Question: What is most important in improving the quality of Montgomery County schools?
(1 seat; top 2 candidates in primary will run in November election) Alan Cheung James E. Cronin Sheldon Fishman Abraham H. Kalish Donald F. Krintz Paul Kuhn Alan Cheung 6325 Windermere Circle, Rockville Age: 53
Special Assistant to the Assistant Chief Medical Director (ACMD), Clinical Affairs, Veterans Health Services and Research Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs (VA); Leadership Montgomery (1990), Leadership VA (1983), VA Administrative Scholar, 1977-80; Montgomery County Public Schools, Human Relations Committee, Minority Students Achievement Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on English as a second language, PRAT Review Team for Area I Office, Board of Ethics Panel; Academic and Innovation Award and Outstanding Teaching Service Award, University of Southern California, 1968-77; Interagency Coordinating Board for the Community Use of Schools, 1985-90; Committee for Montgomery, 1990; national vice president, 1990, D.C. chapter president, 1983-84.
A. We are now living in a high-tech and high-touch age. The Montgomery County Public Schools System needs to be responsive to the changing society and to apply fresh ideas and new approaches in preparing our children for the 21st century. We need to give all of our children a sound foundation in science, technology and the humanities. We need to draw on the experiences of retirees, the business industry and government experts to enhance the classroom experience, add to the training of classroom teachers and reduce paperwork and the cost of public education. We need to improve the use of information and technology to bring a greater degree of accountability to the curriculum and the financial management of our schools. We need an educational program that will strengthen all our children's values in our culturally diverse society to achieve a better understanding of our differences and our similarities. James E. Cronin 2100 Washington Ave., Silver Spring Age: 49 Incumbent
Professor, history, 1970-present, chairman, History and Political Science Department, Montgomery College; member, Board of Education, 1982-present, president, 1986 and 1989; member, Board Audit and Research and Evaluation Committees; presently administrative associate, central administration, Montgomery College, duties, long-range planning; American Council on Education Fellow, office of the president, University of Maryland, 1986-87; member, Montgomery County Human Relations Commission, 1976-82; chair, Higher Education Council, Maryland State Teachers Association, 1980-82; PhD with honors, New York University, 1974; recipient, United Nations Association Award, 1982; proposal reader, United States Department of Education.
A. The primary element of education is the relationship between teacher and student. To improve the quality of schools, we need teachers with high academic standards for their students and themselves. They must maintain classroom discipline neccessary to learning and see children as individuals in order to challenge each to succeed as best as he or she can. We must have students who want to learn and are motivated to success. Principals must be leaders and support rigorous academic demands in the classroom. Support staff must maintain the same professional work attitude that we ask of teachers. Administration departments must center around service to the classroom and the school with efficiency and good money management. We are also challenged by handicapped students, learning disabled students and students from foreign countries speaking limited English. Their needs must be met through effective support programs if we are to maintain and improve our schools. Sheldon Fishman 9913 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring Age: 43
Chief, Management Information Systems, NIDR/NIH; National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health; one child each in high school, middle school, magnet school and elementary school; president, Oakland Terrace Elementary School PTA; member, school-based management pilot project; cub scout leader, den leader; coach, Montgomery County Recreation Department; vice president, Woodside Civic Association; elected member, Temple Israel board of directors; member, Consolidated Religious School Board of Education; chairman, Ohr Kodesh Interfaith Committee; graduated, public schools; MS, BS, mechanical engineering, Tufts University; completed both degrees in four years and worked way through school; MS, biostatistics, Harvard University, full scholarship, teaching assistant.
A. The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) must improve their performance and efficiency and return to a goal of academic excellence at each student's potential: innovation through shared decision-making in the school. We can restore innovation by empowering the teachers and treating them like professionals. The teachers and community should have a more meaningful role in the organizing of the school, evaluating a principal and implementing new curricula. My experiences as a PTA president and parent member of the steering committee for a "flexibility" pilot project convince me that shared decision-making can work. Academic excellence at each student's potential: Every student who comes to school prepared to learn should be provided with a safe, nurturing and challenging environment. MCPS needs new standardized tests that measure how well the schools are teaching the MCPS curriculum, but not rely on Maryland tests. Abraham H. Kalish 10807 E. Nolcrest Dr., Silver Spring Age: 84
Publisher, "Veritas, The World's Best Kept Secrets"; retired professor of writing and research, Defense Intelligence School; founding executive (unpaid), Accuracy in Media; author, "Good Schools: How to Get Them" (1974); published articles advocating the teaching of phonetics in Vital Speeches of the Day, National Review and other publications; three awards from Freedoms Foundation; president and organizer (unpaid), AFSCME, Local 731; founding editor (unpaid), Massachusetts Federation of Labor's Reporter; candidate, Montgomery County school board, 1970.
A. In 1955, Rudolf Flesch's "Why Johnny Can't Read" warned that we would become a nation of illiterates unless we restored phonetics as the only way to teach reading. In polls, 90 percent of parents supported Flesch, but U.S. school administrators ignored his warnings. As a result, we spend the most per child for public education, but U.S. students come in last in international achievement tests. In addition to the teaching of phonetics, I favor a 50 percent pay increase for school employees. This can be achieved through a program that, a Nobel Prize winner wrote, would be "highly ingenious." Under this program, school employees who could prove that their positions could be permanently abolished could stay at home and keep receiving full pay until retirement. They could not take any other government job, grant or contract. The school system would save 90 percent of whatever they earned in private industry. Donald F. Krintz 20184 Club Hill Dr., Germantown Age: 31
Systems engineer, E-Systems, Falls Church, 1986-present; Naval Reserve, 1976-present; election judge, 1987-88; BS, electronics engineering; member, Shady Grove Presbyterian Church; lifelong resident of Montgomery County; married; four children; graduated, Montgomery County schools.
A. Choice in education. Our system of public education is really an anomaly among government-run programs. In most programs, from Social Security to Food Stamps, we subsidized individuals and allow them to make choices. I want to see that same principle extended to education. Everyone agrees that hundreds of millions of dollars are going to be needed to accommodate the expected student increase over the next five years. This money will be coming from local taxes. Given the track record of those who run our schools, I want to return to parents their tax money, in the form of a voucher, and allow the citizens to decide which schools are worthy of public support. Quality and efficiency in education will only improve, when our politicians are forced to compete for our tax dollars. Paul Kuhn 4204 Flower Valley Dr., Rockville Age: 24
Self-employed; expelled from third grade as "indigestible;" antigovernment political experience, nine years; refused to register for the draft; distributed 5,000 leaflets instructing youths in making false IDs; ran for Baord of Education, 1988; "combat veteran," of three major demonstrations to "stop the Klan" from marching, D.C., 1982; Atlanta, 1988; Philadelphia, 1988; organized sit-in on school bus to smash assigned seating, Parkland J.H.S., 1979.
A. Freedom! Students need to have the same rights as college students. The current system is run like a Stalinist prison camp, so it's time for some peristroika in Montgomery County. All administration positions above principal should be abolished except superintendent and a few accountants. Principals should be elected by students. Students must have absolute freedom of speech, dress, expression, and choice (no more Bart Simpson T-shirt bans), including the right not to attend. Since the county cannot abolish truancy laws, it can only refuse to enforce them. All activities in life, including school, should be voluntary. Age discrimination is age apartheid.
(1 seat; these two candidates will run in November election) William Beane Carol P. Fanconi
(1 seat; these two candidates will run in November election) Ana Sol Gutierrez Vicki P. Rafel