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Board of Education
Board of Education District 003
Amano, LynnNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
8707 Sundale Drive
Silver Spring MD 20910
lynnamano@gmail.com
Lynn Amano for Board Of Education
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No, I do not support this move. Quality of education here in MoCo drives our economic growth and should not take a back seat . We need to engage all stakeholders to advocate for our fair share of county and state funds, and pursue new funding sources such as private/public partnerships.
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Yes.We need to collaborate with the State and remain open to new ideas and approaches that have worked in other parts of the state or similar districts across the country.
MCPS needs to provide each child with opportunities for challenge and growth, meeting them where they are with valuable supports, such as ESOL, special needs, and wraparound services, and providing quality instruction that gives them opportunities and choices for their future.
First, language accessible and culturally sensitive communications. Second, outreach to locations beyond the school. Third, better promotion of programs and options available to kids. Last, easy access to elected officials and staff.
I am committed to making every child feel safe through policies and actions. Diversity in staff, culturally sensitive instruction and communications, social/emotional learning, anti-bullying, restorative justice practices, handicap accommodations and more are important.
The school system needs to set guidelines to keep our children healthy and safe. Within those guidelines, schools and teachers should have the support and flexibility to meet regulations in ways that work best for them and their students.
Yes, health and nutrition education and exposure should be better integrated, and at the earliest ages possible, while children are still open to new foods and experiences. This will increase demand for healthy options and provide a better economy of scale for the Food and Nutrition Division.
Counselors at school are important for students who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other stresses in situations where they may not feel comfortable talking to parents or peers. We need more counselors in our schools, to serve this essential function for our students.
I believe the Police Department has done a good job in supporting SROs in our schools, including providing recruitment incentives. MCPS could also consider training support, educational credits, and scholarship incentives for SROs willing to serve our schools.
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I am committed to bringing resources and creative solutions to address overcrowding and protect class sizes for students in our schools. Stakeholder advocacy for funds, construction cost review, creative use of spaces, and public-private partnerships are necessary to meet our capacity challenges.
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 001
Blaeuer, Maria
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
22504 Robin Ct.
Gaithersburg MD 208821414
maria.blaeuer@gmail.com
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I am concerned by this. Needed school construction/mondernatization should not be subordinated to other capital projects; many schools are already at/over capacity. MCPS is Montgomery Co.'s greatest asset, and attracts new residents and businesses; it should be treated as the economic asset it is.
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Yes, if those incentives make economic sense when considered in light of larger MCPS budget, I would support them. However, any incentives that limited the potential for community engagement and parent input on school needs, I would be deeply concerned by.
I support community schools as a means to address out of school barriers to student achievement and programs that keep experienced teachers in higher need schools. Consistent with the WestED report, I support increasing the staff to support and identify students with disabilities.
MCPS must improve its communication with the families of students with disabilities, especially around their dispute resolution rights, and affirmatively reach out to communities who are underrepresented in MCPS’ special programs.
MCPS must proatively encourage inclusive schools, and not just respond when there are problems. I support efforts to recruit teachers of color, the continued use of a diverse and inclusive curriculum and alternatives to school exclusion, including restorative justice.
Local regulations can be used to encourage public participation and dialouge about important issues, and are an important part of democratic school governance; I support the use of the regulatory process to engage with the community and reflect the priorities of community.
Yes, health and nutrition should be integrated into the curriculum in a variety of subjects, and I hope to see more in-school food preparation as one result of that integration, as well as greater access to diverse foods, including lower-sugar selections, especially at breakfast.
I support increasing the number social workers and psychologists available to support students and collaborate with staff (as raised in WestEd report). I also support community schools and additional partnerships and co-location agreements for mental health care providers (ex. Linkages to Leaning).
I support the current policy stating that SROs have no role in enforcing MCPS policies and serve primarily as a resource to MCPS staff and liason between MCPS and MCPS. I am concerned that the 40 hour training for SROs is not sufficient, and would examine that as a board member.
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We need to plan for growth, instead of just reacting to growth, so that we have the capacity to serve all of families with the level of excellence they deserve. MCPS must be part of the county's larger ecomonic development planning from the inception of those plans.
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 001
Docca, JudyNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/03/2017
P.O.Box 86232
Montgomery Village MD 20886
(301) 442-7591
doccajud1@verizon.net
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Equity issues for speakers of other languages, special education students, African Americans, and females are very much on everyone’s agenda. The Superintendent is re-organizing the staff to place more teachers who are certified, but in other jobs, into the classroom as fulltime employees (most with
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The BOE and Superintendent are requiring diversity training but intentions to improve the success of African American, Latino, Special Education, and English Language learners would be evident in the school improvement plan. The School Improvement Plan (SPI) will be examined for evidence of success.
MCPS and the BOE must continue to work closely with MCCPTA and other parent support groups to provide appropriate information about cyberbullying and hate crimes. The new technology chief is providing programs, which are appropriate for use in school.
Health and Wellness are serious concerns and sch
Communication with all families is difficult. Phone or Internet can reach the majority of families. The BOE encourages staff members to learn about students in their care. There are some we cannot reach electronically. It may mean a personal contact staff member or by NAACP Parent Council and Latino
The BOE and the Superintendent are pleased to have assistance from Montgomery County Health and Human Services in the area of family services through linkages to learning and wellness centers in high school. Each year in the budget, more counselors are added to assist with group and individual conce
The police department and MCPS security office director are in close contact and share pertinent information to keep schools operating safely. The superintendent and the safety director join in the training of police officers who work in buildings with adolescents. Relationships of respect should en
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The Superintendent and staff are looking at schools, which have space, which are contiguous with over-crowded schools. Some programs are being considered for moves into commercial buildings. The enrollment is growing in middle and high schools in the next 5 years. Re-opening Woodward High School wou
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 003
O'Neill, Patricia
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/28/2017
6716 Landon Lane
Bethesda MD 20817
(301) 807-4042
pat4boe@aol.com
www.patoneill.org
www.Facebook.com/PAT4BOE
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No. I support an increase in General Obligation bonds, and increased state funding. In the medium to long-term, it is time for a dialogue by county leaders and stakeholders on viable options for increasing the revenue stream that can be dedicated to school construction.
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The Commission’s report recommends that the state and local jurisdictions try new approaches to school construction and urges the state to encourage innovation by local jurisdictions. I agree and support structural and financial incentives that encourage collaboration.
The Commission’s report recommends that the state and local jurisdictions try new approaches to school construction and urges the state to encourage innovation by local jurisdictions. I agree and support structural and financial incentives that encourage collaboration.
Technology permits us to tailor our communications to meet the needs of our MCPS community. We must meet our students and parents where they are. It is a lot of work, but it will pay off. Our translation and interpretation resources must be available in the languages that our students speak at home.
MCPS classrooms must be a safe, welcoming space for students and adults. I have worked with my colleagues at the local and state level to put in place policies that send the message that our classrooms should be safe and welcoming places with zero tolerance for bullying and sexual abuse.
Regulations should have at their utmost aim, the safety and security of our students. We should be familiar with the research and infuse the findings in our regulations. We should also ensure that there is adequate capacity to enforce the regulations.
Yes. This is a work in progress in MCPS. I am committed to working with my colleagues on the Board and with MCPS staff to continue reviewing existing policies and regulations, with the aim of ensuring that wholesome health and nutrition practices are infused in all aspects of our curriculum.
I am excited about the work we are doing to address the social and emotional well-being of students. Our counselors must have the capacity to engage in mental health and counseling services. We need a comprehensive audit of all MCPS mental health and counseling services.
MCPS and the Montgomery County Police Department enjoy great collaboration and both sides have demonstrated a commitment to the safety and well-being of our students and adults. We should consider financial incentives to recruit officers who have a calling to work with students in the classroom.
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We must always provide the classrooms that our students need. I am committed to remaining open to all viable options to ensure that we have the capacity for our ever-growing population. I am also committed to exploring and implementing creative solutions that keep class sizes small.
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 005
Pykosh, Paul J.
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
3905 Springarden St
Olney MD 20832
ppykosh@gmail.com
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 003
Simon, LauraNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
11104 Hurdle Hill Dr
Potomac MD 20854
(301) 983-4981
lbsimon001@gmail.com
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It is important to be budget conscious with how we allocate funds and use our capital budget. Projects should be prioritized based on how they enhance the classroom experience. For example, before throwing technology into classroms we need to fully research the educational value.
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Yes depending on the incentive.
Technology in the classroom must help children thrive and not impede their performance. MCPS has the best teachers in the nation and we have to ensure that they can do their jobs and that there is as much incentive and reward to teaching at each and every acedemic level.
Communication must be easily accesible for all students and families. Additionally, Students and families should be encouraged to share any and all communication with the school that affects the health and welfare of the child.
There should be no tolerance for bullying including cyberbullying. Students
should feel supported by the school and feel safe and respected and trust that
necessary action will be taken.
There is a health and safety vaccum when it comes to technology. Technology was put in the classroom without a health body advising on all these issues. The AAP of MD and health experts across the state support the MD Dept of Health developing safety guidelines and MCPS should be supportive.
Yes. Nutrition education needs to follow current science and research. Good Nutrition gives children the fuel to thrive.
We need more mental health and counseling services.
1 have witnessed good cooperation but in light of what is going on across the
country with school shootings, there is always room for improvement. We need
to do whatever it takes to recruit the best officers to keep children safe at school.
County Police Department to advance school security? What i
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Technology is expensive and seductive and may look like a panacea, but what kids need most are engaging and dynamic teachers.
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Board of Education
Board of Education District 005
Wolff, BrendaNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/04/2017
16111 Llewellyn Manor Way
Silver Spring MD 20905
(301) 260-8760
Brendawolffcampaign@gmail.com
www.brendawolff.com
@brendawolffforboardofeducation
@brendawolff1
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The County’s lower spending affordability guidelines will harm MCPS capital project possibilities. Education must be a larger part of the County budget each year because not only does the number of students enrolled grow but also many of these new students have language or learning challenges.
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Yes. The Commission has made recommendations that would provide flexibility in the school construction structure and review process. We have sufficient expertise in house to manage the school construction project and are in the best position to know what we need. The result is a flexible process a
We must increase diversity in our staff and hire teachers that believe that all children should be provided quality instruction; provide training and support for new teachers on effective practice; Implement continuous training for teachers on cultural competence and implicit bias and rain staff on
In order for any efforts of communication to be successful, there has to be (1)trust and honest communication; (2)Continuous and meaningful training in cultural competence and implicit bias; and (3) engaging teachers and families in joint decision- making when possible. Parents as well as students
I am fully committed. Student achievement is impacted by this and their belief that they are welcome in the school. We must (1) demand fair treatment of all and a zero tolerance of discrimination; (2) teach respect for all and model that respect with each other and (3)have open and honest communic
We don’t need more regulations. We need nurses and mental health professionals in schools to address the numerous challenges. We need partnerships with other county agencies to find monies to address these needs. We are concerned about WiFi towers next to our school buildings. We need balance be
es. We should be teaching students about nutritional choices in elementary schools. We must demonstrate our commitment to healthy choices by the food and drink choices we make available in schools. Students should learn about the correlation between learning and proper nutrition. We are teachin
I would support an increased allocation for school-based mental health supports and services. I would like to see continued discussions around mental health and student stress. We also need to consider how we can better prepare students to cope with stress at every stage. This is a critical compon
There is good cooperation. The level of trust between the MCPS, the Police and the Community needs work. The incentives that should be considered to recruit for School Resource Officer include competitive pay, competitive benefits, recruiting officers who grew up in and know the county and officers
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There are desirable class size goals but what is important is whether there are resources that are available, whether there is skilled teaching staff and whether there is a supportive environment for both teachers and students. The BOE, County Council, the community and legislature must continue to
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Board of Education At Large
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Arbuckle, Ryan
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
4408 Brookfield Dr
Kensington MD 208954015
ryanarbucklecampaign@gmail.com
https://twitter.com/RyanArbuckleMD.
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Board of Education At Large
N/AEdib, TimurNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
200A Monroe St Suite 115
Rockville MD 20850
(301) 251-8830
timur@ediblaw.com
www.timuredib.com
Yes-move from Council folder
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No! We need to realize the difference between the words “growth” and “development” and change our paradigm of thinking. Focus on vocational education, new funding streams including direct fees on construction projects to internalize infrastructure costs.
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I read the report, same point, the paradigm must change. I will support anything that helps students achieve their goals. We should find ways to engage the business sector in our schools
Equity and equality are not the same. Every child deserves to be their own best. That doesn’t mean every child should receive the same “high quality” instruction. This is the core of my campaign: vocational education and life skills training are as important as preparing students for college.
Empower neighborhoods so students are ready, willing, and able to learn! Teaching parents about the school “system,” by ensuring all understand the words and deeds of the schools. We may need to provide health care, shelter support, or ESOL to families to empower all to be better citizens.
When I was an Education Commissioner in Phoenix we worked with the Arizona Republic newspaper to engage parents in education. When I was a legislative analyst I worked on addressing the issues of truancy, pregnancy, dropout, and delinquency. Inclusion is why I am running for the Board.
It is not the regulation that matters. We need to empower neighborhoods to create a village of inclusion. It is the shared value that every child has a right to be their best that will guide us. We will foster an environment of mental and physical well being. We will foster positive peer pressure.
Yes. We should teach life skills on how to budget, shop, cook, eat, and exercise. We will teach them know how to read and understand the ingredients, and we will help them learn skills to balance their lives, but we will let critical thinking skills guide them in their choices.
This is the core reason I am a Board candidate. It will be 20 years since Columbine next year. After Parkland, we need to do more. We must make sure every member of our community is engaged, and that everyone has the ability to be their best. That includes mental, emotional, and physical well being.
It is not the solution and it is not the problem. If we focus on empowerment of the students, we don’t need to worry about policing at all. Positive peer pressure works, the data supports it, and I am more about making sure every student is ready, willing, and able to learn.
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Very High! I will continue to engage neighborhoods to fully appreciate the value of education. By empowering students to be their best will we be able to reduce the expense of government, increase the tax base and the standard of living of our community
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Board of Education At Large
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Ibrahim, Marwa Omar
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/21/2018
19 Misty Dale Way
Gaithersburg MD 20877
marwa.ibrahim@gmail.com
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Board of Education At Large
N/AReiley, JulieNon-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
4407 Tournay Rd
Bethesda MD 20816
reiley4education@gmail.com
Yes
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School construction is a priority. Council must meet MCPS's needs & MCPS must provide detailed & reliable data on enrollment & demographics. While we benefit from equitable funding across the state, we need to increase our share of state funds to address increasing enrollment & diverse needs.
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State / LEA collaboration is essential & we must make smart use of local and state experts on school construction / financial planning & funding. However, benefits of traditional school facilities, a community approach to design & the needs of families must not take a back seat to "innovation."
Increase accountability in IEP processes & access to continuum of delivery models & instruction; more paraeducators / co-taught classes; smaller classes, esp.schools impacted by poverty; expand programs such as ACES, Linkages to Learning; expand CTE & highly gifted programs, Expand pre-K programs.
Listening is a priority. MCPS should hold Town Halls throughout the year and county, with BOE or MCPS leadership, on open & specific topics. In addition to being televised, ways to access & pose questions remotely should be investigated. Communication must always be accessible for non-English speaki
As a Latina from L.A., growing up I felt the hurt of hate speech. Racist/sexist/anti-Semitic /LGBTQ/Muslim/Disability speech makes children feel "less than" & even unsafe. We need consequences & lessons/programs/events that teach inclusion & acceptance, including inviting community representatives.
Regulations may increase accountability/safety; sound science must form the basis for ascertaining whether a regulatory based approach is appropriate; employ evidence-based / best practices when writing & implementing regulations; equitable implementation & understanding the consequences is vital.
We should teach a lifetime of good health/eating habits for many reasons, e.g., healthy students perform better in school & grow into healthier, happier, more productive adults. Good physical health in teens promotes positive emotional health. Food Div. practices should promote healthy eating.
Now more than ever we must maintain an unwavering commitment to the mental and social/emotional health of our students. We must ensure adequate funding of school psychologists and PPW who can assist with additional resources. We have to make sure parents know that mental health concerns may entitle
It's collaborative but we must pursue 2017 Security report recommendations (e.g., gang activities/intervention). Incentives such as ensuring FT assignments at all HS and portable prof. development, e.g., foreign language or safe/effective interactions w/ teens w/ spec. needs.
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We have got to work with the county council / planning board to make sure we have the land & capital we need, with developers paying their fair share; we must build anticipating growth, gathering and sharing detailed data on demographics and needs. We really need to commit to smaller class sizes.
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Board of Education At Large
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Rippeon, Brandon Orman
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
10319 Westlake Drive
Bethesda MD 20817
(301) 977-6070
brandononboard@gmail.com
Yes
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School construction should be a top County infrastructure priority. New development projects like Crown Farm and Clarksburg, etc. must include real money for new school construction, and where appropriate a new public library.
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I believe the entire MCPS system needs reform, I would support trying new ideas to school construction and support incentives to drive State/local collaboration.
Montgomery County is an equitable community, with uncommonly kind and generous taxpayers and homeowners. The “opportunity gap” and "achievement gap" exist because some Montgomery County parents are not doing the things needed to ensure their own child is academically and socio-economically successfu
I think MCPS communicates well with students and families. I support the continuation of current MCPS outreach programs.
One of Montgomery County’s greatest strengths is its diversity. I look forward to equally serving all its residents. I believe all schools deserve to be respected and valued.
I support using best practices and the highest standards when it comes to safety, health, and wellness. I am concerned about WiFi exposure and I do not support cell phone towers being placed on school property.
Health and Nutrition should absolutely be better integrated into MCPS curricula. For a County which boasts of its high level of sophistication and progressive values I am disappointed in MCPS when it comes to this issue. I am not satisfied with the quality and health of the food MCPS serves. I do no
Mental health is a topic which has been overlooked for many years. It is heartbreaking to see the recent suicides of MCPS students. Mental health is a top priority for me if elected to the BOE. I believe students have become too attached to, and dependent on social media. I would like to see student
MCPS school staff and the Police have a good relationship and cooperate well. In recent years MCPS has lowered its standards when it comes to disciplinary action. I disagree with this decision. It is unfortunate we are having to discuss spending more of our scarce resources on more school security.
