WARD 8

Nonpartisan

Vote for one

R. Calvin Lockridge

Linda H. Moody

R. Calvin Lockridge

121 Raleigh St. SE

Age: 57

Incumbent

Ward 8 representative, D.C. Board of Education, 1978-present; current board member of National Churches for Voter Registration and Voter Education; Pennsylvania Committee for Economic Justice; National School Boards Association Black and Urban Caucus; National Association of Black School Educators, and National African American Congress; former executive director of D.C. Public Schools "Response to Educational Needs Project" and UDC Anacostia Extension Program; former executive vice president, Black Center for Strategy and Community Development; former director of Research and Planning, Chicago Business Industrial Urban Projects; married.

A: {If reelected} , I would continue to insist that the Board of Education become more knowledgeable about the educational needs of today's students, many of whom are at-risk youth. It is imperative that the dropout rate be lowered and overall student achievement improve measurably. During the next four years I would strive to: expand early childhood programs for 3-year-olds; provide day care at all school buildings; revive the Anacostia Schools Project; increase before- and after-school tutorial, recreational and extracurricular activities; lengthen the instructional school day and school year ; hire and retain highly skilled principals and teachers by achieving salary comparability with surrounding jurisdictions; completely implement the Comer Project, the Values and Afrocentric curricula and the Junior High Schools of Distinction; expand bilingual education, parental involvement and training programs, and schoolwide performance incentives; develop a two-year community college and prepare annual budget requests that will withstand any scrutiny and be fully funded.

Linda Moody

1103 Bellevue St. SE

Age: 41

Realtor associate, Apple Real Estate Inc.; chairman, Greater SE Community Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; member, Ballou Parent Teacher Student Association's Executive Committee; member, Ward 8 Democrats, Greater SE Hospital Auxiliary, East of the River Community Development Corp., National Steering Committee for Hospital Community Benefit Standards, New Image Community Baptist Church; former consultant to Jeffrey Gardens and Southern Gardens Tenant Association; former president, Simon School PTA, Ballou PTSA, Area 4-B PTA Council; comptroller, Jesse Jackson for President Committee, 1984; founding member, Parents United and Washington Parent Group Fund; former chairman, Advisory Neighborhood Commission-8A; former employee, Mayor's Office and council member Betty Ann Kane's office.

A: I believe that the measure of success for D.C. public school students is their ability to successfully compete in the mainstream work force or to attend the college of their choice. To ensure their chances, I would introduce policies that require: 1) 70 percent to 75 percent of all students pass a third-party standardized test at all grade levels (if this is not achieved, the accountable teachers and principals should be terminated from the D.C. Public School System); 2) all teachers, new hires and incumbents, pass the National Teachers Exam and be recertified by an equivalent-level examination every five years; 3) all newly hired teachers in the system to have an undergraduate major other than education; 4) a parent from each student's household to attend the child's school one day of the school year and perform a useful task or activity; 5) attendance. These policies would provide standards and performance levels to ensure students' and educators' success.