Fourteen people are on the
(We asked the same question in September of City Council candidates.)
Twelve school board candidates replied. Here are the responses, alphabetically, of six. We'll publish the other six on Friday.
Have we not advanced in our society well enough to our present 2011? Yes 2011, the year where everything should be on the table that will educate our kids – charter schools, vouchers, hybrids of charter and public schools, treating teachers like professionals/assets, schools of one, etc.
If you agree, then I am worth the gas it will take to drive to the polls to cast a yes vote. Go to www.EastCharlotte.org, www.WestCharlotte.org, www.SouthCharlotte.org or www.NorthCharlotte.org if you live in
Whatever the focus of your vote or if you are not even voting at least come up with some ideas to help our teachers. Go to www.ThankYouTeachers.com. Give your ideas on how we can reward our great teachers, and help keep them in the classroom as well as entice them into the more challenged schools.
I am passionate about strengthening our public education system, and improving opportunities for all children. We face huge challenges in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We can only meet these challenges by working together, and including all voices in the process. We must collaborate to solve these problems – our community’s well-being and economic prosperity depend upon raising our graduation rate and narrowing our achievement gap. I have the skills and the commitment to help bring this about.
I am a
I am running for school board because we are facing challenges that require great leadership in the boardroom. I have served as a committed advocate within our schools for the past 17 years, working to improve student achievement and rallying parents to get engaged in education.
My efforts have always focused on the needs of children and families. My experience as a nonprofit executive and community advocate give me a unique perspective on the issues facing our children, our schools and our community. Professionally, I bring real world experience in the areas of drop-out prevention, on-time graduation and gang intervention. My primary goals are:
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Provide each child with a quality education. Prepare students to graduate on time, successfully pursue higher education or compete in the global marketplace and become productive citizens.
EQUITY AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Ensure that every school is equipped to become a school of excellence that’s desirable to students and parents regardless of its location.
TALENT ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION: Equip each classroom with a well- trained, highly-effective teacher. Provide every school with a team of prepared and engaged administrators.
OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS: Require efficient, equitable and transparent budget decisions that meet the operating/capital needs of a large urban/suburban district.
Vote for great leadership on November 8. Cast your ballot for Ericka Ellis-Stewart.
Keith W. Hurley
On July 1st of 2011, I announced as one of the first candidates that I was running for the CMS board. What moved me to run was that I care for my public education community, am concerned about the direction and business decisions CMS has taken, am capable of the position with my 25-year background as a community leader, and am committed to advancing the quality of our public education system. We are deemed a “world-class city with a mediocre public education system at best.” This needs to change.
The board has let itself be influenced by numerous outside interest groups that have not helped. The Broad Foundation, Gates Foundation and Spangler money have all found their way into CMS pockets. A little of it is good, but a lot of it is paybacks for influence. We have added over testing and extended the school days, which resulted in negative results across CMS. A new topic has come out recently with school board taxing authority which I strongly oppose! We need to go back to basics. Neighborhood schools and supporting teachers will lead to success. Reduce busing kids all over the county will allow our children to learn more. Stop closing the schools.
I plan to earn the community’s trust back with HONEST communication with the public about the issues we face. It won’t be easy. We have to find the best superintendent we can that will move forward with a strategic plan. My SMART plan (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results & Timely Manner) is a proven strategy for success.
During the past three years, our students, employees, and community have suffered undue stress and uncertainty in regards to the sometimes indecisive direction of our school board and district. I want to become the catalyst which mends the fences that have been broken and restore trust and integrity where it’s needed most.
I will capitalize on my many years of classroom experience and knowledge of educational policy to fight for what’s best for children and families in all sections of this county to ensure a high-quality, stabilized public school experience. I recognize the stress and upheaval in the lives of CMS families caused by the lengthening of the school day, closings of schools, grade configurations in some schools, the rush to Pay for Performance and the over-emphasis on standardized testing.
I sounded the alarm with the former superintendent’s backdoor attempt with HB546, which in its present form, would jeopardize the livelihood of educators here in the district. My voice was not only heard here but also in
The people need a champion on the school board who will never let their voices be silenced again. I am capable and willing to be that voice.
For the last two years I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education. For that honor I would like to thank the citizens of District 6. During that time, our community has faced the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. We have made budget and operational decisions that were unthinkable several short years ago. Yet through it all, one item has been at the heart of every major decision we have made: increasing student achievement by following our Strategic Plan.
My wife and I can remember where we have been. When she graduated from North Mecklenburg and I from
In order to keep up this positive momentum, as your next at-large CMS board member I will focus on:
- Hiring a superintendent with a track record of supporting reform measures.
- Continuing efforts to place an effective teacher in every classroom.
- Identifying cost-savings through privatization and directing savings back to teachers and the classroom.