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New development projects approved by the County government must include a collateralized and guaranteed commitment from the developers to make proper investments in school capacity.
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Board of Education At Large
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Robertson, John A.
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/16/2018
12865 Murphy Grove Ter
Clarksburg MD 20871
johnrobertsoncampaign@gmail.com
@robertson4BOE
Instagram@Robertson4BOE
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Board of Education At Large
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Silvestre, Karla
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
1615 N. Springwood Dr
Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 587-2752
karlasilvestre2018@gmail.com
Yes
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I understand the need to maintain our county's bond rating. Many people move to the county because of our great school system. MCPS is an asset to this county and state and should be at the top of the CIP priorities. We must also get our fair share of funding from the State for school construction.
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I support innovative approaches for school construction as long as they result in high quality buildings for school and community use as we have here in Montgomery County. I would welcome procedural flexibility as well. We must look for innovation to solve our Capital Improvement challenges.
We need to recruit and retain great teachers and staff and provide them with the training and support so that they may: 1)provide instruction at the level that the student needs, 2) challenge and inspire students, 3) be aware of their bias, and 4) address the complex needs of various populations.
MCPS should greatly increase communication with students and families through all means possible. They should also be more proactive about communicating on decisions that affect the whole system as well as school communities. They should constantly survey and test what is working and what is not.
Positive school climate must be established and reinforced at every opportunity. Peer-to-peer initiatives must be supported to engage the school community in kindness and inclusion. Staff should be more accessible should a student need to report an incident or seek help.
It is critical that we have accountability in the implementation of policy to ensure that the policy is achieving its desired outcome. Annual updates on new policies is one way to accomplish this. This ensures that progress in being made in areas such as those mentioned here.
Eating healthy foods from a young age will benefit children for the rest of their lives. This could be better integrated into the classroom beyond health class and be put into practice in the lunch room. A more informed student will choose healthier options thereby impacting current MCPS practices.
All schools need more counselors so that they can address mental health. More partnerships can be established with nonprofit organizations to provide this service like at Wellness Centers but more capacity is needed there. Parents need more information on how to get help for their children.
I think that we have been given a wake up call with the recent school shootings. MCPS and MCPD need to better coordinate mass shooter training and evaluate the effectiveness of existing practices. The best candidates will become SROs if they feel they will be supported and effective in their job.
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I am committed to ensuring that capacity keeps pace with growth. Beyond working with County Council and the State delegation to get the resources needed, we need to be involved in our county's planning processes and use some signature programs to attract students to schools that have capacity.
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Board of Education At Large
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Sugg, Stephen
Non-Partisan
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
305 Bradley Ave
Rockville MD 20851
(202) 957-4813
stsugg@email.wm.edu
www.suggformoco.com
Yes
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The move is troubling. School facilities must be a top priority; officials and the public need to recognize great schools as vital to MOCO's economic MCPS receiving its fair share of state capital needs funding is something that the Board ought to fight harder for in Annapolis.
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I am open to new and creative ways of addressing school construction. However, any incentives and flexibility ought not substitute for adequate core funding for school construction. Too often, I've seen politicians tout tweaks while gutting the core funding needed for long-term results.
-MCPS lags (greatly) in prioritizing physical activity, play, nutritious foods, and related measures that impact learning-readiness and make children healthier and more resilient. Especially low-income children. Addressing such will impact instruction--as I've seen in great schools.
I have devoted much of my career to empowering low-income families. The key is listening--unfiltered, and on their terrain. MCPS doing this more would lift.
I suggest lifting student voices and fostering their leadership toward all feeling safe, respected, and valued. After the recent tragedy in FL, students there showed us that they can lead now--quite effectively. MCPS students I've met are bright, kind, and represent all walks of life. Empower them.
MCPS should use regulations and all other means to remedy its dearth of health & wellness promotion (e.g. increasing PE, recess, play, and addressing fast-food-like menu options in cafeterias). This would also aid mental wellness efforts; there is a link b/w physical activity and mental wellness.
Yes! I have written extensively about a MD school (non MCPS) that leads the nation in this area. School gardens=a start. But more instruction across the curriculum ought to be delivered outdoors & in the community. Truly prioritizing health would require healthier lunch & breakfast choices.
Sustained funding for mental health services & counseling is worth fighting for. Also, increased focus on social-emotional learning & increased physical activity will contribute to student mental health. But adequate professional services are essential.
I've seen good examples of cooperation b/w MCPS and law enforcement, but I am open to additional opinions In researching SRO best practices, specialized training is important. I would solicit ideas from top-performing SROs for ideas re: recruiting additional high-quality SROs.
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Large class sizes harm teacher-student relationships and impact hard-to-measure (yet important) elements of education. Addressing such requires political will; it is a priority for me. Ensuring capacity requires holding officials in Annapolis & Rockville accountable. No excuses.
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County Council At Large
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Albornoz, Gabe
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/12/2017
9810 Summit Avenue
Kensington MD 20895
(301) 651-1054
gabe.albornoz@gabeforcouncil.com
GabeForCouncil.com
@Gabe4Council
@Gabe4Council
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I support making pre-K accessible to all Montgomery County families. I have endorsed Montgomery County Moving Forwards Early Education and Child Care call to Action. Affordability is an issue. I would support a plan which 1) phases in pre-K beginning with Title One schools and expanding each year; 2
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Because the school construction budget is the top priority for the County, even with reduced bond funding, money for school construction is higher than prior years - the current CIP increases Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) construction funding by $7.5 million. This amount represents an incr
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I think some of these ideas may be worth exploring, however we need to proceed with caution. Relaxing some of the construction practices, such as recommended by the Commission, would mean reducing costs and speed up construction, but also reduce the quality and longevity of school facilities
The responsibility of the County Council is to ensure that the school system has the funding to carry out its mission. I will consider the school budget from this perspective as well as from my conviction that an excellent school system is one of our most useful economic development tools. A good sc
I believe that MCPS should enhance efforts to reach underserved, minority and non-English speakers. This could be a joint effort with the County’s Office of Community Partnerships (OCP), which includes the Faith Based Advisory Group. OCP has a robust outreach network that brings many voices to the t
I don’t believe a council member should micromanage the schools, however as a community leader I will vigorously defend these ideals using every tool available to me. In work as Recreation Dept Director, I insisted upon an agency that respected and accommodated every person we served. I made program
I again, I don’t believe a councilmenber should do the work of a Board of Ed member, however, one role of the Council is to serve as the County’s state-mandated Board of Health. In that capacity, I will insist that all elements of our community are healthy and safe. I will support the school health
Health and Nutrition education and practice should ideally be integrated in every part of a child’s life, including school. I believe MCPS is making good progress in this area. I wish there were more opportunities in the school day for fitness and specific health and mental health education to be ex
I began my career working with at risk teens. I am well aware of the mental health risks they face. I will be a strong advocate to expand mental health in the schools through Linkages to Learning and other partnerships with no profits. I particularly support elementary school intervention which coul
I feel that cooperation between MCPS and police is very high, and school security is strong. Because of the growing concern over incidents such as the recent school shootings and the threat of gang violence, making our school security even stronger should be a high priority. I believe that our polic
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Funding for MCPS is my highest priority and I am committed to ensuring that we provide schools the funding it needs for both its capital and operating needs. We also have to ensure through our planning process that we do not overburden our schools.
Yes, I believe that future development should provide the appropriate school capacity and not overburden our current classrooms.
Yes
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Amatetti, EdRepublican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 03/01/2017
12355 Quince Valley Dr
Gaithersburg MD 20878
(301) 926-6336
eamatetti@comcast.net
www.edamatetti.com
Ed Amatetti 4 County Council
Yes
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I strongly support early childhood education. One way to maximize access to all families quickly is to contract with private enterprises already engaged in early education.
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The recommendation to reduce CIP 11% was necessary given our exploding debt levels and revenue shortfalls. The only way to satisfy future capital improvement needs is by taking steps to expand our economy and commerical tax base, and control costs -- not to pretend we have money we don't have.
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Our construction and maintenance backlog is appalling. I am in favor of new approaches including: design and site flexibiity; relaxing prevailing wages and environmental mandates that increase costs upwards of 30% (OLO '17 report);
School districts across the country are making enormous progress in this regard.Like them, I would promote public charter schools and school choice to increase access to high performing programs, quickly reduce the achievement gap, get schools built, and promote innovation.
#1) Training teachers (and giving them the time) to increase interaction with parents and students in order to improve academic performance; and #2) improve communication and interdictions in the areas of mental health (especially depression), drugs,, and family-related issues that may arise.
As a teacher in minority-majority schools, I always fostered a positive climate of respect and generosity toward others, and would be committed to this as Council member.
In the areas of physical and mental health, and digital safety continued discussions among MCPS and experts is the best approach versus hard-fast regulations. For WiFi, I am against cell towers on or adjacent to school property.
MCPS has been effectively integrating health and nutrition in curriculum for years. I did it as a science teacher. We should endeavor to provide healthy food choices to students and encourage better nutrition.
This is a high priority for me and a critical area for adolescents and teens. It needs to be addressed by encouraging better choices with respect to sex, drugs and friendships, addressing bullying and discipline, and through counseling and communication between school staff and students/families.
This will be a high priority area. I do not believe Montgomery County is doing nearly enough to promote safety in schools. I will seek a review to find disconnects. Although not an expert, I believe good compensation and providing the tools to create a safe environment will support recruitment.
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School capacity has not kept up with enrollment nine of the last 10 years, increasing class sizes and the number of portables. I will work to reduce school construction costs and end the county's economic underperformance so we can again afford to meet capacity needs
The Council was right to require developmen plans to consider the impact on schools capacity. Looking the the future, we have to revist our assumptions on the amount of land a school needs, amount of non classroom space in schools, and the per square foot and per pupil cost of school construction.
We need to do much more to ensure adequate school facilities going forward. I will be interested in considering many options including: lower cost school construction, reducing the amount of land for some schools, converting existing buildings as schools, and financing from developers.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Arkoian, Rosemary O.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 12/19/2017
20816 Bell Bluff Road
Gaithersburg MD 20879
(301) 926-5008
rarkoian@hotmail.com
www. rosemary4council.com
Yes
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Yes, I do support this. Funding will be a challenge & very expensive. I'd look into Public/Private Partnerships. I think this should be a State issue,not a County issue.
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Yes, I'm concerned about the County's debt. We need more money from the State. The money from gambling/casinos should go directly towards Education, as promised.
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Yes, I believe the State needs to provide more funds for all schools. I'd support incentives to drive state/local collaboration.
We need to hire CARING, INTELLIGENT teachers to help ALL students to reach their full potential. We also need smaller class sizes.
MCPS should have free English classes for immigrant parents, so they could help their children with homework and volunteer in their schools.
I firmly believe that all students need to be treated equally & I have NO tolerance for bullying.
There needs to be regulations to protect students from physical & mental health problems. Also,students need to be taught safety on all social media.
Yes, whenever possible, health & nutrition education should be introduced into the curricula. MCPS' Food & Nutrition Div. should collaborate with teachers.
I feel mental health issues are on the rise & many students suffer from stress & anxiety. I'm committed to helping them.
I'm in favor of SRO's in all high schools and all middle schools. Perhaps, extra money should be offered to SRO's.
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I'm committed to trying to keep class sizes small. Perhaps, hire more aides to assist teachers.
Yes, school land should be a top public amenity in new development plans.
Yes, I'd support a dedicated fund for school land acquisition, financed in part by developers.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Balcombe, Marilyn
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/28/2017
13518 Ansel Terrace
Germantown MD 20874
marilyn@marilynbalcombe.com
www.marilynbalcombe.com
Marilyn Balcombe for County Council
Balcombe2018
Yes
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Yes, the only we are going to provide equity in education is to make early education accessible to all. Pre-K should be part of the overall funding formula, funded by State and County general fund. This is a State issue, if the State doesn’t agree, the County needs to continue to move forward.
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I understand the spending affordability guidelines impact the capital budget, but we must control the County’s debt. School construction should be a priority, however we need to balance schools, transportation and housing to ensure a strong economy to pay for our schools.
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Yes. We need flexibility, not only in funding mechanisms, but in how we approach our capacity issues. With the growth in school population, we cannot build the equivalent of one new HS every year. We need to think outside the literal box of what we consider to be the ideal ES, MS, or HS.
We need to make sure every child entering kindergarten is ready for success. Pre-K and early care and education are both critical to ensure this happens. We need incentives in place to ensure continuity of teaching staff in schools with a higher number of FARM students
We need to make sure we have community liaisons who have language and cultural proficiencies for all our students. We also need to continue working outside MCPS to build partnerships with other programs and services in the County.
I am strongly committed to every child feeling safe, welcome, and secure in our schools and in our community. Before mandating changes, I would need to know what the current programs are in place and talk with parents, teachers and students to identify the changes that need to take place to ensure
Similar to all facets of our society, we set standards and create laws to regulate appropropriate behavior.
The simple answer is yes, health and nutrition education is a great investment in raising healthy children. The complex answer would depend on what other curriculum would have to be eliminated to make room for this addition. I would support increasing the healthy standards for MCPS food service.
I am a psychologist with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. I strongly support mental health services for all our students, teachers, and staff.
I assume there is a strong relationship between MCPS and the Police Dept with mixed outcomes depending on the individuals involved. I agree need the best officers we can find in our schools. I would need to know about existing selection criteria and compensation for SROs before identifying changes.
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I think it is critical for Montgomery County to keep pace and I support increasing capacity throughout the school system. Maintaining a reasonable class size would be a priority for me.
I believe that the school impact fees that developers pay should go directly towards increased school capacity, whether that is land acquisition, new school construction, or expansion and not be diverted to other capital needs in the County.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Banach, Richard
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/31/2017
4501 Dalton Road
Chevy Chase MD 20815
(301) 706-0043
richardbanach@go.rmc.edu
https:/www.facebook.com/Banach4CC.
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Barkley, Charles
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/09/2017
21909 Boneset Way
Germantown MD 20876
(301) 540-7071
charles@charlesbarkleyforcouncil.com
www.charlesbarkleyforcouncil.com
facebook.com/CharlesBarkleyforCouncil
@CBarkleyMoCo
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Bennett, Tiquia J.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/14/2017
P.O. Box 2545
Germantown MD 20875
(240) 498-4167
StrongerFamilies208@gmail.com
@CountyCouncil.District2
Yes
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County Council At Large
N/A
Bhatnagar, Shruti
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/18/2017
P.O.Box 722
Silver Spring MD 20918
(301) 949-1672
shruti4mococouncil@gmail.com
https://www.shrutibhatnagar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ShrutiBhatnagar4MoCo/
@ShrutiForMoco
https://instagram.com/shrutiformoco
Yes
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Yes. I am. This is both a County and State issue and as such the program should be funded jointly. Kirwan commission has recommended increase pre-kindergarten expansion grants and the county needs to also invest in this program.
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No. The County Council must allocate more funds for MCPS CIP needs. Work with all stakeholders to demand a fair share of state funding by ensuring the new school funding formula in 2019 works for our public schools and demand approval of Fix the Fund Act. MCPS CIP needs must be the highest priority.
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Yes. We should be open minded about new ideas or approaches that can provide more state funds for key project costs or procedural flexibility. I support Maryland 21st Century School Facilities Commission recommendations and would be willing to support incentives to drive State/local collaboration.
There is strong evidence that early childhood education and care, alongside public policy measures to improve the lives of young children, is the highest equity priority. Invest in Pre-k and ensure families have access to resources and opportunities so that every child can reach his/her potential.
Ensure MCPS workforce represents the diversity of students and families of our community. Cultural proficiency training to help teachers overcome cultural barriers and eliminating technical jargon that is difficult to understand
Fostering a climate of cultural sensitivity and tolerance so that everyone feels welcome and valued is important for the social and emotional well-being of students. They are more likely to perform better, reach their potential and make a positive contribution if there is no fear of being judged.
Regulations should be based on supporting student well being and success. They should be used to educate and promote necessary standards of physical fitness, mental wellness and cyber safety. As a former MCCPTA board member, I have led initiatives and community conversations on these topics.
Yes. Studies show that garden-based learning has a positive impact on learning; it improves students’ attitude toward school and bridges language and cross-cultural barriers. Practices & policies should be evaluated regularly to adapt positive changes & support student well being, learning &success
I serve on the commission of Montgomery county children and youth and as the ambassador for Asian American Mental Health working on Mental health as a priority. I am committed to making sure that there are adequate resources to support community based mental health and counseling services accessible
My perception of cooperation between MCPS and the Montgomery County Police Department to advance school security is positive. Every HS is supposed to have SRO's. Incentives - free training so officers can hone skills they already have or develop new skills that can make them more effective SRO’s.
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I am committed to supporting the most critical needs of our students and schools . I will work closely with all stakeholders to advocate for state funding to meet CIP needs and resources needed to keep class sizes remain small. As a former MCCPTA board member I have that experience.
