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William Lockridge*

William Lockridge

Office Sought: D.C. Board of Education, District 4
Age: 56
Residence: None given.
Education: BS education, Tennessee State University.
Occupation: District 4 representative, D.C. Board of Education.
Web site: http://www.williamlockridge.com
E-mail address: re_electwilliamlockridge@yahoo.com

Elected offices/civic activities:

Chairman, Finance & Facilities Committee, vice president, D.C. Board of Education; chairman, Neighborhood Planning Council for Youth, Advisory Neighborhood Commission; former president, Alabama Avenue Renaissance Task Force, Simon Elementary Schol PTSA; co-founder, Washington Metropolitan Minority Contractors Association; former board member, Action to Rehabilitate Community Housing.

Why should voters elect you?

"Experienced/accountable. I have served as vice president of the school board, balanced three consecutive budgets and led the development of the Master Facility Plan."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Lack of equity -- in education programs, facilities, staffing and fiscal resources. In education programs, we lack specialty and small school programs and resources that schools West of the Park -- i.e., Banneker, School Without Walls and McKinley Tech -- receive. Available data on staffing indicate that generally District IV schools suffer from undercertified teachers and teachers assigned to subjects outside of their expertise. The lack of stability in school leadership -- Ballou (4 principals), Anacostia (3 principals) and Woodson (2 principals) -- in the past four years. And, we lack equity in vocational education programs and the modernization program."

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