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I have 3 kids in the school system and they all go to different schools. You would be amazed (maybe not) at how inefficient the district is at maintaining my information. It should not be this hard and yet there is a path forward. I have dealt with 2 different elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools (currently - 3rd in a few years). It is a disjointed mess.
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Ask any parent what they wish they could change about school and I am sure that one of the first things that will come up is all the paperwork. Why can't we simplify everything for those that want it? There is simply too much paperwork that is redundant and superfluous. In this age of technology, we can and should do better. One system that brings everything together to get the information into a single location.
Regarding teachers' pay raises - wages have been stagnant for far too long. I would absolutely make that a priority once elected as School Board Member-At-Large. The wages need to be raised between 5 and 10%.
Teachers should have a way to reach administration and the School Board without having to feel that there is a potential repercussion. No matter the issue, we should have an anonymous application that allows real feedback to be collected and actionable tasks, not just talk.
Printing paper is not free and yet every year I get stacks and stacks of paperwork from all the schools. There is a more efficient method -- that is through process automation. Using process automation will remove the burden of paperwork that is forced on teachers to deal with in addition to their teaching work. That will free up their time to provide more class time to each student. Counselors can get back to talking to students and not be worried about stacks of paperwork.
Academy funding is something that I think we should continue to fund. At the same time, I think we need to make sure that each school is not being negatively impacted by having/not having an academy. We should consider expanding them and adjusting how students are picked so that there is more equity from each part of the city.
I am open to listening to what benefits teachers want and need. I hope to incorporate these benefits in the near future.
Holding people in the school system accountable starts at the top. We need to have a School Board that is not dysfunctional and hiding behind the curtain. Administration should be held accountable for what they do and what they are not doing. Leadership starts by showing that we will be responsible and responsive.
Our teachers' workload is a huge concern. They have more work added every year and have to work unpaid hours to do it. Most of this work is data entry that can be automated. This would give teachers the time they need to work on lesson plans and creative endeavors. It would give them more time with their students, more time with their families, and reduce their stress. I look forward to receiving teacher feedback to streamline this process and improve their jobs.
Teachers should not have to deal with unruly kids and students should be held responsible for their actions. That said, teachers should not be burdened with particularly onerous forms. Inputting information and a report of the event should be the most they are responsible for. Every other part of the process should be removed from the teachers to allow them to focus on the students in class. Any system can have flaws and we should consider improvements before throwing away the work.