Yes
Yes. All stakeholders must work together and be committed to supporting the Capital improvement needs of our schools. I would encourage land developers to invest in schools.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Branson, Cherri L.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/20/2017
9206 Whitney St
Silver Spring MD 20901
(301) 500-9549
cherribranson@hotmail.com
Branson4council.com
facebook.com/branson4council
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Brooks, Brandy H. M.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 07/14/2017
P.O.Box 1976
Silver Spring MD 209151976
(301) 244-8845
brandy@brandy4moco.com
www.brandy4moco.com
facebook.com/brandy4moco
twitter.com/brandy4moco
instagram.com/brandy4moco
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Carozza-Caviness, Craig
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/23/2018
7710 Heritage Farm Dr
Montgomery Village MD 20886
(240) 425-3441
info.ccc4moco@gmail.com
www.ccc4moco.com
www.ccc4mocofb.com
@ccc4moco
www.instagram.com/ccc4moco
No
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County Council At Large
N/AColbert, RonDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 05/01/2017
9825 Moyer Rd
Damascus MD 20872
(301) 253-1216
ron@colbertforcouncil.com
www.colbertforcouncil.com
https://www.facebook.com/ron.colbert.587
@colbert4council
Yes
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PRE-K should be afforded to all county residents. Studies have shown that early education is very beneficial to the learning growth of students. I my opinion, the county budget if strife with fat and should be able to cover the costs coupled with an increase of funding from the trust fund
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2.1 The council just cut 55 million without much effort, if this can be done why was the money there in the first place. As I mentioned before, there is much fat in a budget, this amount could have built an elementary school!! This is where I would start. We could start with looking at the budget
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Innovation is not only needed for maintenance and new construction but also in the classroom. By attempting to work with partners in funding, this would release some of the burden on the state and local school systems. Some schools have already had assistance in funding things cost of athletic
Perhaps instead of pushing teachers to just teach obtain a high-test score, we teach a sound education for all. We have “magnet” schools to reach our high achieving students but then do not spend enough time on others to bring them up to standards. Every child at every level deserves the best
Coupled with the PTA, they could reach out in multiple languages. Have volunteer interpreters present for PTA meetings and get that word out. When I was PTA president and vice president when my kids were in school we offered this. We had a sign language and Spanish interpreters at every meeting and
Ignorance of others culture is the worst that can happen. Educate students to all cultures and hate will reduce. Hate is a learned thing, we are not born with this. Over the years students are influenced by their lack of knowledge and fear of the unknown. The high school I worked at offer a after sc
Education, Education, Education! This one for our adults in how and what to look for. There must be policies in place on how to handle this for the safety of all. Have law enforcement and or technology experts address the student body starting in elementary school on the dangers of misuse if digital
To a point this could be integrated. Parents’ play a pivotal role in this but help bolster this schools could assist by teaching. One would think if this is being taught in classrooms, the policies would have to adhere to the teaching and therefore could impact practice and policies.
Mental health is critical component to society in general. We must assure there enough trained counselors in our school to address this issue.
Police are doing the best they can with the resources they have had hand. Possibly work more closely with the schools to allow them to interview selected officers being placed in the schools to assure they will be a good match. We need to have a good relationship with students to gain their trust.
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We must find innovative ways to fund new building and then redirect funding slated for the building to staffing required levels.
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County Council At Large
N/AConway, BillDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/04/2017
P.O.Box 59051
Potomac MD 208599051
(301) 983-9159
bill@billconwayforcouncil.com
www.billconwayforcouncil.com
www.facebook.com/billconwayforcouncil/
@_billconwayYes
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Yes, though it will be expensive. It should be funded through tax incentives and subsidies given the existing array of private providers. Early childhood education is both a County and State Issue.
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Yes. Loss of our AAA bond rating would cost us more in the long run. Prioritizing school construction funding in the County budge does not necessarily mean cuts to other departments. The County’s revenues increase each year, and other expenditures can be kept flat.
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Yes. I am interested in any solutions to bring down the cost of construction through collaboration with the State. I have difficulty imagining why policy makers might oppose such efforts unless there are undisclosed downsides.
I have supported the practice of basing attractive magnet programs in challenged schools and communities. In addition, I support housing policies that will foster mixed income neighborhoods and thereby address de facto segregation in our schools.
Where possible MCPS should secure administrators or other staff who have some proficiency in a highly-spoken language for the school’s catchment area, and/or who have some familiarity with the culture(s) of the area.
Creating a school environment where a child feels secure is fundamental to that child’s ability to learn— not unlike food security or housing security. School leadership must establish the culture and set the tone for each school’s community in cooperation with parents and teachers.
A regulation on its face may not be unreasonable, but the sum total of regulation (which bureaucracies tend to forget) can be positively harmful. However, the more a regulation has a direct bearing on assuring health and safety the more there should be a presumption in its favor.
Health and nutrition education has to be part of MCPS curricula because, among other things, it relates to the preservation of each student’s own life. The message that students take from health and nutrition education is undermined if the Food and Nutrition Division provides unhealthy food choices.
Providing appropriate levels of mental health and counseling services to MCPS students is essential.Estimates are that between 12% -20% of students nationwide have mental disorders ranging from mild to serious. However, the numbers of students needing counseling services is much larger.
My perception is that cooperation between law enforcement and MCPS is good. However, school security is not the same as general policing. I am in favor of SROs receiving the training provided by the National Association of School Resource Officers.
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I am committed to increasing MCPS funding at the County level for a host of purposes including school construction. However, we also need a more equitable share of state construction dollars. In that respect our state delegation has fallen down on the job.
Yes. The failure to provide appropriate staging for development serves no one’s interests in the long run. The two most important categories of staging are school capital investment (including need for new schools) and road/transit improvements.
I would have to know more of the details to make this commitment. While I am committed to increasing school funding across the board over the long term, I am also cognizant of the need to preserve budgeting flexibility within the County budget in the shorter term.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Cook, BillDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 05/23/2017
6312 Marywood Rd
Bethesda MD 208172310
(612) 584-9293
wmcook@gmail.com
www.cookinthecouncil.com
www.facebook.com/cookinthecouncil
No
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County Council At Large
N/ADang, HoanDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/26/2017
10720 Horde St
Silver Spring MD 20902
hoan@votedang.com
votedang.com
facebook\votedang
@votedangYes
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We absolutely need to make universal pre-k a reality in Montgomery County. Publicly funded
pre-k is available to only 25 percent of all 4-year-old children who live in the County. To fully fund
this program there should be funding from federal, state and local sources.
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I support the Spending Affordability Guidelines and I strongly oppose school construction taking
a backseat to other infrastructure priorities. Although the County Charter allows small increases
in the affordability guidelines, I will work with all stakeholders to secure long-term spending.
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I support state and local collaboration for school construction. One approach I support is the
re-purposing of unused commercial space for schools, early childhood education programs; and
distance learning. Many jurisdictions across the country have begun to use this model to great
success.
The establishment of the Equity Initiatives Unit was a good first step in achieving an equitable education for
each of our students. Equity also starts with our educators and I will support expanding opportunities for
them to acquire additional training in equitable educational practices
We must ensure communications with students and families are culturally and linguistically appropriate. MCPS started a report card night where parents with limited English proficiency are teamed up with translators to review their child’
As a former refugee and proud graduate of MCPS, I am committed to fostering a climate of
acceptance, inclusion and tolerance. To ensure students feel safe, respected and valued for who
they are, I would support programs that encourage students to be courteous to those who are
different from them
Regulations should be used to advance school standards when it is to the benefit of the
student’ s education and overall health. Regulations should also be used to promote creative
problem solving, social emotional learning and academic excellence among our students
I would like to see health and nutrition integrated not only in the classroom, but with the families
of students as well. I would like to see additional outreach to families including providing menus
and nutritional information in other languages for our diverse community
It is imperative to provide adequate mental health and counseling services to MCPS students. Additionally, with an increasingly diverse student population, we must also ensure that access to these services are culturally and linguistical
I believe MCPS and the MCPD are cooperating to ensure school security while maintaining an
open and welcoming learning environment. To recruit the best talent for Security Resource
Officers we need to ensure the pay is competitive, and SRO’ s are recruited to rotate among the
local school district.
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Properly funding for MCPS is key to ensure capacity keeps pace with growth and I will commit to work with
all stakeholders involved to accomplish that. I will also keep development in check to ensure it does not
outpace the public infrastructure to support it and developers pay their fair share
Yes, our student population is growing every year and we must be forward thinking when making development decisions to ensure land capacity for our schools. I also want the planning staff to study the reuse of vacant commercial space for schools, early childhood education and distance learning.
Yes, I would support a dedicated fund for school land acquisition and would study the impacts of a funding source that could be partially financed by land developers
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County Council At Large
N/ADyer, RobertRepublican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
5608 Albia Road
Bethesda MD 20816
robert1999@hotmail.com
www.RobertDyer.net
facebook.com/ElectRobertDyer
Yes
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I've been a proponent of universal Pre-K for many years. Funding is going to be a huge challenge, given the current budget situation. I want to go to Zero Based Budgeting, so we can start funneling money to our true priorities like Pre-K & school construction.
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School construction is equal to transportation and public safety as a funding priority. We have to change our process to tie development approvals directly to infrastructure capacity. I wouldn't have supported the move b/c if I'd been on Council, we wouldn't have been in this mess!
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Partnership w/the state is key. It would help to have a Republican councilmember who can have a more productive relationship with Gov. Hogan for us, should he be reelected. Again, the private sector profitting from the growth needs to help us out here.
Good schools in every neighborhood. Hans Riemer claims that blacks & Latinos only excel when surrounded by rich, white students. Jaime Escalante proved that bunk theory wrong 30 years ago. We need perfomance-based compensation for MCPS leaders.
One priority should be in the other direction - more listening to, and ACTING on, parents' concerns. For many, language is a barrier. I want to get after-hours tutoring programs into apartment buildings in Latino areas, in a holistic approach to affordable housing solutions.
Every person in MCPS should feel safe and valued. Period. Safety is a weakness at MCPS. The Council ignored devastating state audit exposing major cybersecurity holes at MCPS. I won't - in fact, I wrote my own analysis of the audit, and will act. Background checks & gang infiltration are weak areas.
More hours per week of exercise are needed. MCPS wireless device policy is out-of-control, trying to go over parents' heads - we don't need Jack Smith to be the "cool dad." Tie reforms to funding for non-classroom spending to get results.
Yes, in regards to physical edu. For nutrition, focus on getting the most useful information in the time we're spending now, rather than take away from STEM or arts. Need more input from students on Food Division offerings.
We need to address mental health in every respect as a county. It's a crisis. I want to partner with the state, top mental health researchers, and the private sector to build a new psychiatric facility. We have a shortage of beds right now. Extend research from there to counseling in schools.
I was ahead of the Council in supporting SROs; they cut funds, remember? SROs are doing a great job (i.e. Clarksburg gun incident) & we need one in every school. Compensation should be the same generous package we have for County officers on the beat. Get peer input on officers for best fit.
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We may well have to "pull up the ladders" in areas where we are maxed-out on development. Infinite growth is a fantasy the Council believes is real. Hard-and-fast tie growth to infrastructure. I totally disagree w/idea of "super-size" schools being
Absolutely. It should have been at Westbard. Council blew it. Remember, next Council votes on Germantown, Aspen Hill, Gburg E. sector plans - do you want Riemer + 3 "new" clones of this Council voting? Or me, who'll take hard line against overdevelopment near neighborhoods w/crowded schools?
Absolutely, but developers should be donating the land in many cases, not at taxpayer expense unless they are going to split the profits with us. More developer skin in the game is a must.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Falcinelli, Tom R. Jr.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
110 N. Washington St. # 205
Rockville MD 20850
(301) 279-2412
aifadirector@aol.com
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Ferleman, Tom
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/28/2017
21100 Kaul Ln
Germantown MD 20876
(240) 686-5819
thomas@ferleman.com
https://ferleman.com
http://www.facebook.com/tomferleman/
https://twitter.com/tom_ferleman
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ferleman/
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Fiotes, Chris P. Jr.
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/22/2018
12300 Turley Dr
Gaithersburg MD 20878
(301) 948-3797
chrisfiotes18@comcast.net
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Forde, Lorna Phillips
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/09/2017
P.O.Box 1375
Olney MD 20832
(240) 801-6341
info@lornaphillipsforde.com
http://www.LornaPhillipsForde.com
@LornaPhillipsForde4mccouncil
Forde4Mccouncil
Instagram Forde4mccouncil
Yes
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Yes, I support making early childhood education accessible to all Mongomery County residents.
I portion of the county's tax should be earmarked to help improve schools, curriculum, programs,
and increase teachers salaries. I believe the issue lies with both the state and county.
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No, I do not support a movement that is subject to lowering affordability guideline that will cause
harm to MCPS capital project possibilities. A percentage of the state's income from the lottery
and casinos should be reserved for MCPS's growing captial improvement needs. Absolutely not!
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Yes, I would support new ideas and approaches to school construction and
promote ideas to drive State and local collaboraton for such opportunities.
I woulld create quality programs that address and meet the needs of our very
diverse student population
Ensuring that all parents and students have all the information, in complete detail, and in a timley manner.
4.2 STANDARDS. How should regulations be used to advance school standards in areas ranging
from physical and mental health & wellness to digital safety and WiFi exposure?
4.2
4.3 HEALTH/NUTRITION. Should health and nutrition education be better integrated into MCPS
curricula? How might this impact
I am prepared to build a volunteer team of qualified mental health professionals
I believe the cooperation between MCPS and the Montgomery County Police Department is adequate. Salary, professional growth, work/life balance.
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Build schools that can support the increasing number of enrolled students. Hire
more teachers and teacher's aids.
Yes
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Fosselman, Pete
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/23/2018
3607 Dupont Ave
Kensington MD 20895
(301) 524-0645
pete@petefosselman.com
petefosselman.com
FriendsofPeteFosselman
@PeteforMoCo
Yes
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Yes. There is a new transportation formula that could be implemented for education costs. It divides the total cost of improvements, based on land use type, and requires payment upfront from builders. Also receive some funding if sponsored by private organizations in exchange for naming rights.
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Yes, we were in jeopardy of losing our AAA Bond Rating. Paying $375M annually in interest alone. I do not support having the difference made up on the backs of the schools. Our State Delegation must fight harder in Annpolis for our fair share of dollars and County must help them lobby.
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Yes, as noted in Question 1.3.
I support Cultural Competency which occurs when education effectively delivers services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of students. Every child has unique needs, both culturally and other hurdles as they mature.
Ensure communicating with parents in their native languages and encourage participation with parent-teacher events. Inform parents immediately of any potential issues a student may be having.
School policies should be inclusive. See Question 3.1.
Science-based regulations should be implemented to protect the physical and mental health and
wellness of those in a school building. As a Council Member, I would offer support to the BOE and Superintendent if requested.
Yes. Rise in childhood obesity and diagnosis of diabetes. Not all students have parents present to prepare their meals or guide eating habits; and in some cases, afford meals. Nutritional information will help parents and kids make healthier choices.
Bullying, increase in pressures to succeed, domestic violence and unstable homes put the mental health of our students at risk. I am absolutely committed to ensuring access to mental health services for all MCPS students which would include more school psychologists and counselors.
Negative relationship. Security Resource Officers play a vital role in keeping schools safe. Their efforts are often hindered. Officers should be treated as MCPS staff and included in decision making. Flexible schedules and adequate benefits as well.
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As noted in Question 1.3, this formula should be implemented for school funding in lieu of the existing impact fees. District 1 is in dire need of adequate funding for operating expenses to hire additional teachers, psychologist, classroom technology and supplies to keep pace with growth.
Each cluster's needs should be weighed carefully and during the land use approval process, potential school sites should be identified if the need is present, or future need is perceived, in a cluster.
Yes, the cost should be shared by the developers in a master plan area as noted in Question 1.3. Process is fair and funds for construction are collected at the time of permitting; not years later when it’s too late to accommodate the growth.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Friedson, Andrew
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/05/2017
8919 Battery Pl
Bethesda MD 20814
info@andrewfriedson.com
www.andrewfriedson.com
facebook.com/andrewfriedson
@amfriedsonYes
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I strongly support early
childhood education expansion and Universal Pre-K. It requires both the county and state
because it’s a social justice and regional competitiveness issue. I’ve seen the challenges for at-
risk youth with 51% MCPS students not Kindergarten ready as the Collaboration Council
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School overcrowding is a top concern for D1 voters and will be a top priority for me on the Council. As a senior advisor to the BPW that oversees Maryland’s school construction program I
will push to prioritize it in the budget and advocate for more state investment. It won't take a backseat.
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The only way to meet our growing school construction needs is by prioritizing, innovating,
and growing the tax base. I support any and all efforts to maximize opportunities to leverage
state and federal dollars to meet our large needs. I’m running to provide the new ideas and
new leadership we ne
We have a legal, moral and social responsibility to ensure every child in MCPS receives high quality instruction. We need to keep class sizes down to identify challenges as they occur and
ensure that every MCPS student has access to testing and sufficient programs to meet their unique needs.
Communication is key. In every role I’ve been in, I’ve pushed for more proactive, transparent and accessible communication so public agencies could be more efficient, effective and accountable. That’s the same expectation for MCPS – both in communicating with students and with parents and families.
Cultural sensitivity and tolerance must extend beyond schools as the fabric of our community. Parents, community leaders and elected officials must set the example. I’ve focused on this in several past roles including interfaith efforts on the national board of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
Children today face new risks and we need to provide them with new protection. We can't prevent all danger but thoughtful regulations can help mitigate those risks including physical and
mental health & wellness, digital safety and WiFi exposure.
Yes, health and nutrition can and should be better integrated. Educating children on healthy
eating habits should be a lifelong effort that will help them and society. That starts with providing
healthier eating options for school breakfast and lunch. Studies show this helps narrow the achievement
My family is actively involved in mental health programming for students because we’ve seen the devastating consequences when services weren’t available when they were desperately needed. I'm as deeply committed as I always have been to providing mental health and counseling services.
Successful community policing is needed to keep our communities safe, and that begins with
building trust between young people and officers. Regrettably, our schools must be protected by
the very best school resources possible and I will ensure that we work together with MCPS &
MCPD to ensure tha
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Easing the Squeeze of school overcrowding is a top priority of mine. We must ensure that our growth is managed and that school construction is prioritized as part of the planning process. My background reviewing Maryland’s public school construction program positions make me an effective advocate.
Where land is needed for schools, it should be a priority of the developer review process to acquire through dedication.
Yes
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County Council At Large
N/A
Garcia, Loretta Jean
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/30/2017
6402 Whittier Ct
Bethesda MD 20817
(301) 229-2522
attorneygarcia@aol.com
Facebook.com/LorettaGarciaforCouncil
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Geller, Paul S.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/15/2017
P.O.Box 10336
Rockville MD 20849
(301) 969-8600
info@alohapaulgeller.com
www.alohapaulgeller.com
AlohaPaulGeller
@AlohaPaulGeller
Yes
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ECE must be made available to all residents. Must be high quality, a public/private partnership & free to those who
need it. When elected, this will be my priority. I’ve been a statewide leader in securing more MD casino revenues for
our schools. Funding it @$120M/yr needs to come mostly from stat
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MC P S m ust better spend $$$:“Refresh” projects, not tear downs/rebuilds for all schools; more bidders for
contracts,especially from outside MoCo. Need MD casino gambling $$$ for this as well. Have been leader
w/M.McKenna in securing Subdivision Staging Policy&Recordation Tax changes for CIP projec
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I testified to Knott Comm & participated in MCPS meetings abt this. Saving $$$ is good, but Knott looked @Charter
Schools w/expected 15 yr life. MCPS builds schools for 40+ yr use. Incentives are fine. MCPS needs are significant,
must build for long run & SECURE MORE OUTSIDE BIDS! Will save big $$
As MCCPTA Immediate Past President, I actively & tirelessly pursue/d equity for all our students & schools. I remain at
the fore of making sure forgotten and ignored schools have a powerful advocacy voice for their needs. Teachers need
to look like their students. & this testing madness must STOP!
