Gilbert A. Diggs, 62, is retired and has one child who graduated from public school. He was formerly an assistant superintendent for the D.C. schools. Diggs received his B.S. from Miner Teachers College and his M.A. from Catholic University.
1. Achievement: A research survey and analysis of student achievement should be completed revealing the specific causes of poor academic achievement. A program should be developed to remediate these causes. Frequent assessment of the efficiency of the program implementation, corrective measures, and program implementation, corrective measures, and program modification should become a matter of policy in regard to the established goals. In this systematic and scientific manner the higher levels of learning will be achieved.
2. Programs: At this time I would not advocate cutting any of the current school programs. I would advocate a prioritization of existing programs. Diversified classroom instruction would be my number one priority. Funds should be allocated to other items in a positive correlation to the priority rank of each.
3. Priority: My main interests and priorities as a board member would be the rigid review and analysis of the evaluation of student academic performance. Based upon these findings policy should be developed, implemented, assessed and modified to assure the remediation of the causes of poor student learning.
Philip E. Pannell, 27, is a community aide at Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease. He received his B.A. from Fordham University.
1. Achievement: Academic rigor should be stressed if we are to raise student achievement. The competency based curriculum is a step in the right direction. However, simple policies can be implemented such as more homework, required summer reading, required term papers and standardization of high school final exams. Most importantly, the hiring of highly qualified teachers, the institution of a meaningful evaluation process and more staff development opportunities for teachers are necessary. Also, administration should improve management techniques in order to up-grade the learning environment. Finally, parents must instill in their children the proper discipline so that effective teaching and learning can proceed without disruption.
2. Programs: I see no existing programs that should be cut. We should lower the student-teacher ratio and expand special, vocational, adult, athletic, college preperatory, bilingual, extra curricular and health programs. Also summer school should be available for those students who need and/or want it. Although improved management might cut costs, 88 per cent of the education budget goes to salaries and benefits and therefore very little is left for the expansion and improvement of programs that are necessary to implement a diversified and liberal curriculum that is essential to the development of the total person in order to equip our young people with the necessary tools to survive and prevail in the workday world.
3. Priorities: If I am elected, all the citizens should realize that I will insist on commitment and hard work from everyone. Many administrators must understand that the schools must be run more effectively and efficiently. Many teachers have to become more sensitive to the needs of students and start doing their jobs more conscientiously. Many parents must take greater interest in their children's education. Students must develop more self-discipline and be more willing to express their opinions because I will be listening. And citizens without children in the public schools must get more involved because public education affects us all. I will be active, accessible and accountable.
Victoria T. Street, 60, is an incumbent member of the D.C. school board, with one child who graduated from public school. She received her B.S. from Miner Teachers College and her M.A. from American University.
1. Achievements: Raising the achievement levels of students can be accomplished by: (1) providing stimulating learning environments which allow for student participation in goal-setting and evaluation; (2) making curriculum adaptations suitable to individualized needs, interests, learning styles and life styles of students; (3) furthering commitment of instructional staff and administrators to the systemitized approach of the competency-based curriculum plan; (4) utilizing the diagnostic/prescriptive approach for the discovery and teaching of students identified as slow readers, learning problems and learning disabilities: (5) enforcing policy regarding achievement levels and promotion standards.
2. Programs: Declining school enrollment should not influence officials to reduce funding levels for school programs. Quality education and inflation make it necessary for substantial increase of funds for student services, textbooks, instructional materials, equipment, cultural enrichment through the arts, foreign languages, athletics as well as the mastery of the basic subjects. Adult education classes are now appealing to the 16- to 19-year-old students who seek to complete their basic education and better their job skills. I would advocate no cuts in teaching programs or direct services to students. Look to other areas for cuts.
3. Priorities: My interests and priorities include: (1) accountable workers in stronger school programs which aim for skill mastery, human values, and provide opportunities for creativity, discovery, experimentation, cultural enrichments (esthetics, foreign languages) and athletics; (2) increased health services for schools; (3) adult and career education expansion commensurate with the demands of today's job market; (4) re-evaluating slow-learners with diagnostic procedures which identify learning problems and/or disabilities with follow-up prescriptive teaching; (5) actively coordinating with and informing community and city officials as to school priorities, needs and results of school programs.