BOARD OF EDUCATION
Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What could you do to improve the chances for success of D.C. public school students?
300 M St. SW
Assistant professor, School of Education, Howard University; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, University of Maryland; mathematics teacher, program evaluator, grants manager in D.C. Public Schools for 15 years; daughter graduated from D.C. public schools and went to college; volunteer in the community and schools.
A: Form coalitions with business, community and professional groups to aid the continued development of successful school programs; participate in the selection of a superintendent best qualified to run the school system; establish performance standards for the superintendent and require that he or she establish and implement performance standards for all employees -- there must be no deadwood in our school system; improve or establish oversight of the school system so that the negative trends, i.e., low achievement in secondary students, high dropout rate and unemployability of many who graduate, will be reversed; promote quality, responsibility, accountability and excellence among students and staff; re-examine the instructional program, including the curriculum; promote learning as a lifelong affair through the Family Education Plan (FEP).
R. David Hall
1315 Q St. NW
Ward 2 representative, D.C. Board of Education, 1982-present; board president, 1985-1987; vice president, 1989; chairman, Finance Committee, 1982-84, 1989; chairman, Buildings and Grounds Committee, 1988; Administrative Services Committee, 1990; real estate broker and owner, R. David Hall Real Estate Co.; associate pastor, Simpson-Hamline United Methodist Church; board president, Our House Inc.; board president and founder, D.C. Street Academy; member, Strategies Committee to Reduce Chronic Poverty; board member, Shiloh Family Life Center; community service awards from the NAACP, 1983, Kappa Alpha Psi, 1987, Neighborhood Planning Council, 1986; graduate, Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center; married; three children in D.C. public schools.
A: I would focus on these initiatives: assist the school system's administration to place resources, responsibility and capable leadership at the local school level; make teacher salaries competitive with those of surrounding jurisdictions and recruit and retain talented and committed teachers; continue my efforts to develop strong and active parent organizations, and work with parent groups to implement and obtain funding for after-school programs; introduce improved math and science programs in the primary grades; restructure our junior high schools to offer high interest, innovative curricula that meet the social, emotional and academic needs of adolescents; and involve the electronic media in reinforcing values and building character in our students. A community's value system must be supported and reinforced by those elements that most strongly influence children and youth; these include not only the family, schools and churches, but also the media.