Streamline communication. 2 monthly newsletters: one for families w/info about MCPS signature programs & how to
apply, key events, tips, calendar; 2nd for students. Need central branding strategy. Too many disparate promotional
pieces out there now. Simplify website. Greater utilization of MCPS-TV
Diversity is our strength. As only MCCPTA Exec Comm member to speak some Spanish, folks appreciated attempts at
Spanish, French. We must reach out & assure people ICE has no place in MCPS & bullying/gangs won’t be tolerated.
MCPS is a safe place for all. More after school programs; no cost is key.
Regs are fine for WiFi exposure. We need more Counselors & Psychologists for rest. I’ve been a leader in securing
$108M+ in Op Funds annually thx to work of me,M.McKenna,MCCPTA,MCEA,SEIU,MCAAP,BOE,County Council in
‘16&’17 to address issues from class sizes to pathways for SEIU members to teach.
Yes. Having extensively toured MCPS’s Food and Nutrition Division plant, I can assure you many good lessons about
health & nutrition can be developed from within those walls. We must continue to encourage MCPS to offer wiser
snack choices in cafeterias, possibly low cost or free vegetable sticks,…
I have been advocating for the hiring & establishment of ratios for these professionals, & tirelessly seeking funding for
them at the county & state levels for years now. And I have been doggone successful at it! Check out my work on
Facebook/Twitter @AlohaPaulGeller and at www.AlohaPaulGeller.com
MCPS & MCPD cooperation is better than ever. Their Memorandum of Understanding helps protect students,
teachers, staff, & admin. Challenges lie in recruiting & retaining SROs for some schools. SROs must want to be in these
schools. MCPD should recruit students in high school for later SRO position
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MCPS must plan better for more students. Wilson Wims ES is bursting at the seams w/1100+ students. As a Councilmember, I will work w/MCPS & interested parties to assure we have proper school capacity & infrastructure
before building new homes. We must get more casino funds from the state as well.
MoCo already considers school land as a top priority in plans partially due to the work of the Next Steps Reps, a
subgroup of M.McKenna’s CIP Committee, that I proudly served on. We successfully advocated for common sense
approaches to development that the Planning Commission & Council agreed to.
We on the Next Steps Reps got nearly all we asked for, including the enormous ask I made directly to the then Council
President for 120% of the cost of constructing each school seat…a quantum leap forward in school funding. The next
SSP revision will be 5 yrs from now. We should revisit this then.
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County Council At Large
N/AGlass, EvanDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/20/2017
119 Indian Spring Dr
Silver Spring MD 20901
evan@evanglass.com
www.EvanGlass.com
/EvanGlassForMoCo
@EvanMGlass
Yes
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I am fully committed to providing additional resources to fund early childhood services and universal preschool for all Montgomery County children. We need a new funding formula that makes pre¬kindergarten available for all incomes and adds additional resources to schools in low-income
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Building schools and maintaining our infrastructure are the most important investments our local government can make. This needs to be the top CIP priority. There is no reliable data projecting a decrease in enrollment.
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This election will bring a lot of change, which is why 1 am excited about bringing new ideas and trying new things in Rockville. 1 want to bring new approaches - like possibly creating a school construction authority that issues revenue bonds, or other innovative concepts to support our educational
It is a moral imperative that we work to close the achievement/ opportunity gap in our schools so that every child receives high quality education. Research informs us that a child’s propensity to learn is established well before he or she steps foot in a classroom, which is why must bring early chi
As for former CNN journalist, 1 know that MCPS needs to improve its communication with students and families. MCPS may be doing a good job on social media, but it needs to have more of a presence in the communities - directly sharing information in the communities and with those who are not “connect
If elected 1 would be the county’s first LGBTQ member of the Council. In this unique role, 1 am committed to ensuring that every child feels safe, respected and valued. Children need role models and champions of all stripes. 1 also offer these qualities as executive director of Gandhi Brigade Youth
We need to increase students’ level of physical education, while also increasing resources to provide more mental health & wellness care. These should be provided by MCPS and wrap around support. Social media safety is essential and building robust partnerships that will help mentor students to prev
We should improve nutritional standards in MCPS, through curricula and procurement practices. 1 would like to strengthen MCPS’ relationship with farms in the Agricultural Reserve to provide fresh food and expanded hands on educational opportunities. This would be a win for everyone in Montgomery Cou
The rise in suicides and gun violence that is ravishing our schools is in part due to the lack of mental health and counseling services (along with woefully lax gun laws). We owe it to our youth to increase funding for mental health services while strengthening connections with existing services is
As a board member of Safe Silver Spring, 1 have long advocated for the use of School Resource Officers, and have fought for funding to increase SRO levels. Labor agreements should include incentives for the best and brightest to protect our youth. School facilities also need to be modernized so that
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We need to rethink the way MCPS and the Planning Department share information. We must ensure that any growth can accommodate the increased capacity and that it is pays for that increased capacity. Smaller class sizes results in better educational opportunities for each student.
We are quickly running out of space to build new schools. I believe that school construction is critically important and should be considered a top amenity in future development plans. We need to stop thinking that the only way to build new schools is by claiming parks. There is a better way.
Yes, I am open to all new ideas that achieve my goals of reducing class size and increasing educational opportunities for all children in Montgomery County.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Gottfried, Richard
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 03/02/2017
309 Twinbrook Pkwy
Rockville MD 20851
(301) 762-5182
richgott3@verizon.net
votegottfried.com
facebook.com/votegottfried
Yes
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Yes. This is both a State and a County issue working together on this issue. This should be funded thru the Education Trust Fund. Also, depending on the results on the Kirwan Commission new formulas, Montgomery County maybe able to fund Pre-K from the new funding formulas.
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Yes. Now that the Education Trust Fund has a lockbox, MC should receive additional funding to finance MCPS's growing capital improvement needs. Also, MCPS should explore re-opening previously closed schools as well as partnering with our vacant commercial office space.
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Yes, I would advocate for these ideas. I would explore the possibility of re-opening previously closed schools as well as partnering with our vacant commercial office space.
Students are entitled to take part in all subjects and activities
1.2 Teaching and learning are planned with all pupils in mind;1.3 The curriculum develops understanding and respect for differences;1.4 During lessons all pupils participate 1.5 A variety of teaching styles and strategies is used, etc
Parent Portal, Parent Academy, Culturally diverse outreach program, Parent Engagement Center, Business partnerships to provide apprenticeships, provide districtwide STEM and provide backpacks and school supplies in need.
I agree with The State of Maryland's new legislation and funding to keep our children safe in the schools. With regard to respect and value, we need to change how we describe dress codes, lining-up criteria, modify forms, change lesson plans, include questions specific and post policies.
Regarding wellness to digital safety and WiFi exposure, we should support House Bill 1110 being proposed in Annapolis. I will continue to advocate for funding to our Department of Health and Human Services and Family Services, Inc. to provide physical and mental health to our students.
es. The food served by MCPS is a big issue for our children, as parents always complain about the food that is served at school. I remember when I went to school and had to take a nutrition class where we made peanut brittle in class. It was delicious but not so nutritious!
I will advocate to ensure continue funding for mental health and counseling services provided for MCPS students!
My perception is that the cooperation between MCPS and the Montgomery County Police Department is excellent.The State of Virginia offers a grant program for the security resource officer assignment for elementary and middle schools. Offer monetary-reward programs and work-life benefits to the SRO's
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I will advocate to obtain funding that we were promised from the Education Trust Fund to build new schools and renovate existing schools. Be creative by re-purposing our decommissioned schools and using vacant commercial space to host classrooms and/or utilize vacant classrooms at our colleges.
Instead of purchasing land on which to build new schools, I will advocate to renovate previously closed schools. We should consider buying land for future opportunities to expand our parks and recreational services.
No. I will advocate in the next Subdivision Staging Policy revision, I would focus on addressing transportation needs instead of land acquisition; in addition are the impact taxes on development a break-even proposition, and our infrastructure keeping pace with new development (Enforce the APFO)!,
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County Council
Councilmanic District 004
Graney, JayDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
4225 Sandcastle Ln.
Olney MD 20832
(301) 774-5550
jaygraney1223@gmail.com
@GraneyJayNo
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County Council At Large
N/A
Greenberger, Neil H.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/04/2017
10801 Kingstead Road
Damascus MD 20872
(301) 857-2080
ngreenberger@hotmail.com
greenbergerforcouncil.com
@Neil4Montgomery
Yes
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The most significant thing we can do to help close the disparity between some children entering the school system is to try and tighten the gap between students before entering school. Funding for early childhood education must be shared at the County and State levels. Dedicating part of the educati
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The County has many infrastructure needs—both for schools and other priorities. The County’s debt has been mounting through poor planning decisions. The best thing Montgomery County can do is to take a hard look at school (and transportation) needs before approving new development at the current, un
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To rely greatly on more state funds to make a real difference in our current needs is a great idea—but not a realistic one. Casino revenue can only be divided in so many ways. We can hope for more state money, but we need to reallocate the money we have in Montgomery and put more to our needs. We ne
Expanding early childhood education is crucial. Expanding varied curriculum throughout the County is a must. A limited number of innovative courses are finally going to be available to schools throughout the County starting next year. These will open great opportunities to more students. We should e
ALL schools must follow procedures of informing parents when special incidents of concern happen in a school. I continue to be amazed when some schools/principals do not inform parents of these things. We must expand communication in many languages to meet the County’s changing population. Better co
Having just attended the funeral of the child of close friends is a reminder that we cannot keep talking about bullying problems—we need to strongly enforce discipline against students caught in this behavior. I was very glad to see extra funds for counselors included in the FY2019 requested MCPS bu
Working with the police, school resource officers and within legal parameters, we need staff dedicated to searching web communications to seek out problems as they occur—and not afterward. Students put so much on the web, and after too many individual or large scale tragedies, we discover the eviden
The County’s summer food program must be expanded, along with its weekend backpack program throughout the school year. Unfortunately, we cannot depend on some parents to address the priority of their families: feeding their children. This is an area where pursuing private-public partnerships could h
MCPS has been greatly understaffed with counselors over the years as 16 years of superintendents cared more about increasing test scores than they did about the all-around health of students. We must add additional counselors every year. We need to return to learning centers that were closed. They w
Eventually, I would like to see a SRO in every one of our more than 225 schools—not just for emergencies, but to establish long-time programs of trust between young people and police officers. Police have been very careful in choosing SROs with the right personalities. Not all have worked out, but I
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Realistic development plans is the key. We cannot continue to approve development plans unless adequate school capacity, roads, transit and parking spaces are in place. I will not vote for a development plan that has all of these things. We cannot catch up by continually adding. County budgets fundi
Approval of development plans, and changes in master plans, are the No. 1 long-range issue facing Montgomery County. The County Councils of the past 15 years have continually approved development plans without realistic adequate facilities--such as school capacity. I will not vote for future plans t
We have adequate requirements in place, such as the school impact tax. However, the County Council has had staff maneuver around the requirements for the intent to approve development plans and hide
the school capacity needs. If the requirements in place would stop development, we should abide by t
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County Council At Large
N/AGrimes, SethDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/17/2017
7300 Willow Ave
Takoma Park MD 20912
(301) 873-8225
seth@sethgrimes.org
http://sethgrimes.org
http://facebook.com/Seth4MC
http://twitter.com/Seth4MC
Yes
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Early child care and education is one of my highest priorities. I see this as a joint public-nonprofit-business concern -- I have folowed Montgomery Moving Forward's work -- and would consider new funding sources including state funding advocacy.
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Developers can and should fund infrastructure creation -- including schools -- associated with their projects. I would eliminate impact fee exemptions including in Silver Spring's former enterprise zone. I do not oppose additional bonding. School construction should not take a back seat.
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New ideas and approaches to school construction are welcome, including reducing the acreage footprint in order to lower costs and add location options and changes that would address construction costs.
Expanding early child care and education quality and availability is one of my highest priorities and key to ensuring that a an achievement gap never opens. But given that gap, after-school and summer enrichment programs, ESL, and attention to special needs will help us help all students.
I applaud Montgomery County Public Schools’ Equity Initiatives Unit, aiming for awareness, knowledge, and understanding of one’s own and students’ and staff’s racial and cultural identity. Let’s extend this framework to gender and sexuality and let’s apply it broadly to county government.
I am an advisor to Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, and as a City of Takoma Park councilmember, I passed legislation banning harmful lawncare pesticides and polystyrene food serviceware products. I have a proven record addressing health & wellness needs.
As an advisor to Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, I work toward school health and nutrition including internal practices and curriculum inclusion.
I am committed to ensuring adequate mental health and counseling services. I have special experience here as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Social Services and am committed, in one special area, to addressing youth homelessness in Montgomery County.
I cofounded and was president of Safe Takoma, a community public-safety initiative that won funding for and delivered youth programs including peer mediation, coming-of-age, and restorative justice initiatives, in cooperation with school and police authorities. I believe in collaborative approaches.
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I commit to adding school capacity to catch up with unmet need, relieving overcrowding, with exploration of planning-process changes to keep pace with growth.
Developer provision of land for new schools is a worthwhile top amenity in optional-method development applications.
I would consider a dedicated fund for school land acquisition.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Gutierrez, Ana Sol
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/18/2017
3317 Turner Lane
Chevy Chase MD 20815
(301) 718-0707
asolgut2@gmail.com
www.anaforcouncil.com
facebook.com/asolgut
@asolgYes
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ABSOLUTELY. State funding should provide 75 to 80% of early childhood increased funding. Acoording to Kirwan Commission recommendations, greatly increased state funding for education will be trageted to early childhood education. I support the rest of the funding to be provided by County funds.
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I believe that SA guidelines should be respected and reviewed annualy. However, they provide a good guideline for indebtness limits. I don't agree that they should be lowered arbitrarily; must meet clear demands for school construction as a top priority.
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Yes, I support greater coverage of construction cost and procedural flexiblity. I support greater State/local collaboration as long as LOCAL Control and investment priorities choices are respected. I oppose State ranking of priorities.
Indicators of equity must include: access to experienced, quality teachers; rigorous programming and curriculum; appropriate assessments that drive instruction; maximum linguistic and culturally appropraite instruction; data driven instructional flexibility; continuous assessment of achievement gaps
LANGUAGE and culturally-appropriate communications at family friendly locations and times
Totally committed to improving climate with greater cultural and linguistic sensitivity and competence. Each school must be the SAFE place that students thrive in. Must have consistent and effective policies and practices that are transparent and evidenced in EVERY school
Regulations must be the result of a transparent, inclusive preparation and review process that includes not only MCPS staff, but parents, students, and community leaders.
Yes, health and nutrition education now extends beyond the school walls as more families, health experts, and overall communities practices actively contribute to a students awareness of the importance of good nutrition and health habits.
Must significantly increase the availability and quality of services and resources.
I strongly believe that current school security practices must be reviewed for effectivenes and disparate treament of students based on racial and ethnic biases. Must require training in conflict resolution and understanding of racial/etnic cultural / linguistic differences. provide better oversight
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My TOP priority will be to ensure stable and sufficinet school funding to
Yes--absolutely. Planing to meet capacity needs for each of our schools, not just at the c"average", luster level, is a urgent priorit
Yes, absolutely. I would propose that development cover a greater share of infrastructure costs
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County Council
Councilmanic District 005
Harris, KevinDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/22/2018
10306 Edgewwod Ave
Silver Spring MD 20901
(301) 539-9824
kevin@kevinharrisforcouncil.org
www.kevinharrisforcouncil.org
Yes
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Yes, Universal Pre-K is critical for children and their families. Helping to ensure our children are as prepared as they can be for kindergarten, an easing the onerous burden of childcare costs on families. I believe we need to fund Pre-K through a combination of Federal, State and County resource
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I do not support the reduction in General Obligation bonds. Our schools face growing enrollment that put increased pressure on our aging infrastructure. Failure to meet these capitol needs will negatively impact the great schools we expect and our children deserve.
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I’d be willing to explore any opportunity to bring much needed funds to address the capital needs of our schools. This is a question of will and priority. If we can find $5 Billion to lure Amazon to our County, we can find monies to ensure our children don’t go to substandard schools.
Expand ESOL teachers, reading specialists, counselors to help all succeed. Reduce class size so that teachers have the ability to work with individual students to provide them with the instruction geared to them. Implement recommendations of the Metis report so that more of our students who would be
Ensure that communications from our schools are culturally competent. Encourage local school leaders to have open-door policies and office hours so that parents have more opportunity to interact with them. Set up parent conferences with teachers more than just once a year so there are structured com
We need to take a more pro-active approach that starts with having a diverse and culturally competent staff. Our curriculum needs to ensure that children are reading and writing about the lives and achievements of all kinds of people. I also think our schools should expand efforts at utilizing resto
I believe data driven research adjusted for the age of school populations should drive regulations that advance standards in our schools. Research should be combined with community outreach and conversation to set reasonable standards for our schools.
Health and nutrition have an important place in our schools. Creating wellness councils in schools is an important step to integrate best practices within our schools. Looking for opportunities within the curricula to introduce health and nutrition topics should be an important priority.
Early intervention thorough identification and counseling and where necessary referral is important. To do that effectively our schools need adequate numbers of counselors and need to provide the training to all teachers, administrators and paraprofessiona
There seems to be high levels of cooperation between MCPS and the MCPD at the High School Level with assigned Security Resource Officers. Getting the best officers for SRO assignments will require a combination of incentives as well as some freedom an
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I think we need to go to any lengths possible to face the challenge of our growing school age population with more resources and innovation to keep class sizes as small as possible to ensure we maintain our high quality school system
I support the recent changes., but allowing development without thought to new school construction is short sighted. It creates a vicious cycle of development exacerbating overcrowding in our schools, leading to declines in school quality that decreases home and development values. Schools should be
I believe developers are not paying their fair share. In fact enterprise zones and tax incentives are such a boon to these developers that they invest significant monies to influence elections to protect these incentives. Having land acquisitions funded by developers is one step to take to make deve
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County Council
Councilmanic District 005
Hucker, TomDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/19/2017
10 Stockton Road
Silver Spring MD 20901
(240) 481-4825
tom@tomhucker.com
www.tomhucker.com
facebook.com/friendsoftomhucker
@tomhuckerYes
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Yes, I strongly support making early childhood education accessible to all Montgomery County families. The 2017 Kirwan Commission report reached consensus that "universal prekindergarten is critical in order to give every child a good start to their education." While I think funding of this is ....
