QUESTION: What should the school system do to improve the performance of black male students?

DISTRICT 2

NONPARTISAN

(1 seat)

Suzanne M. Plogman is unopposed

DISTRICT 5

NONPARTISAN

(1 seat; these two candidates will run in November election)

Kenneth E. Johnson

Verna Teasdale

DISTRICT 8

NONPARTISAN

(1 seat; top two vote-getters will run in November election)

James M. "Mike" Davis

Anthony R. Dean

Frederick Hutchinson James M. "Mike" Davis 518 Round Table Dr., Fort Washington Age: 51

Program analyst, Federal Procurement Data Center; commissioner, Prince George's County Human Relations Commission; president, Prince George's County Council of Parents & Teachers Association; vice president, Maryland Congress of Parents & Teachers Association; member, Prince George's County Committee of 100 (magnet evaluation); president, South Potomac Civic Association; elementary, middle and high school PTA president; employment with the U.S. Office of Education, Bureau of Elementary & Secondary Education.

A. The school system must develop an awareness and respect for cultural differences. The system can no longer consider as an option appropriate educational programs or the quality of service. It must instill a knowledge and humanism curricula which imparts an awareness and respect for one's fellow man. The system needs to provide its educators with the resources to create learning environments where all students succeed and where all students are held accountable for their actions for furthering that environment. Anthony R. Dean 25 Panorama Dr., Oxon Hill Age: 39

Real estate broker/managing partner, Dean Daley & Associates; adviser, Maryland Small Cities Program, appointed by Gov. Schaefer, 1986-90; substitute teacher, Prince George's County public schools, 1989-90; chairman, Minority Scholarship Endowment Fund, University of Maryland, College Park, 1988-89; wrote "Drummond Electrical Case," case study on organizational behavior in management, 1978; member, Shiloh Baptist Church; volunteer, Special Olympics; Community Relations Award, University of Maryland, 1974; led public/private partnership with D.C. schools that resulted in marketing curriculum development and implementation at H.D. Woodson High School, 1985; BS in economics, University of Maryland, College Park; married, with one child.

A. A comprehensive approach is needed to improve the performance not only of black male students but all students. First, we need to eliminate the unnecessary busing of kids out of their neighborhoods. This will allow schools to create more after-school activities that will enrich the minds and build self-esteem. Secondly, the 8th District is becoming more culturally diverse. We must adjust our curriculum to meet these changes or next year the question might be, "What should we do for Asian American Males?" We must increase the involvement and visibility of role models for our youth; through public/private partnerships; through our community churches as it has been done at Shiloh Baptist Church with its Black Male Youth Program and, lastly, we must get dads more involved with the educational process. Frederick C. Hutchinson 7903 Winnsboro Dr., Fort Washington Age: 35

State tax policy specialist, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; graduate, Potomac High School, 1972; BA, political science, Morgan State University, 1977; MA, political science, Ohio State University, 1978; PhD expected in political science, Clark-Atlanta University, 1991; member, Prince George's County School Board's Task Force on Multicultural Education and Prince George's Committee on Academic Achievement; chairman, Education Committee, Southern Prince George's County Coalition on Black Affairs; director, "Saturday Morning Self-Esteem and Cultural Arts Program" at Potomac High School through COBA, 1988-89; executive board, Potomac High School PTSA; member: Tayac Elementary School PTSA, Network for the Enhancement of Self-Esteem, and Educators and Parents in Action for Students.

A. African American male achievement can be improved by implementing a multicultural education program that has been approved by the Board of Education but has not received the necessary financial commitment for its implementation. Such a program would change the focus of the school environment from minimum competency testing to the development of human beings. African American boys need a forum in which they can collectively work out problems endemic to being both African Americans and teenagers. This approach was taken by the Coalition on Black Affairs in its "Saturday School Program" at Potomac High. Results were dramatic. Suspensions were reduced from 218 to 92 in just one year. This type of program should be mandatory for all seventh and ninth graders, and if it cannot be incorporated into the regular in-school curriculum, incentives should be created for principals and community organizations to implement such a program.