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City: St. Charles
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: St. Charles Unit District 303 School Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, no children.
Education: Glenbard East High School Western Illinois University
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Ensuring our children have a quality academic education.
Key Issue 2
Allowing teachers to maintain more control of their classes and less time with administrative duties.
Key Issue 3
Managing district spending and focus.
Do you believe St. Charles Unit District 303 taxpayers should shoulder more of the responsibility to fund local teacher pensions? Why or why not?
No. This does not solve the pension crisis in Illinois. Funneling the responsibility to local taxpayers will not lessen the pension burden.
What is your opinion of transition to grade level centers for the former Davis and Richmond Elementary schools? Should that approach be used with any ther district schools?
Candidate did not respond.
Do you support the current financial plan to increase the overall tax levy for the school district by 2.5 percent every year for the next five years? Why or why not?
Taxes go up nearly every year, while property values are going down. This makes no sense to me. Taxpayers are over-burdened now and raising them every year is not right.
Do you support the results of the Summit 303 process, which called for more foreign language classes, a wider range or electives and a computer for every student in the district? How would you pay for them?
No. There is no money for this. The standard academic curriculum should be the education focus first and foremost.
What do you think about the shift to the common core standards? How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?
The Common Core's dubious standards undermine local control of education, and usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre theories on our children. Proponents of this program claim it is a rigorous education, when in fact the opposite is true. Academics are delayed by a grade or two, it is a national curriculum, national testing, and parents have no voice with regard to their children's education. The Common Core is very expensive and I believe this is wrong.