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In deciding whether to support the Spending Affordability Guidelines, I considered the future fiscal impact of supporting the recommended SAG and of increasing the SAG. I heard from many residents who were concerned that limiting the SAG would adversely affect the likelihood of addressing their capa
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Yes, I support many of the strategies suggested in the Commission's report. I am supportive of P3s under the right circumstances, and strongly support giving MCPS more flexibility to build smaller schools or on smaller sites if it will help our local school system streamline costly review processes
I strongly support equity in our school system and methods to achieve it. Obviously, I supported the controversial 2016 tax increase after we struck the historic agreement with the BOE and the Superintendent that they would invest the additional revenue in hiring new teachers and staff specifically
MCPS must make changes to improve communication with students and families. One example where its practices have not lived up to expectations was the recent changes at Rolling Terrace Elementary School. These changes were abruptly announced without any program-specific public comment period or ...
Montgomery County has distinguished itself for decades as a community where people fleeing war, discrimination or violence — or just seeking a better life — can feel safe and build a family. By doing so, we have built the third-most racially and ethnically diverse community in America.

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Regulations play a vital role in setting acceptable minimum standards for safety, health and other issues. I have voted to create or toughen standards on several issues within the jurisdiction of the state or county government. I have also advocated for the Board of Education to enact or strengthen
Yes, despite its constrained budget MCPS needs to strive to fully practice what it preaches with respect to student nutrition. We already have made changes to school vending machines to ensure that their offerings are lower in sugar and overall calories. And progress has been made on school lunches.
Since joining the Council I’ve been proud to support full funding for important existing programs in this area. I believe we need more trained clinical social workers in our schools, as DC and other systems have. I also support expanding wellness centers, day long mental health seminars and expanded
MCPS needs to do a better job of communicating and working with MCPD. I was very concerned to hear about several disturbing incidents of staff misconduct at schools in my district. These incidents reportedly happened over many years and often included notice from parents to school administrators...
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One of my priorities is to fight for funding to increase capacity and lower class sizes. These are two strategies critical to addressing the achievement gap, and to achieve equity within our school system. ​During my first term on the County Council, we provided enough new funding to allow the schoo
Yes, in my first term on the Council I have consistently considered impacts on MCPS growth from land-use decisions before us. I support any changes to consider school land as a priority public amenity. We also need to do more to work with private property owners to consider potential partnerships, .
While land acquisition is important in some areas, from what I’ve seen, I don’t think that a dedicated fund is necessary because the county has a significant inventory of properties to consider. The Council and Planning Board have been successful in recent master plans in prioritizing and identifyin
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County Council At Large
N/AJain, AshwaniDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/16/2017
1820 Brisbane Ct
Silver Spring MD 20902
(240) 801-6410
ajain@voteashwanijain.com
voteashwanijain.com
@voteashwanijain
@ashwanijainmoco
@ashwanijainmoco
Yes
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Child care costs can be astounding. We must make it easier for parents to find affordable child care. This includes assessing state run programs (ex. Working Parents Assistance Program) and making Pre-K universal. Funding from this should come from both the state and the county governments.
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Existing policies must be reevaluated to support our growing student population and allocate funds appropriately. We should explore ending the moratorium on development in overcrowded areas and dedicate additional funds from development in those clusters to school infrastructure needs.
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Yes. Schools in lower-income neighborhoods or schools with crumbling infrastructure should receive resources and opportunities equal to their needs, and these incentives for state/local collaboration will help that to occur.
A comprehensive approach includes Universal Pre-K, affordable childcare, expanding language immersion programs, and increasing resources for after-school and summer programs to prevent the “summer slide”. I also believe our schools should institutionalize cultural competency trainings.
Implement new programs, while also engaging those who use the program in the roll out process. For example, while myMCPS is more cost-effective and offers more features than Edline, teachers were not given enough time or training to adapt.
I believe we must make Montgomery County an official sanctuary county. I will also work to support the public-private partnerships established through CUAH and the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council to create safe spaces for communities of color and diverse religious backgrounds.
It is the duty of the Board of Education to set specific regulations for our school systems. That said, I will work in partnership to ensure physical and mental wellness is an integral part of a student’s social-emotional wellbeing. We must create a safe space for students to share concerns.
I will work with organizations like the Montgomery Countryside Alliance to expand the reach of its Ag Science Lab. Furthermore, I will work with organizations like Real Food for Kids to educate and communicate the importance of food choices on a student’s academic performance and physical fitness.
Students should feel empowered to hold frank conversations about mental health issues facing them. Topics for these discussions, supplemented by improved health curriculum, should include learning self-care, knowledge of risk factors, and instilling mindfulness practices in daily life.
They have proven to be effective partners - ex. students notified the SRO that a student had a gun in Clarksburg. SROs should continue to partner with security staff to ensure safety. Adding additional officers could create a school-to-prison-pipeline, ultimately harming students of color.
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The school budget should focus on maximizing use of land to build or restore school buildings in overcrowded areas and providing more support for teachers in their classrooms so that students are able to receive more one-on-one time with our educators.
Absolutely - school land should be considered whenever the county moves forward on any new development plans. Our education system is the primary reason why people move to Montgomery County. We must also consider how new development will impact our growing student population.
Yes. Land developers would have to contribute money for school land acquisition when building large developments so that they’re contributing to the community in a meaningful way, not just making profits. More housing would allow us to exp
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County Council At Large
N/AJawando, WillDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/09/2017
P.O. Box 10598
Silver Spring MD 20914
(240) 258-7632
will@willjawando.com
www.willjawando.com
www.facebook.com/willjawando
@wjawando
instagram@willjawando
Yes
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Making 0-5 child care and early childhood education both affordable and accessible is a priority. We must increase the subsidy in order to create a viable, and affordable network of trained, quality providers. We can fund by re-prioritizing county budget lines, but should be covered by state funds.
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School construction cannot be de-prioritized, as we add students at a pace to fill a new high school annually. We need new revenue and not cuts; impact fees imposed on developers, or reprogramming the existing budget to make schools a priority, are two ways to finance MCPS capital needs.
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In certain cases, yes. We should be creative in our problem-solving, but not to the detriment of our students, our taxpayers, or to the ability of MCPS to meet its obligations. Each of the Commission recommendations should be Montgomery County standards, but I am open to their review.
Put resources in the schools where they are needed, particularly "wrap around" services, such as pre- & after-school programs. Reduce class sizes & add more in-room resources. MCPS can better promote certain schools (like Springbrook HS, which has the info-tech program) as pathways to better jobs.
Find better ways to reach working and low-income families, particularly immigrant families and people of color. Be available during post-work hours.
I have been committed to tolerance and diversity my entire life. As the son of an immigrant father and a single, working mother, I know what it is to grow up both poor and black. I've worked on these goals while in the US Senate & the Obama Administration, & through my community nonprofit.
Most of these particular issues in the question are related to public and student well-being and safety. These are standards that should be determined in collaboration between MCPS, teachers and parents. Each student is an individual, and that must be recognized while setting standards.
Yes, they do need better integration, both in general and practical knowledge. I'd like to see students not just learning about better food and diet, but preparing and eating better, healthier foods. We could match MCPS and and the F&ND with our own MoCo Ag Preserve's farmers to buy local foods.
I am fully committed to not just preserving, but potentially expanding, counseling and mental health services for MCPS. We should have a counselor in every building.
It appears there is cooperation between MCPS and MCPD. But I'd like to learn more about that. I do want to make sure our SRO staff are trained for cultural awareness, and identifying potential problems before they arise, as well as current threats to school safety.
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The reality is that keeping pace with this growth will cost money, and will require flexibility and creativity. But I believe we can meet our goal having a world-class public school system in MoCo. We need to make school spending a budget priority, and consider new sources of revenue.
Schools and affordable housing should both be top of mind for examining land-use proposals, and we should require developers to partner with the county in funding new school construction, particularly in high-impact areas.
Yes.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 003
Katz, Sidney A.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/09/2017
9710 Traville Gateway Drive Suite 153
Rockville MD 20850
(240) 372-0919
sidneykatz@earthlink.net
sidneykatz.com
SidneyKatz4MC
SidneyKatz4MC
Yes
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I support making early childhood education accessible to all Montgomery County residents, and there is certainly a role for the County to play. The Council has been looking at different proposals for how we fund universal pre-K, and I am eager for the Council to move forward on a solution.
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I’m concerned about the amount of debt that Montgomery County carries, and I have been working to lower the amount of debt service that the County pays each year while maintaining and not harming MCPS capital projects. By spending less on debt, we can use those dollars for capital improvement needs.
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I strongly support incentives to drive state and local collaboration to allow for opportunities as described.
We need to be doing all we can to support students, especially those who need additional assistance. An important component of the performance gap is the lack of universal pre-K, and I support finding a way to fund universal pre-K as well as increasing our career education possibilities.
MCPS should ensure that communications are accessible in multiple languages and through multiple means - written correspondence, emails, phone calls, and on the web. Students and parents should have numerous opportunities for interaction and feedback from teachers and the administration.
It is of the utmost importance that all of our students feel welcome. There is no place for hate speech in our schools. I am proud to live in a place like Montgomery County that celebrates diversity. I am committed to working with our schools to ensure all students are respected and valued.
MCPS has a wide range of policies and regulations to address each of the areas above. These regulations should be reviewed regularly to ensure that they are current.
Yes. Quality nutrition is imperative for good health. Nutrition also impacts a student’s alertness and readiness to learn. There needs to be complete integration with food services as to the choices available so that students can have nutritional meals at school and make healthy choices.
We need to do more to serve the mental health needs of students. I am the lead on Behavior Health for the Justice System on the Public Safety Committee, and I was instrumental in bringing mental health courts to Montgomery County. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Cornerstone-Montgomery.
I believe that MCPS and the police department are working well together and having a School Resource Officer in each high school has been very successful. I attended a few hours of SRO training a few months ago and was impressed with the police officers who are directly involved in our schools.
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I have been involved in raising the tax rate only twice in my 39 years in elected office. When the Council voted to increase property taxes, I knew it was necessary to do so to reduce class sizes. As the County has faced a budget shortfall, I have been a strong advocate against significant cuts.
Yes. The failure to provide appropriate staging for development serves no one’s interests in the long run. The two most important categories of staging are school capital investment (including need for new schools) and road/transit improvements.
Yes, I would be very open to having this discussion.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Lipscomb, David V.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/09/2018
370 E. Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg MD 20877
(301) 228-0929
davidlipscomb6@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/DavidLipscombforCouncil
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 005
Malikidogo-Fludd, Kenge
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
PO Box 283
Spencerville MD 20868
(240) 686-5406
voteforkenge@gmail.com
facebook.com/voteforkenge
@voteforkenge
Yes
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I fully support early childhood programs, and feel that it should be funded through the state, and county partnerships because data shows the longterm outcomes will outweigh/
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We need innovation to fund the growing capital improvement needs. I am for working with developers and local businesses to help fund these projects through incentives that would take some of the burden …
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I would support trying new ideas as long as MCPS has strong decision making ability in the approach.
I am open to hearing measures that are mutually beneficial for students and teachers. Some measures to consider would ensuring the equitable hiring and retention of experienced and effective teachers in the differe
To increase engagement, MCPS should prioritize hiring qualifies teachers that the community feels comfortable engaging with.
Inclusion and respect is the most important aspect of fostering and maintaining safe spaces in our schools. My commitment will go toward the support of commission and another appointments of persons that are also dedicated to creating such a climate across our county.
We are in one of the most progressive districts in the United States, we need to look beyond the watered down regulations and define "safe" standards for ourselves using already conducted international, national, state and county studies.
The goals of education are to ensure our students are ready to make decisions on their own. Health and nutrition being built into the curriculum from K-12th grades would certainly impact the Food & Nutrition. It might require a change in Food & Nutrition suppliers and food options available.
I support partnerships with nonprofits and other counseling service referrals for students, and families.
Cooperation with MCPS and MCPD is a welcome idea. It needs to do more than provide security. SRO's should be required to have additional training and education that help them understand the minds of our children.
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Our growth is a result of development, and I am committed to ensuring development prioritizes the impact on our schools.
Yes they should
Absolutely.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
McGee, JimDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/16/2018
6408 Redwing Rd
Bethesda MD 20817
(443) 626-4431
jim@mcgeeforcouncil.com
Http://McGeeforCouncil
http://www.facebook.com/McgeeforCouncil/
@McGeeforCouncil
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County Council At Large
N/A
McKenna, Melissa
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/13/2017
P.O.Box 10333
Rockville MD 20849
(240) 793-1287
melissa@mckennaformoco.org
www.mckennaformoco.org
www.facebook.com/FriendsOfMelissaMcKenna
@McKenna4MoCo
Yes
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ECE needs to be a state initiative, not Montgomery Cnty alone, because Cnty cost ~$120M.Testified to Kirwan Commission 10/25/17 and Cnty Annapolis Delegation 11/17/17 on necessity
of state funding. Funding through casino gambling revenue or dedication of Fed tax return $ to
MD as new MD initiative.
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Move made to maintain AAA Bond rating. CIP needs beyond schools that must be
balanced as well as debt service. Reduce cost: 1st step is “refresh” projects rather than
rev/ex, then open bidding to get lower cost bids, also less lofty architecture and more
practical. $ from casino revenue.
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Knott Commission is suggesting sacrificing quality for speed and cheaper cost. I would not support. Allow LEAs with proven track record of quality, on-time projects leeway to IAC constraints. Flexibility allowance for LEAs to find best match for their needs. Streamline current procedures.
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Equity needs to be built into every program. In-person cultural bias training for all MCPS staff preferred over on-line “modules.” Give teachers time to have good relationships with their students. Teachers should have high expectations of all students. Small class size for greater 1:1 attention.
MCPS needs to be proactive, timely, and consistent in message communicated. Get out to communities personally rather than just “pushing” information out electronically or on paper. Reduce use of “edu-speak” and use plain language that can be better understood. ASK what people want and answer!
Reduce
Again, I support cultural competency and inherent bias training for all MCPS staff. Time is needed to form and nurture relationships between staff and students and among students themselves. Students should be supported to voice their concerns while keeping safety of all in mind, eg, walkouts.
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I believe they are already integrated. Besides health and PE classes, nutrition and healthy lifestyle are covered in science class. MCPS meals adhere to USDA standards. Strict adherence to standards sacrifices taste. May have to bend rules a little so the students will (want to) eat food provided.
I believe they are already integrated. Besides health and PE classes, nutrition and healthy
lifestyle are covered in science class. MCPS meals adhere to USDA standards. Strict
adherence to standards sacrifices taste. May have to bend rules a little so the students will (want to) eat food provided.
I continue to advocate for better counselor:student ratios in ES (most recently 1/16/18 to BOE). FY19 MCPS operating budget improves staffing by 50 students at larger ES. The mental health and wellness of our students is a necessity! More metal health counseling at HS, not just 4 career/college.
MOU is clearly written. School security and police have defined roles. School staff and students seem to have good open dialogue/relationships with SROs. MCPD is sensitive to having the right officers as SROs in schools. Needs to be good temperament and personality fit, not a $ or other incentive.
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Enrollment increase slowed this year and projected to be +~1900 students next year. School capacity is perennial problem. Portables or modules until permanent construction, as $ available. Class sizes in ES are trending down in future. Maintain operating $ to keep class size small.
Yes. Council made schools sites top public amenity in recently approved Master Plans. These also contain specific solutions for residential development than before. MCPS/Planning/Council need to cooperate. I did this work w/ Next Steps Reps & will continue search for school site/capacity solutions.
Part of last SSP revision was MCCPTA recommendation for ALAR fund for school site purchase. Open to such a fund so funded, however, in lean economic times may not be able to restrict $ that could be used for immediate CIP needs. Perhaps reuse old sites even if means smaller school size.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Meitiv, Danielle
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/01/2017
7911 Woodbury Dr
Silver Spring MD 20910
(202) 556-1166
danielle@meitiv2018.com
www.daniellemeitiv.com
www.facebook.com/danielle.meitiv
@daniellemeitiv
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Musser, Penny
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/19/2018
20900 Clarksburg Rd
Boyds MD 20841
(240) 277-1979
pennymusser79@gmail.com
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 004
Navarro, Nancy
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/29/2017
P.O. Box 10998
Silver Spring MD 20904
info@nancynavarro.org
www.nancynavarro.org
Yes
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Quality, accessible and affordable, Early Care and Education is the best possible investment we can make in a child's life. This is a Federal, State and County issue, because the biggest barrier is funding.
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Debt Service is the 3rd largest spending category in the County's budget. This is why we increased recordation taxes to add funds for school construction. Innovative school designs, boundary changes, opening closed schools, etc. will be needed.
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yes
Lower class sizes, diversify staff, expand dual language programs, mandatory cultural proficency training, additional PPWs, PCCs, counselors, Community schools, after-school programs with strong parent engagement component for low-income students, STEAM opportunities for all students, BELL prg.
MCPS is a diverse system. This is not a novelty, this is a reality. So the institution must respond to the needs of its students, through policy, training, diverse staff, and zero tolerance for those who are not able to provide an excellent education to a diverse student body.
We need more counselors, PPWs, and PCCs that can work with HHS and CBOs to provide a comprehensive mental health supports to our studnets.
SROs can be an asset to our schools. The new MOU and on-going training will go a long way in providing the best preparation and match for school assignments.
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Big challenge. We continue to fund MCPS generously, while debt service grows and sources of revenues remain flat or decrease. We must embrace an aggressive Econ. Dev. strategy, to expand our tax base, although many want to stop growth altogether. Hopefully, the State will increase their state aid.
