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Twitter: Candidate did not respond.
Family: My wife, Valerie
Adult children: Arthur and Carolyn
Occupation: Sr. Systems Analyst
Education: I had graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor degree in Computer Science.
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
I am running for Glenbard School Board District 87 because I believe that education is the foundation for the future of our community. Investing in our children now means a flourishing future for the Glenbard community, to DuPage County, to the state of Illinois, and America. I believe in providing each and every student equal opportunity to the best education available. I support the Glenbard HS School Mission statement, "We are a community committed to inspiring and empowering all learners to succeed".
I've been a resident of Lombard for over 25 years. My wife, Valerie, and I have two adult children who grew up and attended Glenbard East HS. I am always amazed and well pleased by the quality of teachers we have in our district. They care about our children.
My education, professional career, and volunteer service have prepared me well for the Glenbard HS School board. I had graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor degree in Computer Science. I'm currently a Sr. Systems Analyst at Discover Financial Services, whom I been with for over 12 years. I also had been Cub Scout Master for a year with Cub Scout Pack 40 at Pleasant Lane School, I had served as Boy Scout Committee board member for Boy Scout Troop 242. My last 3 years in scouting, I was the Scout Master for Troop 242. Finally, for over 15 years, I have been the Librarian at Lombard Gospel Chapel.
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
I'm opposed to Common Core Standard because of the following reasons and concerns:
1. Ignores Parental Rights
2. Collects private and personal data on children without parental knowledge or consent
3. Standardizes nationally what is taught without local autonomy
4. Requires uniformity of standards without any researched-based or proven improvement in student learning
5. Omits good modern and classical literature
6. Promotes inferior math skills
7. Imposes curriculum to meet a set-of-testing-criteria.
8. Continues to become unpopular with more and more States:
a. 8 states had never adopted or withdrawn from Common Core
b. Only 40 percent of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards.
* CNSNEWS.COM - August 18, 2015,
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 local board of education should play a major role in setting the curriculum for students because the board serves the Glenbard community and answers to them. The parents and the Glenbard community are the primary stakeholders.
I support a education path for non-college bound students. Students who want to pursue a career in the trades like HVAC, construction, and Electrical Engineer.
I wish to bring back Civics classes that focus on learning in depth the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. Students should learn other forms of government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues of the day.
I also support a personal finance class that teaches students in the fundamentals of personal finances like creating a budget, knowing how to file income taxes, choosing health, auto, and life insurance, banking, and loans.
What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax or fee increases?
I'm fiscally conservative and I will work hard to keep costs down and the have all the schools operating at the highest efficiently. I will spend your tax dollars wisely and have full transparency. I do NOT support any tax increase. The property tax in DuPage County are one of the highest in the nation. We must keep our expenses low and create a backup plan in the event that we don't receive all the funding from the State of Illinois.
What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?
I'm in favor of school choice because it gives more control to the parents. Therefore, parents may choose where to send their children to school by voting with their school vouchers.
I'm in favor of Jeanne Ives School Choice bill:
HB 443 "“ School Choice
Creates the Illinois School Choice Program to allow any State-recognized, non-public school at which a parent chooses to enroll their children to be reimbursed by the State for the cost of that child's tuition as part of a voucher program.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
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If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
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What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Math - today I'm a Systems Analyst.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?