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William "Bill" Phalen*

William "Bill" Phalen

Office Sought: Calvert County Board of Education, At Large
Age: 66
Residence: Huntingtown.
Education: BS, political science and history, University of Wisconsin at Platteville.
Occupation: Retired Census Bureau statistician.
Web site: None given.
E-mail address: dbphalen@chesapeake.net

Elected offices/civic activities:

Member, Calvert County Board of Education, 1996-present; past president, Huntingtown PTA; past president, Northern Middle School PTSA; past member, Northern High School PTSA; past member, Calvert County Council of PTAs; past member, Citizen's Advisory Com

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the experience, having served on the county Board of Education for the past 13 years. The system has consistently improved over this period."

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

"The most urgent issues are the Maryland State Assessments (MSAs) and the High School Assessments (HSAs). These extremely high-stakes tests will be used to measure our conformance to the No Child Left Behind legislation. The HSAs will be used to determine whether a high school student gets a diploma. We are doing well on the MSAs, as reported extensively. The HSAs have been administered over the past several years. However, they become graduation requirements for the students entering the 10th grade in the 2006-07 school year. To date we have not received meaningful results from these tests."

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