills that they can master so that when they graduate they can get a job in which they can support themselves and their family. Not everyone is going to attend a four-year college.
6. Alternative education choices in all districts.
I support Montessori, Waldorf, STEM, IB, dual language, art or music focused, etc. programs and schools in our public school districts so families have a choice what type of curriculum is used to teach the standards.
We can offer any type of curriculum or program in our state. Period. We do not need charter schools to do it. We can implement these programs in any district right now. Parents should contact other parents and get a large group of other parents who support having a specific type of program in the district and submit it to the superintendent. Everyone should then work together to plan for finding the staff, materials and classroom/school space to offer the program to students. I want to see districts with a great deal of diverse programs for families to choose what type of education is best for their children.
7. Schools free from bullying
How can a child be expected to learn if they are being bullied by peers, teachers or other adults? They can not. We need to ensure that all teachers and parents are trained to identify and stop bullying in our schools. We need to educate parents, teachers and educational staff of the most supportive and helpful way to communicate with our children to help them feel safe. We need to inspire our children to be kind and supportive of each other, because each one of us has a gift and purpose in this life and we must nurture each other to help us all reach our full potential.
If you feel my platform and approach is practical and will help our children achieve their full potential in our schools, then please vote for me in the August 7th Primary, November 6th General election and “Pay It Forward” to friends, family, colleagues, coworkers, and random people you meet on the street. I cannot compete with the money in this election, but I can compete with my mind, ideas and all of your support. The only way I can win is with your support and you sharing my campaign with people you know.
If you help me and convince three people to vote for me and they convince 3 people to vote for me continuously, in 30 days over 10 billion exchanges of this information can take place. And that’s just if you do it. I have been talking to thousands of people around the western part of the state.
Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2012
Here is my video response to the article written by Zoe Fraley in the Bellingham Herald.