We have made school sites the top public benefit. I am definetely open to further discussing ways to achieve this goal.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Oldak, Regina "Reggie"
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 04/26/2017
6801 Tulip Hill Terrace
Bethesda MD 20816
(240) 292-9186
Reggie@ReggieOldak.com
Yes
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Yes. Achievement differences start early; children who fall behind may never catch up. The Council should convene stakeholders like MCPS, BOE, PTAs, and other experts to consider funding needs before making decisions. I would like to see state-wide adoption of best practices but we shouldn’t wait.
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It’s imperative that we continue to fund MCPS’s growing capital improvement needs. Our good schools are critical for educating our children and for promoting economic development.
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I am inclined to support such incentives. We need innovative solutions that would increase state and local collaboration.
Teachers need more support, training, and resources. Additional personnel would be helpful in many schools. Training should aim to increase staff’s cultural competence, address the needs of students with disabilities, and capitalize on students’ backgrounds, abilities, resilience, and effort.
As a public school parent, I know how important this communication is. We need a variety of options, from email and Internet sites to backpacks, including low-tech methods, in several languages, as appropriate for each community.
A positive school climate will ensure students feel safe and free to express themselves. We should encourage diversity among our school personnel to provide role models for students. Student, staff and family participation to identify climate, security and safety concerns and solutions is critical.
It’s critically important that our schools ensure our students’ physical and mental wellness and safety. I would consider additional regulations to support these goals, but I would like to hear from diverse stakeholders before adding them.
Yes. Advancing literacy in nutrition and health will help to engage students, families, and MCPS in creating a culture of health in our schools, homes, and communities.
In all parts of the County, MCPS should devote more attention, time, and funding to issues of student mental health. More counselors and other staff are needed to provide students and their families with the support that will help them be successful in life as well as in college.
Gun violence is increasingly a threat around the country, and school safety and student security must be of the utmost priority. I commit to working with MCPS and PTAs to ensure the safety of our schools, including efforts to recruit SROs.
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Class size should be reduced. We should consider reopening schools, expanding/remodeling existing schools, building new schools, and reusing existing building stock. We should also consider adding para-educators so that students get the attention they need and teachers have time to teach.
Additional school capacity should be discussed, determined, and built before new development is approved, or, at least, occupied.
Given the importance and the complexity of the SSP, I need to learn more about this issue before making a commitment.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Ortman-Fouse, Jill
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
9419 Wire Ave
Silver Spring MD 20901
(301) 379-9339
jill@jill4allkids.com
www.jillortmanfouse.com
www.facebook.com/jillortmanfouse4moco
@jill4allmocoYes
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I support universal access to pre-k. A sliding scale can be used to determine affordablity. MD has the nation's lowest income threshold to qualify for subsidies, meaning only the poorest receive them. Pre-K has an 8 to 1 ROI. Use state funding supplemented by county and federal. Tax cannabis.
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SAGs are used to protect AAA bond rating. However, I supported increasing by 10%. Other counties like PG have not lost their rating. Property tax was supposed to be for MCPS CIP, but only about half went to schools. Return more to schools as was intended. Make better deals with developers.
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I support incentives because they offer choices. With11K students in 437 portables,& predicted growth of about 10K more over next 6 years, we must try new ways of accommodating demand, putting all options on the table: co-location, leasing space for popup magnets, modular construction, partnerships
Fund universal access to pre-k & summer programs, prof training for staff, afterschool academic support programs & MCPS budget initiatives, support affordable housing & job opportunities for disadvantaged families, provide incentives for high quality teachers to remain at higher poverty schools.
Greater outreach into communities. More town halls with students in different areas of the county. Partner with community leaders to receive feedback & insight from underrepresented communities. Central office staff go out to schools & listen to community.
I support legislation that protects our immigrant students & families in our schools & other sensitive places. I support laws & policies that protect our most vulnerable residents, including LGBTQ, from harassment. I support programs that educate about & celebrate diversity.
We must better fund mental health & other wellness supports for our families, Support healthy environments inside & outside of school, including safe play areas & fields free from environment toxins like crumb rubber. Adapt crisis center for interaction with students below 18. Share info for support
Encourage MCPS F&N to reach out to other school districts who use innovative, healthy meal design & prep. Hire chef (not just nutrition specialist), support partnerships w ag reserve for more locally grown produce & meat. Encourage meatless Mondays. Tour cafeterias to observe what kids eat.
I am on a committee with MCCPTA to hold mental health forum. I also support a Mental Health Day to encourage schoolwide education & conversations to destigmatize mental health issues & get support students need. Must provide more affordable mental health provider options for students
I think there is great cooperation between MCPS and the MCPD. A full security review is being conducted now. SROs should receive appropriate training to engage with all students, understand trauma-informed practices. Ask SROs what incentives they find as high valu
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We haven't kept pace with growth. We must plan development strategically with schools to ensure space is created BEFORE additional enrollment growth begins. Small class sizes require additional operating funds, as well as additional facility space. Only adding additions can strain core spaces
Absolutely. Our schools are the chief attraction to our county & where our future workforce & tax payers grow and learn. Communities want smaller community schools that are easily accessible. As a highly-valued amenity, partnerships should be attractive to developers.
Yes. MCPS doesn't support the fund because the backlog of need is so high (800M for 10K students over capacity, plus $790M for backlog of systemwide facility maintenance needs). However, land is becoming more scarce. Funding must be readily available to make purchases when necessary.
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Osorio, Dalbin
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/22/2017
4615 North Park Ave Apt#213
Chevy Chase MD 20815
(240) 233-4821
info@dalbinosorio.com
www.dalbinosorio.com
facebook.com/osorio2018
@DO4MoCoCouncil
Instagram:dosorio2018
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Puca, TonyDemocratic
Montgomery County
Withdrawn - 12/27/2017
Regular - 05/24/2017
15111 Jones Lane
Gaithersburg MD 208783739
(301) 990-6654
tonypuca@aol.com
www.tonypuca.com
www.facebook.com/tony.puca
@tpucaNo
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Rice, Craig L.Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/16/2018
P.O. Box 84164
Gaithersburg MD 20883
(240) 476-5067
ricepolitics@gmail.com
www.craigrice.org
Councilmember Craig Rice
@RicepoliticsYes
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Yes. It should be funded by both. 65-35 split state/county
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We need additional funding form the State. The current split on avg. is 83/17, County/State. This is unacceptable. We should never pit our projects against each other but school overcrowding should not take a back seat to anything.
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Yes
All means all via Jack Smith. That means no more bias, more support, more teacher autonomy, more innovation, more support of programs like MSP etc…
Linguistically and culturally competent communication is a must. And showing them the value of an education is how you get students and families engaged.
Students have a hard enough time facing the challenging curriculum and an ever changing world. We need to make sure all they need to focus on is school. as with my landmark bullying bill back in 2008, the tenants are the same. no one should feel as though they don't belong.
We shoould promote policies that protects our kids from what we know may be a danger to them and support them when they need help.
Yes. We have supported this at our MC Food Council. It already has had an impact and will continue to do so through revamping of menus and access to physical activities.
All students may need support through access to counselors and mentors and we should be providing that to them.
I think the MOU and relationship is strong as evidenced by the recent Clarksburg HS incident. I think the MOU ensures we have the best officers currently in place but we can always strive to revisit the MOU and make it better regarding cultural competency and the latest training methodologies regard
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Fully fund the MCPS budget s a first step.
It should be in the top considerations
No, I don't believe in walling off money as it has never served an entity well. Just look to the State as an example. Supplant vs. Enhance
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County Council At Large
N/ARiemer, HansDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 07/19/2017
7701 Takoma Ave
Takoma Park MD 20912
(240) 389-4267
info@hansriemer.com
hansriemer.com
/hansriemer4@hansriemerYes
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Yes, early ed should be accessible to all; today it is largely unaffordable. We should start by investing in Pre-K for low income children, combining County, State, and Fed money. I have successfully increased County investments in Head Start and Child Care Subsidies and will keep pressing for more.
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Unfortunately the County must reduce its borrowing but the question is how fast. I proposed a slower reduction but the council didn’t support it. Even as we reduce our borrowing, we can maintain or increase our investment in school construction by making them a higher priority in the capital budget.
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Yes I would support incentives to drive collaboration between state and local governments. If there is a better way, we should implement it. The Council recently passed positive changes to how MCPS spends construction dollars, resulting in our funds being used for much more high priority projects.
A start would be sufficient funding for quality pre-k for children who do not have access to quality programs today. Sufficient funding to reduce class size and support targeted programs is also essential. More support for paraeducators is another key need.
It is imperative to create a climate where all children can feel safe, respected and valued. That is why I have always stood up for progressive values and fought against efforts to demonize or exclude immigrant communities or minorities. Elected leaders must continue to set the tone for inclusion.
Digital safety is a crucial topic, and MCPS must do more to educate kids about how to behave online and how to stay safe. This should be part of the curriculum. The Council does not have much influence over these areas, they are Board of Education.
Yes, MCPS should do a better job promoting health and nutrition and encouraging students to eat their fruit and vegetables. The Council has pushed to remove junk food from vending machines. I support finding a solution to bring more local produce into the schools.
I have supported new investments in MCPS to pay for mental health and counseling services, and I will continue to do so.
My understanding is that the SRO program works well, but it could always be improved.
recruit the best officers for Security Resource Officer assignments?
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As a Council member I have voted to increase school construction funding in every budget, to record highs. My record and my commitment to schools is clear. The County’s investment in school construction has grown substantially during my time on the County Council.
Yes, when schools in a planning area have capacity issues and the county does not have ready options for re-opening schools, acquiring land from private property owners should be a high priority.
I would consider any funding request for land from MCPS. If MCPS requests an “ALARF” type fund (Advance Land Acquisition) I would support that.
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County Council At Large
N/ARiley, MicheleDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/30/2017
P.O.Box 3501
Silver Spring MD 20918
(301) 681-2914
michele@michele4moco.com
michele4moco.com
Michele4MoCo
michele4moco
Instagram: Michele4MoCo
Yes
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Yes, I support this effort. I see this as a state issue, in that it should be offered statewide, instead of just within Montgomery County. For funding, we need to ensure the appropriate share of casino revenue is going to the Education Trust Fund, not the General Fund.
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School construction should not take a backseat to other County infrastructure priorities. We need to make sure the Education Trust Fund receives its appropriate share of casino revenue, and use this money to fund school initiatives.
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Yes, I support incentives to drive state and local collaboration to allow for new ideas and approaches in school construction.
I believe we have experts in place within MCPS who understand the best way to ensure every child receives a high-quality education. I would let those experts do their jobs.
I have always felt that MCPS does a good job of communicating quickly and efficiently with parents, through emails, Connect Ed messages, and other communications (always in English and Spanish). I do not see this as an area for focus.
I firmly believe we have experts within the MCPS structure who understand the best way to foster such a climate of cultural sensitivity and tolerance. I would give those experts the latitude to keep doing their jobs the best way they can.
Again, I believe we have experts within the MCPS who understand the best way to use regulations to advance school standards in these areas. I would give these experts the latitude to keep doing their jobs the best way they can.
Montgomery County needs to rethink and decentralize the MCPS school lunch program. The food served in MCPS schools is prepackaged and not healthy. We need new approaches to get better food in front of our kids at lunchtime and that food needs to be sourced from a variety of locations.
I am committed to ensuring adequate mental health and counseling services for MCPS students. This is more important than ever in light of the Parkland school shooting.
The SRO assignment requires a balancing act of kindness to the kids but also making sure rules are followed. I think MCPD is appropriately cognizant of the separation between MCPS and MCPD and acts accordingly, when necessary, in order to keep our kids safe at school.
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I am fully committed to ensuring capacity keeps pace with growth, and class sizes remain small. MCPS is a jewel in the crown of Montgomery County and we need to ensure we maintain proper student teacher ratios and class sizes.
Yes, absolutely.
Yes.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Rivera-Oven, Graciela
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/26/2018
21210 Blunt Rd
Germantown MD 20876
(240) 630-1522
grace.rivera@comcast.net
www.gracielariveraoven.com
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Romero, Darwin
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 07/31/2017
P.O.Box 10485
Silver Spring MD 209140485
info@darwinromero.us
www.darwinromero.us
@romero4council
@romero4council
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 002
Sefcik, KyleRepublican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/31/2018
24913 Woodfield School Rd
Gaithersburg MD 20882
kylesefcikforcouncil@gmail.com
www.kylesefcik.com
kylesefcikNo
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County Council
Councilmanic District 003
Shnider, BenDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 05/10/2017
1125 Elmcroft Blvd Apt # H303
Rockville MD 20850
(240) 242-9451
shniderb@gmail.com
www.shniderforcouncil.com
www.facebook.com/shniderforcouncil
@bshnideYes
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I strongly support the implementation of Universal Pre-K for every MCPS student. It is the County Council's responsibility, collaborating with MCPS, to implement this vital measure. This is one of the reasons I support seeking authority from the state to levy County taxes more progressively.
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I appreciate both the pressing capital needs facing MCPS, plus the fiscal challenges facing the County. Given the importance of MCPS for our students and the County's economy, MCPS infrastructure needs to be the top priority. Making progress requires trust and creativity among stakeholders.
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Yes. Collaboration among all stakeholders to identify ways to address the capital needs at MCPS quicker, within inherently constrained resources, is prudent. The bottom line is that we need to make it quicker and cheaper to build new facilities and use existing space more efficiently.
I will push for universal pre-k at MCPS. I will also draw on the community school model to target additional resources, like therapy, to under-resourced schools. Finally, we must expand vocational offerings. I earned the support of our County's teachers due largely to my commitment to equity.
Materials must be culturally competent and translated when necessary.
I'll work proactively with MCPS, and public and private partners (including MCPTA, County Government and non-profits who work with youth) to foster an environment, inside and outside the classroom, where harassment in all forms is unacceptable and students are encouraged to express their concerns.
MCPS, MCPTA and other stakeholders should determine the proper balance between the benefits and potential hazards of technology, both in and outside of the classroom. I will proactively work to facilitate this process and support any applicable regulatory changes that may result.
Health and nutrition education at an early age is the best route to sound, lifelong habits. The Council should proactively encourage MCPS to explore their policies regularly. I will support additional funding, if feasible, to advance such consistent reflection.
I will fight to ensure adequate staffing to provide such resources.
I believe there is a good relationship between MCPS & MCPD. Strengthening positive interaction between officers and students, plus security planning/response are equally important goals. We must ensure we educate the community about the importance of SROs, such that the role is adequately resourced.
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First, we must ensure adequate funding of the MCPS CIP, including a fair share of resources from developers. We should also consider reopening closed schools. Using vacant private office space for schools should be an option as well. Finally, boundaries changes must be considered in certain cases.
Yes, it is always important for land use policies to consider the impacts of growth and how to best prepare for it on MCPS infrastructure, including identifying/reserving school sites, when needed.
I will support any measure to ensure adequate funds for MCPS infrastructure.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Siddique, Mohammad
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/10/2017
20249 Darlington Drive
Montgomery Village MD 20886
(301) 330-2843
msiddique00@gmail.com
No
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County Council At Large
N/A
Skolnick, Shelly
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/08/2018
1304 Dale Drive
Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 512-4855
shelly.skolnick@starpower.net
Yes
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Initially, the State should fund pre-K for children who will qualify for free meals at school. Funding would be from the State's gambling income.
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Yes. MCPS needs to be more efficient with its schools. Some actions would be (a) more summer school for students who are below grade level, and (b) volunteer aides for teachers with large class rooms.
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Yes.
Free tuition for Montgomery College students who volunteer as teacher aides in the MCPS.
Provide more time (such as evenings and weekends for meetings between teachers and parents
Support for diversity and inclusion in our schools should be by the policies and practices of the MCPS.
I prefer such regulations by MCPS -- rather than by the State or County governments.
Such education should be by the example of the food provided in the school breakfast and lunch meals.
I support increased budgets for such services.
My perception is that the MCPS and MCPD have a cooperative relationship.
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I am proposing free tuition at Montgomery College for students who volunteer as teacher aides in the MCPS. This addresses the large class sizes that are financially inevitable.
Yes.yes
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County Council At Large
N/ASmith, JarrettDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/23/2018
P.O.Box 5277
Takoma Park MD 20913
(301) 960-7462
smithformoco@gmail.com
smithformoco.com
JarrettSmithNo
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County Council At Large
N/A
Solomon, Steve
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 11/07/2017
P.O. Box 2331
Rockville MD 208472331
(301) 219-5812
votestevesolomon@gmail.com
votestevesolomon.com
Facebook.com/votestevesolomon
@SteveSolomon
No
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County Council
Councilmanic District 001
Wellington, Meredith
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/04/2017
5217 Wyoming Road
Bethesda MD 20816
(301) 580-4700
meredithwellington2018@gmail.com
www.meredithwellington.com
Yes
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Montgomery County cannot wait for state to provide universal pre-k, altho statewide Pre-K should be a goal. Pre-k is proven to help close the achievement gap. County should continue to supplement pre-k subsidy for low income children. I will carefully consider partnerships or other ideas to fund.
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Education is our County's number one priority. I would like to see ways to reduce construction costs. I will continue to work with the MoCo delegation to Annapolis to bring back more money. I will carefully review SAG and look at all options to meet the needs of MCPS and our children.
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Yes.
Early assessments & interventions are key. Recruit more racially, gender & ethnically diverse teachers and administrators. Employ sufficient numbers of specialists, instructional aides, & counselors to meet needs of all students. Teacher quality must be even across all county schools.
Use community's languages; offer flexible meeting times; offer liaison for families new to USA; home visits if needed.
Report bullying to central office, resource officer; teach parents to monitor kids' social media and phones; MCPS does a good job teaching various religious and cultural differences - perhaps they could start in earlier grades.
I support BOE regs that train educators & counselors to restrict/manage tech use for students in special programs like Linkages to Learning, special ed programs. All students & parents must be taught responsible tech use.
A child's performance in school is strongly impacted by what she eats. It is vital that MCPS do more to improve nutrition knowledge. I would like to see MCPS Food and Nutrition Division move away from prepackaged high sugar/salt/fat processed products to more locally produced & natural foods.
If elected, I will support MCPS and HHS requests for mental health counselors and services, and assistance for those who cannot afford such services.
It is vital that MCPS, MCPD, parents, students cooperate on school safety. At top level, partnership appears strong. Incentives to serve as SRO may include: success from early intervention; flexible scheduling; partners or backups for days off; extra training or education in related field.
