PASS/FAIL: Two vie for superintendent position

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM.

Ragle:Personally, I do not believe that one’s political affiliation should play a part in education, and I do not believe that the superintendent of schools should be an elected official. I entered this race with considerable experience in education and a desire to bring a new style of leadership to the school district — a style that supports the contributions of a team working toward a common purpose — a style that does not discount the contributions of others.

I am hoping that voters who see a need for change will judge the integrity, qualifications, and motives of the person hoping to make a difference by serving as your superintendent of schools.

Where can school funding be spent to make the biggest impact? If you had additional funding to bolster one program, what would that program be?

Anderson: The greatest impact on student success comes from the quality of the teacher that stands in front of them every day. All funds that go into hiring and training our teachers to be GREAT will have the largest returns. However, if we had additional funds, they would be well spent in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses. These are critical areas that must be taught with rigor and relevance as we simultaneously infuse them with the new, national Common Core standards. For our students to compete in the global market of tomorrow, they must receive specific education in these areas.

Ragle:I believe in a well-rounded education. I also know that the public school system cannot offer “one size fits all.” We have diverse populations and our students learn in different ways, have different interests, and come to us with the different levels of preparedness to learn.

For me to promote one area over another is presumptuous. A student may have a greater affinity for the arts, or for athletics, or for science, or math. Public schools should not squelch any individual’s talent or interest, but provide the opportunities to foster love for learning.

The blending of federal funds must be considered to more effectively serve our students. We must establish an equitable plan for providing resources and technology to our individual schools, and eliminate unnecessary minutia that deprives our students of instructional time. Compensation schedules should be reevaluated to ensure equity and fairness.

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