GCAE Candidate Questionnaire
As educators and supporters of public education, the Guilford County Association of Educators recognizes that our students’ living conditions are an integral part of their learning conditions. While City Council does not determine budgets or allocate funding for GCS, the Council does implement and fund policies and programs that directly impact students’ quality of life and ability to learn. Please answer the following question about how you would address these student centered issues if elected.
All children deserve access to safe, high quality, affordable housing. The conditions in which our students live directly impacts their ability to learn. Please describe how your leadership will address: A) enforcement of existing safe housing guidelines; B) increasing access to affordable housing for families; and C) creating and implementing a plan to end student homelessness in Greensboro.
Too many of our students live in poverty and low-income households. This has a direct, negative impact on student learning. What is your plan to establish clear definitions of living wages and benefit standards sufficient to pull children out of poverty? What is your plan for economic development to create jobs that will pay living wage. What standards for grants or contracts given by the city will you uphold to move us toward a city wide living wage?
How would you make Greensboro a healthy city for all children? Please include your thoughts about work needed for A) access to healthy local food; B) access to child health and wellness services, including preventive mental health services; and C) funding and support for parks and recreation centers ensuring students have resources to be physically active.
What is your commitment to our students' civil rights? Please describe problem issues and possible solutions related to A) voting (including access for high schoolers); B) immigration: we believe students should not be separated from their parents and other caregivers by ICE, and GCSO and GPD should not in any way facilitate ICE in their work to separate families; C) other civil rights issues you feel the city should address (race and policing is in the next question).
Would you be willing to work toward a public plan for our city police department to work with Guilford County Schools to end the school to prison pipeline? If so, describe how you would work to address A) clear, publicly accessible reporting of police involvement in Guilford County Schools including data disaggregated by type of incident, location, race, gender, and age; B) a drastic reduction in student and police interaction; and C) if you would support a reallocation of a portion of the police budgets toward supporting research, evidence based restorative practices in GCS.
What does it mean to have a Greensboro that is truly green? How would you work for student centered standards for green infrastructure development? Please include: A) public parks and spaces; B) strengthening of urban water safety standards; C) green energy initiatives; D) a current assessment of public transportation access and quality for young people ; E) climate change accords and standards for cities; F) student freedom from landfills and pollution.
Data shows that early investments in children (from prenatal care through age five and beyond) pay off when it comes to increasing third grade reading proficiency, increasing the number of students prepared for college, and building a thriving community with lower costs for social services. Proactive interventions can also contribute to reduced child abuse and neglect throughout a child’s lifetime. As Guilford County builds a strong cradle to career continuum, making wise investments in child care subsidies, expansion of Pre-K services, and other early learning interventions will be key to a thriving community. How would you help ensure we our city's children have access to fully funded early childhood services?
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