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I will work to meet the needs of the teachers to best serve their students & to making sure students have enough space for sports and physical fitness. I will work with all parties to increase school construction funding, find appropriate school sites, & be a responsible steward of taxpayer funds.
Yes, school land should be a top public amenity and appropriate sites identified in all master/sector plans.
Yes, I would support such a fund.
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County Council At Large
N/A
Wilhelm, Chris
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 09/21/2017
4740 Bradley Blvd Apt # 202
Chevy Chase MD 20815
(240) 621-0954
chris@wilhelmforcouncil.com
www.wilhelmforcouncil.com
www.facebook.com/wilhelmforcouncil
@chrisRwilhelm
Instagram:chrisrwilhelm
Yes
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Universal early childhood education is essential to closing the opportunity gap. The County could explore approaches to funding pre-k for low income families, as Council President Riemer has proposed, but I think the reality is that we will need significant investment at the state level to expand ea
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School construction should not take a back seat to other infrastructure improvements. The county must be careful to preserve its bond rating in order to continue to benefit from low interest rates on future capital projects. In order to ensure that Montgomery County can meet its capital budget needs
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Yes. Montgomery County should be working with the State to find innovative models for school construction. We know there are neighboring jurisdictions in Virginia that spend significantly less money constructing schools. We can learn from our neighbors to cut costs.
I will pursue three main strategies to achieve equity in Montgomery County schools.
First, I will support economic justice policies that enable families to enjoy stable
employment and housing. Second, I will take serious action to recruit hundreds of
teachers of color into MCPS over the next five to
A great deal of student data and curricular information is now readily available to families online and through smartphone apps. I would focus on promoting more direct parent and student contact with the members of the Board of Education, as they have the ability to adapt school system practices and
MCPS students in the Minority Scholars Program recently testified at a Board of Education
meeting in favor of recruiting more teachers of color. I will work to create a direct pipeline for MCPS students to pursue careers in education by attending public universities tuition free in order to meet the
MCPS must address its completely inadequate response to multiple instances of sexual abuse and harassment by staff members over a span of several years. There must be a crystal clear policy in place to hold principals accountable for reporting complaints from students and parents, rather than allowi
MCPS must address its completely inadequate response to multiple instances of sexual abuse and harassment by staff members over a span of several years. There must be a crystal clear policy in place to hold principals accountable for reporting complaints from students and parents, rather than allowi
MCPS must address its completely inadequate response to multiple instances of sexual abuse and harassment by staff members over a span of several years. There must be a crystal clear policy in place to hold principals accountable for reporting complaints from students and parents, rather than allowi
Our School Resource Officers play an important role in protecting our students and teachers. However, we have to make sure that as many issues as possible are handled within the student code of contact, so that law enforcement is not needlessly involved. Unfortunately, data has shown that students o
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I will vote for budgets that fully fund the needs of our school system. I show up to teach every day wishing that I had smaller class sizes so that it would be a little easier to meet the needs of all of my unique students.
Yes. In order to prevent overcrowding and to meet the needs of our rapidly growing county, we must set aside land to construct new schools.
Yes. Land developers ought to pay their fair share to help fund education. The quality of the MCPS school system is one of the reasons why property values are so high in Montgomery County--it is only natural that developers pay into the system that they benefit from.
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County Council At Large
N/AWillard, TimGreen
Montgomery County
Seeking the Nomination -
Party Designated - 04/14/2017
P.O. Box 217
Kensington MD 20895
(240) 533-2399
dravidic@yahoo.com
www.timforcouncil.org
www.facebook.com/timformoco
@TimWillard4Moco
Yes
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I support universal pre-K. It has been shown to pay for itself by reducing child
welfare and criminal justice costs, lowering spending on special education. I
would favor paying for it with a sliding scale tuition for wealthier families.
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Reducing General Obligation bonds was neccesary to maintain the County's
AAA bond rating. The County's debt has been increasing rapidly in an effort to
meet the needs of rapid, poorly planned growth did not account for needed
infrastructure. Without a better growth policy schools will suffer.
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With needs growing and traditional GO bonds constrained we should look into
both alternative methods of funding construction such as authorized by the
Public School Facilities Act and new ideas for school construction that save
money such as multi purpose building that would house other agencies.
The achievement gap in schools is worstened by the limited availability of
programs. Information is available to parents who know how to go find it, and
application processes are cumbersome. MCPS needs to expand the capacity of
choice programs and to improve outreach to underserved communities.
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County Executive
N/A
Berliner, Roger
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 07/03/2017
900 Persei Place Apt # 451
Rockville MD 20852
roger@berlinerformontgomery.com
@BerlinerForMontgomery
Yes
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Yes.
Pre-K is critical to a child's development to providing a level playing field for every child. It is perhaps the most important thing we can do to start closing the achievement gap.
Expansion of pre-k should be a national priority & a state priority. If we must go it alone, it would be essent
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The SAGs ensure we do not issue more bonds than we can afford in debt service which crowds out operating budget priorities like the MCPS operating budget & health & human services for families and children. Everything is interrelated. Cap. & op.budgets should not be pitted against each other -both a
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I would. Given the rise in student enrollment and the urgent need for more capacity, we need the State to pay more for the cost of new school construction. I am in favor of incentives to drive greater state/local collaboration, assuming these incentives do not detract from local control of our schoo
We must insist on cultural proficiency for all school staff in order to ensure the most relevant and rigorous curriculum choices are available to all students. Equity will only be achieved when each and every student is on a path to success and our more a cademically challenging program enrollments
Communicating with parents/caregivers is essential to student success. Translation services already provided in many languages is important, but MCPS staff must reflect our student population & be trained in cultural proficiencies in order to effectively communicate with parent/caregivers
Every student must be respected, valued & feel safe at school & in our county. County Govt. can help create such a culture through education campaigns, community partnerships, inclusive policies, funding for SROs in every HS and MS, & a police force trained in cultural competency & that has zero tol
Regulations should be science-based and used to protect the physical and mental health and wellness of those in a school building. That is the superintendent’s and BOE’s job and as county executive, I would offer whatever support is requested.
Yes. One hopes it would result in better selection and quality of food and better nutrition. Programs around the country are working toward this same goal
I have long been vocal about the need for better counselor to student ratios. The mental,
emotion al, & academic pressures on our kids is ever increasing - we need to provide safe spaces and trusted adults where they can seek refuge and help. Mental health services must be adequately funded outside
I know that Chief Manger and his department are 100% committed to assisting MCPS to create the safest environment possible for our students, teachers and staff. If we are not providing the very best SROs we can, then the selection process needs to be examined. If elected county executive, I would as
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We must ensure the capacity keeps pace with growth of student population. I hope MCPS will explore creative, innovative, affordable options for increasing capacity. The Council has raised various taxes to generate significant new revenues for school capacity & increased funding recently to reduce cl
We should always obtain new land for schools via the developmen t process whenever possible & warranted. I worked very closely with MCCPTA reps to ensure master plan language reflects this goal
I actually proposed establishing a school land acquisition fund which would be funded by a
portion of development’s school impact tax fees. The Board of Ed rejected this idea and did not want funds set aside for this purpose. It was very disappointing and I believe, short-sighted.
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County Executive
N/ABlair, DavidDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/06/2018
9907 Riverview Ct
Potomac MD 20854
(240) 428-3753
davidb@blairformontgomery.com
BlairForMontgomery.com
Facebook.com/david.t.blair.official
twitter.com/DavidTBlair
instagram.com/davidtblair
Yes
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As County Executive, I will draw upon public and private resources to secure funding to make universal pre-K a reality, starting with Title I schools. Ideally, funding should be a state and county collaboration, but we must act on this now to address the achievement gap in our schools.
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I don’t support this move because we have not kept up with MCPS construction needs. School construction should be a top priority when assessing the capital improvement budget to address the overcrowding in our schools. Through my jobs plan, I will expand our tax base which will create new revenues.
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I don’t support this move because we have not kept up with MCPS construction needs. School construction should be a top priority when assessing the capital improvement budget to address the overcrowding in our schools. Through my jobs plan, I will expand our tax base which will create new revenues.
I want to focus on early childhood learning and ensure that every student graduates career or college ready. This requires ensuring MCPS has adequate support staff. I’ll work with MCPS to provide early intervention and remedial course work to students at risk of falling short of readiness standards.
I believe that MCPS makes communication with students and families a priority and we can do more by expanding Linkages to Learning beyond 29 schools. As County Executive, I will engage parents in school planning and leadership to give them more equal representation on school governing bodies.
Everyone should feel safe in his or her community. As County Executive, I’ll expand the Cyber Civility Task Force to include designated social workers that will work closely with parents, students and staff on developing social media controls to monitor sites where MCPS students are active.
The county government and MCPS need to focus on increasing access to physical and mental health & wellness care among students and teachers. I’m a big proponent of telemedicine in our schools. It can expand access to health care using technology to diagnose medical problems remotely.
Part of my platform is to make better use of our county’s Agricultural Reserve and focus on a buy local program. This platform should extend into the school system to educate our children about supporting a healthy local food system and our local agriculture.
I’ll work with MCPS to create innovative lesson plans to address mental health issues in our classrooms and ensure all students are aware of help available. I’ll put telemedicine in our schools, so kids can access health and mental health services and have a safe place to report abuse or neglect.
When it comes to school safety and protecting our kids, we can always do more. I’ll lobby for state “school safety grants” to fund school resource officers, and find money in our budget if funding never materializes. Incentives should include flexible work hours, better training and appreciation.
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As County Executive, I will ensure Montgomery County is getting its fair share of funding from Annapolis, so we can build schools to relieve overcrowding. I’ll also grow our economy to create jobs and increase revenues to fund school construction projects and MCPS teachers to keep class sizes small.
Part of the reason why I am running for County Executive is that we do a poor job of planning in the county. I will review our planning process to ensure we have a proactive, transparent planning process that aims to lessen the burden on our infrastructure and schools.
We need to work collaboratively with developers to find localized solutions that increase school construction options. This means being more creative in our approach. I would consider a dedicated fund for school land acquisition.
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County Executive
N/AElrich, MarcDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/28/2017
9511 St. Andrews Way
Silver Spring MD 20901
(301) 287-3002
info@marcelrich.org
www.marcelrich.org
Marc Elrich for County Executive
@marc_elrichYes
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I’d try to reach 2-4 year olds: the earlier the better. It’s a statewide issue but counties will contribute. We should act regardless of state funding because the outcomes justify it. I’d look at increased revenues from casinos, combined reporting, and expanded liquor revenues to help fund it.
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We should fully fund the MCPS capital requests. I’ve proposed taking money from Montrose Parkway to fund schools this year. I’ll look at increasing school impact fees and increasing facility payments when schools are over capacity. We shouldn’t approve development where we can’t fund the schools.
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I’m interested in innovative design & construction & how others address construction codes. I’d ensure short-term savings don’t increase long-term maintenance costs. Other systems build standardized schools - we don’t & that costs more. We should not charge permitting fees for our own buildings.
Schools have to match funding to the needs of the students. I’m hoping to introduce a racial equity lens to evaluate how the county spends operating and capital dollars and would want MCPS to join us. We have to consciously evaluate how our decisions impact those affected by them.
We may rely too much on sending flyers home without certainty that parents can read or students can interpret. We need more personal contact - calls at the least, and home visits for important topics. Community schools may be best-suited to build links and engage families and students.
I’d ensure teachers have the skills to foster a positive school climate. I also have a plan to diversify the workforce by implementing a pipeline from middle school to the Universities at Shady Grove, which would help make our teaching and counseling staff more reflective of the student population.
Regulations and policies should be research-based or science-based to the extent possible. Once we “know” something, our policies have to embody that. Students’ environments shouldn’t expose them to health risks and should be supportive of their mental health and physical wellness.
Students should be educated about the relationship of food to their health and wellness. School meals should be a lot healthier than they are (when I taught, there was way too much sugar and starch) and I’d like to see a conscious policy of using locally sourced food when possible.
I’m very concerned about the inadequate number of counselors and school psychologists. Their caseloads are far too large, and they don’t have time to identify, let alone work with, all the students who have needs. We need to see more funding in the school budget to support these positions.
I think communication and an understanding of their respective roles has improved. Officers now are more focused on building trust and relationships with students than they were. I think a good interview process - so we can find officers who want this assignment - is more important than incentives.
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Class size isn’t small. I would strictly tie growth to the ability to provide classrooms without penalizing schools that have long been in the queue (as the Bethesda placeholder will do). I’d tighten standards for defining overcrowding and I’d increase impact fees to fully cover needed classrooms.
Yes, school land should be a top amenity. What we adopted is weaker than earlier policies - e.g., White Flint 1 actually designated a school site. The “new” policy doesn’t guarantee we get a site; by the time a project triggers a capacity need, the project may not have a suitable school site.
Yes. I would also revise cluster and individual school capacity definitions (120% of capacity is too high), require payments whenever schools cross 100% of capacity, and set impact fees at 100% of school cost as built out (including desks, finishes, books, computers, etc.).
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County Executive
N/AFicker, RobinRepublican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/28/2017
16711 Barnesville Road
Boyds MD 20841
(301) 652-1500
robinficker@msn.com
www.robindeliversforyou.com
robindeliversforyou
@robindelivers4u
Yes
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Yes. This is a state-county issue. The money should come from both. But, with the county running a deficit, something will have to be cut. What? County's return on its reserve, health benefit and pension returns has been miserable with the stock maket up 50% over the past year. Reexamine.
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The MoCo delegation has NOT been doing its job with only 12% of state construction funds for our 18% of students. We need our fair share. Debt service is already the third largest part of the county budget.
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Sure, but first MoCo must get its fair share of state school construction money. 12% for our 18% of state students is not enough.
Supplement with Saturday and summer classes for those who need extra help. Challenge all children to achieve above their comfort zone.
Have good well-paid teachers who are proficient at communicating with students and families.
I am the only candidate for County Executive who has defended more than one case in Maryland Courts as a defense attorney and I have defended 35,000+ since 1972. How can these other people be serious about individual rights with no experience in Court?
I would like to see every student run or walk a mile every school day for health and wellness. Too much sitting. Digital access in schools can be limited technically. Block the porn sites.
Diet at the schools can be affected by cafeteria menu choices and elimination of junk food dispensers. An active physical education program during and after school will help alot. Inculcate nutrition education into such activities.
Strong. But reducing class size is my top priority.
Our police department knows best how to recruit and train officers. I'd let them do their jobs. Monitor the cameras in schools.
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Our legislators are getting only 12% of state school construction dollars for 18% of the state's students. They seem more interested in securing money for Baltimore City's schools than Montgomery's. They need to ensure we get our fair share as I shall do.
Yes. I recently sat with a citizens panel looking at school site choices in Silver Spring-Takoma Park. Having citizens adivsory groups who know the area best is a good idea.
Yes.
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County Executive
N/AFrick, BillDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/03/2018
P.O. Box 30203
Bethesda MD 20824
(240) 479-9293
info@billfrick.com
www.billfrick.com
facebook.com/billfrick
@billfrick
instagram.com/billfrick
No
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82
County Executive
N/A
Krasnow, Rose
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/12/2018
P.O. Box 1727
Rockville MD 20849
(240) 550-0472
rose@rosekrasnow.com
www.rosekrasnow.com
Rose Krasnow for County Executive
@rosekrasnow
Instagram @rosekrasnow
Yes
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Yes, I do support making early childhood education accessible to all Montgomery County residents, although given the costs, it will need to be phased in over a period of time, as was done with all-day kindergarten. I would fund it through a combination of private providers and public schools. It is
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I have said to many that education is my number one priority. I have also said that budgets are not just about money, but about community priorities. The importance of keeping the county’s AAA bond rating cannot be overstated, since it keeps our cost of borrowing as low as possible, so the county do
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Yes, it is vital to find new ways to reduce the cost per pupil of building new or replacement
school facilities. As an urban planner, we looked for ways to reduce costs such as co-locating schools and parks so that athletic and playground facilities could be shared. We also explored converting exis
Equity in education means that personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential (fairness) and that that all individuals reach at least a basic minimum level of skills. One measure I would support is to make fun
As our county demographics have changed, our means of communication must also change. Many parents from other countries may not be fluent in English, so it is important that we translate essential information to help these parents be aware of with what is going on in their children’s school. We must
My observation is the MCP and MCPS work well together, and have a common goal of keeping students safe on campus. Recent events have increased the necessity for enhancing that
coordination, and MCP has been responsive to reallocating more resources as the situation warrants. As for getting the best
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As I have said many times, education funding for the CIP would be my highest priority. I am committed to doing everything possible to make sure we provide sufficient funds to meet MCPS construction needs. However, we must look at how we are projecting student growth to ensure our methodology is as a
Yes. When Montgomery County was primarily greenfield development, we could often get developers to give us enough land for a school. Today, any available land that remains has become very
expensive. The school system has already cut back on the amount of land it has to have for elementary, middle a
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County Executive
N/A
Leventhal, George L.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 07/03/2017
7336 Piney Branch Road
Takoma Park MD 20912
(301) 580-4517
info@georgeleventhal.com
www.georgeleventhal.com
facebook.com/leventhalgeorge
@georgeleventhal
Yes
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Universal prekindergarten for every family who wishes to use it is a top priority. If I am elected County Executive I will fight in Annapolis for an increase in the tax on table games to use those funds as a protected funding stream for pre-k.
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Our school have great capital needs. I will advocate heavily at the state level for the share of funds Montgomery County deserves. I will develop magnet/ language programs at most schools to help draw students from over-capacity schools to schools with more classroom space and excellent programming.
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Yes. As County Executive, I will be a strong advocate for our schools and will ensure that the Governor, Senate, General Assembly fully understand our needs. I have decades of good and close relationships with legislators, and will work to build coalitions with other counties.
I will pursue radical inclusion when it comes to our public schools. I will exert positive pressure on the Superintendent and School Board to expand choice and language programs at sites throughout our county and ensure that any child who wants to pursue rigorous coursework can do so at any school.
Our schools need to make sure that they are listening to the community and reaching out to families in their native languages. Active engagement with community groups like Parent Teacher Associations should have the highest priority.
