Shirley Brandman *

(Shirley Brandman)
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shirley Brandman *

Age: 47

Residence: Bethesda.

Education: BA, psychology, Yale University; JD, Yale Law School; MA, special education/learning disability, AU.

Occupation: Former lawyer for children in abuse/neglect proceedings; former teacher/tutor.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member and past president, Montgomery County Board of Education; board of directors, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; governor, appointed member, Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board; steering committee, Latino Youth Collaborative; former vice president, educational issues, Montgomery County Council of PTAs; former parent representative, Montgomery County Commission for Children and Youth.

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Our most urgent challenge is maintaining a high-quality education for each student using fewer resources. Successful reforms have yielded significant progress in closing the achievement gap. Newsweek ranks all our high schools in the top 3 percent nationally. We must sustain these gains while meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. Recruiting and retaining effective teachers who can engage all students is key to our success. Experienced leaders are best prepared to select a new superintendent with the vision and skill to move us forward. Our priority must be to preserve excellence while extending opportunities to all students."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a proven leader with experience advocating for students. I can make the best choices allocating limited resources and helping select the next superintendent."

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