We must demonstrate our commitment to inclusion in all our programs and lead by example. We must recruit more employees with language skills to increase communications with non-English-speaking parents. We need to promote an active dialogue between the school system and our diverse communities
The health and well-being of our students must be assured. In areas of emerging concern, like digital safety and WiFi exposure, school standards and regulations must be developed in close consultation with the community to ensure that they reflect the needs and values of those we serve.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of nutrition and health, and these topics should be fully integrated into the curricula. The classroom lessons must be reinforced and supported by the policies and practices of the Food and Nutrition Division.
Mental health needs are as important as any other health need, and counseling services should be available to all who need them. When I established the Montgomery Cares program, I made certain that it included services for behavioral health. We need more mental health services in our schools.
We must increase our efforts to ensure that all students and school personnel are safe and secure. This includes security staff reflective of our county’s demographics. We cannot compromise on the safety of our students and teachers.
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We must keep pace growing enrollments and address our aging infrastructure with new buildings. Leased space and conversion of vacant offices to classrooms can alleviate short term crowding. When necessary, I would encourage the Board to look carefully at boundary changes to prevent overcrowding
Development has significant impacts on the community, placing increased demands on local school and other public amenities. We must make school land and construction needs an integral part of any development plan.
Growth and development enrich our county, but they also have costs that are borne by the community as a whole. It is entirely reasonable for land developers to help finance the infrastructure needs of the new communities they create.
84
House of Delegates
Legislative District 39
Acevero, Gabriel
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 04/05/2017
18700 Walkers Choice Road Apt 224
Montgomery Village MD 20886
gabriel.acevero@gmail.com
www.gabrielacevero.org
https://www.facebook.com/gacevero
@gaceveroYes
A budget is a moral document and it says a lot about our priorities when we cut funding or don’t fully fund our schools. With our growing enrollment, I'll work to secure much needed funding for MCPS and ensure that our county gets as much state dollars to meet the enrollment needs.
I support the current House and Senate Bills to amend MD's Constitution to address this loophole. Our schools have $2.9billion in unmet needs and I'm committed to fighting until as much revenue from state-sanctioned casinos are allocated to the ETF.
Yes. If elected I'll continue to advocate for early childhood education. I believe it should be funded by instituting a carbon tax as well as closing corporate tax loopholes. Further, ECE should be included in state and county budgets as public eduction is both a state and county priority.
I support the autonomy of local school boards and if elected, I'll work with my colleagues in the General Assembly to strengthen legislation that empowers local elected boards to make decisions within their remit that are best for their respective school systems.
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Yes. If elected I'll advocate for fair and equitable distribution of education funds to meet the needs of our school system. We can achieve this by working with Chamber as well as Appropriations/Budget committee leadership to ensure state capital funding matches our school system's population.
Yes. Collaboration and seeking better options for school construction is an excellent start; so long as that collaboration reflects the input and direction of the communities our schools serve.
Teacher student ratio--we must ensure class sizes are smaller and more manageable so educators can meet the needs of every child and provide quality instruction. Further, we need diverse educators in the classroom who are able to work with various students in harnessing their academic potential.
Greater collaboration with the MCCPTA as well as the broader community to ensure seamless communication with and amongst parent and students as well as the dissemination of pertinent information.
I believe our schools should reflect the communities it serves. One way to foster a climate of cultural sensitivity is to be intentional about the voices we include in that conversation. Creating safe spaces and having courageous conversations about diversity and tolerance is key to achieving that.
Regulations should be used as guidelines for administrators to act accordingly. I think it's important to implement applicable regulations but also allow for flexibility so as to avoid impeding a child's educational experience.
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I'll work to ensure every school in our county and across our state has a counselor as well as work to increase funding for mental health statewide.
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Yes. I support SB132 which establishes penalties for individuals who knowingly fail to report child abuse to relevant authorities. It is incumbent upon us to protect our children.
Securing as much state funds for school construction; recruiting as well as retaining quality educators and support services staff to meet the needs of a growing school system.
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85
House of Delegates
Legislative District 15
Ahmed, AnisDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 12/11/2017
11179 Captains Walk Court
Gaithersburg MD 20878
(240) 498-9829
ahmeda20878@gmail.com
facebook.com/anis.ahmed.169
No
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86
House of Delegates
Legislative District 17
Al-Shareffi, Esam
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/22/2018
17828 Stoneridge Drive
Gaithersburg MD 20878
excaliburprime1@gmail.com
Yes
I would oppose any decrease in state funding as this would lead to either
increases in already high property taxes or reduced funding for education,
neither of which is palatable
Clearly, casino revenue should supplement school funding. I would oppose any net decreases to funding the Education Trust Fund.
Absolutely! Studies have shown the dramatic benefits from early childhood education and it should be offered to all interested families. Funding would have to be devoted from both state and county sources.
On this issue, I do support State control over start and end-times, so there is a uniform date for the entire state. I think the decision should be made in consultation with local school boards, but on this one, I support the current system.
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Absolutely. While more capital funding will necessarily go to the more impoverished/dilapidated school systems, I would push for budgeting that would more closely allign with the school population.
Absolutely, collaboration between state and county officials and school boards is highly desirable and we must support innovative and novel initiatives with the potential of making education better for students.
The obligation of the state to provide high quality instruction without regard to the conditions
mentioned should be enshrined in state law and adequate resources allocated to make that
possible.
The best results require close communication between school officials, parents, and students. Regular updates on school performance and ways for interested parents to contribute should be prioritized
Clearly conveying that it is a top goal to create a nurturing environment (e.g. yearly assemblies,
communication with families) AND more importantly but acting this way each and every day
(counseling/sanctioning students who bully or create an unsafe environment), students will get
the message.
Regulations should be developed at the county level after much study and input from experts to
ensure students have the best standards achievable in these important areas.
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As a resident psychiatry physician, allocating resources for good mental health and counseling services is a top priority for me.
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Absolutely, it is common sense to establish a duty to report when it comes to serious crimes, as this will lead to best safety
State support for both educational funding and capital improvement projects should keep pace
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87
House of Delegates
Legislative District 20
Barrie, Fatmata
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/09/2017
1521 Regent Manor Court
Silver Spring MD 20904
fbarrielaw@gmail.com
No
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with increased capacity. It's common sense and what I would push for if elected.
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88
House of Delegates
Legislative District 39
Bartlett, Bobby
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/26/2017
12569 Coral Grove Place
Germantown MD 20874
(240) 394-9758
bobby@bobbybartlett.com
bobbybartlett.com
www.facebook.com/VoteBobby
twitter.com/Bobby4MD
No
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89
House of Delegates
Legislative District 17
Barve, Kumar P.
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/26/2018
37 Maryland Ave #413
Rockville MD 20850
(240) 498-0209
kumarbarve@gmail.com
www.kumarbarve.com
facebook.com/BarveforMaryland/
@kumarbarve
Yes
As a member of senior leadership, I would never accept a Kirwin Commission report that would propose decreasing funding for any jurisdiction in Maryland. Regardless, I am committed to ensuring that MCPS has the resources it needs to support our student.
I support the proposal to create a constitutional lockbox ensuring that gaming revenue does not supplant existing funding commitments.
I believe we should implement universal pre-K. As with other educational programs, this should be a joint state/county effort.
I support local autonomy and I defend local decision making with respect to calendar issues.
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Our lower share of state funding reflects our higheer per capita wealth. For example, although we have 18% of the state population, we have almost 25% of the state welath. Regardless, I will continue to fight for more money for MCPS.
I support the Knott Commission recommendations, which include additional flexibility for local jurisdictions in school construction funding.
Universal pre-k is key to closing achievement gaps. As stated earlier, I support this.
I support all efforts at outreach toward underrepresented communities.
For eight years, I was a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee and during that time (and since) I have always supported policies to respect students regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identification.
At the state level we need a strong emphasis on health, wellness and safety in new statutes and board regulations.
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I suppport a 250:1 student to counselor ration to improve mental health services.
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Yes, absolutely.
As a state legislator, I don't have oversite over local budget decisions. However, I will continue to work for greater resources to ensure that MCPS has the capital and operating funds it needs to serve our students, teachers and parents.
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90
House of Delegates
Legislative District 18
Carr, AlDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 10/11/2017
3904 Washington Street
Kensington MD 20895
(240) 292-4598
alfred.carr@gmail.com
www.alcarr.org
https://www.facebook.com/alcarr.campaign/
https://twitter.com/alfredcarr
No
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91
House of Delegates
Legislative District 20
Charkoudian, Lorig
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 06/02/2017
425 Ethan Allen Avenue
Takoma Park MD 20912
(410) 227-4941
lorigcharkoudian@gmail.com
www.lorigD20.com
www.facebook.com/charkoudian.lorig
https://twitter.com/LCharkoudian
Yes
The delegation will need to fight to keep funding to meet the needs of our growing and diverse population. This will require educating our fellow delegates from other counties about the reality of challenges for many MCPS students and the funding required to meet those needs.
Yes, casino revenue should supplement not supplant the Trust Fund. I fully support the constitutional amendment to require this. I also support increasing the percentage of table game funds that go to the Education Trust Fund.
Yes. As part of the new formula, the State should fund universal access to pre-k for 4 year olds, and means tested access for all 3 year olds.
There is a role for guidance from the State on some issues, and local school systems should determine how to implement them
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I will advocate for an increase in the overall budget for school construction and for MCPS to have access to increased amounts, as the total amount of capital funding increases.
I support flexibility and streamlining the approval process and opportunities for cooperative purchasing. I don't support decreasing the prevailing wage requirements. To support all children to be successful, we need their families to have livable wages in a just economy.
Ensure that the new formula includes universal pre-k for 4 year olds and means tested for 3 year olds, access to summer and after school enrichment programs for all children, restorative practices, community schools, cultural competency training, and small class sizes.
MCPS should use a range of communication tools to ensure that parents have an opportunity to participate in major policy changes.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion needs to be reflected in all aspects of the school, including curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and special events. The great diversity in our schools creates an excellent opportunity for students to learn and celebrate many cultures and experiences.
Standards related to health and wellness (physical and mental) as well as school food and air/water quality, can be strengthened but must be accompanied by sufficient funding. In particular, I see great opportunity to improve school nutrition through connections to local farmers and gardens.
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I support a trauma-informed approach across the board, including sufficient funding for mental health services.
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Yes. Those who fail to report should be fined and, in some cases, lose a license.
I will advocate for formula changes to support small class sizes, when the legislature takes up the Kirwin Commission recommendations in 2019. I will advocate to make sure MCPS gets its fair share of operating and capital funding.
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92
House of Delegates
Legislative District 18
Cook, JonGreen
Montgomery County
Seeking the Nomination -
Party Designated - 02/13/2018
4511 Furman Rd
Silver Spring MD 20906
(240) 516-8529
cookjonw@gmail.com
No
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93
House of Delegates
Legislative District 16
Cooper, Jordan
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/30/2018
4801 Fairmont Ave Apt # 706
Bethesda MD 20814
(240) 630-0380
jordan@cooper4md.com
www.JordanCooper.us
www.facebook.com/CooperforMaryland
twitter.com/Cooper4MD
www.linkedin.com/in/Cooper4MD
Yes
The State should not shift its responsibility of funding MCPS to Montgomery County, which already accounts for just over half of the county budget. Citizens and legislators should advocate against such a recommendation if it were to materialize.
Yes. It should be channeled into dedicated funds separate from general funds.
Yes. It would need to be funded by an increase in income taxes. It could also be funded by savings from my healthcare plan. This is an issue facing all Americans but we should pursue solutions at every level until we succeed.
I support local autonomy. I oppose the later school start date.
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We need to work with other jurisdictions to convey that a successful MCPS system brings stable tax revenues to the state from Montgomery County and those funds are spent across the state.
Yes
We need to reduce the student to teacher ratio.
Jack Smith needs to hold town hall meetings a la Josh Starr.
I support cultural sensitivity.
We should ensure that guns remain off campus and that every child has access to healthcare.
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I fully support access to mental health coverage.
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No. This law can be abused, creating liability for those who may not really have witnessed anything.
I am fully committed to keeping class sizes small in accordance with recommended class sizes.
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94
House of Delegates
Legislative District 19
Crider, BrianDemocratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 04/19/2017
14118 Canterbury Lane
Rockville MD 20853
brian@delegatebrian.com
www.delegatebrian.com
www.facebook.com/DelegateBrian/
https://twitter.com/DelegateBrian
No
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95
House of Delegates
Legislative District 19
Crutchfield, Charlotte
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/10/2018
P.O. Box 9365
Silver Spring MD 20916
(301) 933-6430
charlotte@voteforcharlotte.com
www.voteforcharlotte.com
facebook.com/charlottecrutchfieldfordelegate/
twitter.com/Char4Delegate19
Yes
Any such recommendation should be rejected. Contributions should not be reduced; indeed, they should be increased. Education is that important. Without a quality education system, the economy will suffer, drug use and crime may increase and quality teachers/administrators will not be retained.
It was implied to voters that the funds from the casino fueled Education Trust Fund would be distributed only to state school funding. It is time to make this promise real and create legislation that will ensure that this funding is directed as intended to the Education Trust Fund.
Yes, funding for this begins with the revenue generated by the casinos who are taking in millions and millions of dollars. This is a county and a state issue. More to the point it is an issue that needs to be addressed now.
Local school board autonomy should not be infringed upon. My candidacy is endorsed by School Board members Shebra Evans and Jeanette Dixon, I trust them to make decisions that benefit MCPS students, parents and teachers. I would support legislation to retain local school board autonomy.
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Yes, MCPS is the only Maryland school district that has shown significant increased yearly student enrollment. Current formulas for school funding must be recalculated to include other factors and variables to include yearly data and other anomalies.
Yes, we should encourage any and all efforts for creative approaches to locate State funding to support school construction.
Communicate to all families about all available programs. Shift/move school resources where most needed. Universal Pre-K. Invest in new school construction. Ensure all students eat a healthy breakfast.
MCPS priorities should focus on equity in communication about access and opportunities to all available school programs.
MCPS education leaders must clearly articulate zero tolerance policies against hate. Teachers and staff must receive education/training in cultural competencies. Cultural heritage must be taught and valued in the school. Students speaking other languages should be valued and encouraged.
Policies and regulations can be created to ensure the readiness and wellbeing of students for the learning environment to include physical and mental health, etc.
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I am very committed to ensuring adequate mental health professionals. One suicide is two many.
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Yes, we have a duty to educate and protect students. Such a law is consistent with that mandate.
My children both spent a year in classroom portables due to the growth in student population at their school. I am very committed to advocating for resources that meet and exceed the needs of the growing student population.
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96
House of Delegates
Legislative District 19
Cullison, Bonnie
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 08/11/2017
3404 Beret Lane
Silver Spring MD 20906
(240) 464-4007
bonniecullison@yahoo.com
www.cullisonformaryland.com
facebook.com/delegatebonniecullison
twitter.com/Del_Cullison
No
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97
House of Delegates
Legislative District 16
Currier, Nuchhi
Democratic
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 01/25/2018
P.O. Box 151392
Chevy Chase MD 20825
(301) 503-0031
Nuchhi@gmail.com
nuchhifordelegate.com
/www.facebook.com/Nuchhi4Delegate/
twitter.com/nuchhi4delegate
Yes
Montgomery County should fight to ensure that it gets its share of funding from the State. The county’s schools are in a moment of transition with a changing school population and expanding enrollment and the State needs to play its part in ensuring the school system can maintain excellence.
Casino revenue should supplement, and not supplant, school funding. The State’s commitment to education funding must be at the top of our priorities, and not be linked to potentially fluctuating casino revenues.
Early childhood education has been established to be a key component of a child’s future success. Like K-12 education, funding for the expansion of early childhood education needs to be addressed by an alliance between federal, state and county funds.
Schools should be able to respond to parents’ and community needs - which do vary at the local level - effectively. I will work to ensure the local school boards have control over decisions that allow them to be able to take action to deliver to their respective communities.
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Montgomery County drives growth across Maryland. Maintaining the quality of schools needs to stay on top of the state’s investment priorities. As the Kirwan Commission recommendations are debated, I will ensure that PPS for our students reflects the high, and increasing, enrollment in MCPS schools.
I have spent my career building coalitions to get things done, and I will explore and enthusiastically support all opportunities for alliances that will bring Montgomery County much required funds.
We need support systems for teachers that allows for differentiated learning in the classroom - whether those differences are across language, learning levels or learning styles. This will also require a commitment to hiring teachers and support staff from diverse backgrounds.
Regular updates about planned infrastructure investment and upgrades, across new media avenue. The school system also needs to have more regular forums to discuss key school level policy changes.
A founding principle of American is that our diversity makes us richer. We need to sensitize our teacher and students to celebrate diversity, and to reject bigotry and suspicion of those different from us. We also must update our curriculum so that it explicitly and implicitly teaches inclusion.
For students to succeed academically, they must feel safe, both physically and mentally. There is a need for larger discussion at the state, and national, level about what we must do to ensure this. Standards should only be imposed once there has been sufficient discussion with all stakeholders.
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There is increasing bipartisan consensus on the need for improved mental health services at the school level for all students, I stand in firm support of these moves. We need better training, and funding - and this needs to be achieved through alliances of federal, state and county resources.
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The versions of Failure to Report Laws that have been presented in Annapolis are riddled with issues - from unclear definitions to punishment that is far too punitive to social workers and teachers. We need to refine previous bills to pass Failure to Report legislation that safeguards our children.
commit to ensuring MCPS gets adequate funding at the state level - through the State Education Fund and supplementary sources, when necessary, so that they are able to continue to stay at the top of Maryland Public Schools.
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98
House of Delegates
Legislative District 16
Day, BillRepublican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
P.O. Box 211
Glen Echo MD 20812
bill@billday.org
www.billday.org
facebook.com/billdaymaryland
twitter.com/billdaymaryland
No
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99
House of Delegates
Legislative District 19
Dayhoff, Justin
Democratic
Montgomery County
Withdrawn - 09/28/2017
Regular - 03/10/2017
6001 Warm Springs Drive
Derwood MD 208551737
(240) 753-0671
justindayhoff4delegate@gmail.com
www.justindayhoff.com
@dayhoff4delNo
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100
House of Delegates
Legislative District 19
Domenici, Helen
Republican
Montgomery County
Active -
Regular - 02/27/2018
4700 Holly Ridge Rd
Rockville MD 20853
hdomenici@gmail.com
No
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