Vote for one:
Ada W. Carter
Terence W. Hairston
1119 44th Place SE
Lawyer, private practice; president, D.C. Board of Education, 1990; Ward 7 representative, Board of Education, 1979-90; three-term Board of Education vice president and finance committee chairman; member, board of directors, Metropolitan Police Boys' and Girls' Clubs and Concerned Citizens on Alcohol Abuse; former member, River Terrace Civic Association; former member, Southeast Neighbors Citizens' Association; former staff lawyer, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; married; three children; JD, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland; BA, Ripon College, Ripon, Wis.; listed in Who's Who in Black America; Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
A: The education of students in the public school system is the responsibility of the entire city. While teachers and principals must be accountable for the success of the school and the classroom experience, administrators must be more efficient in the delivery of services. Textbooks, equipment, materials and supplies must be distributed in a timely manner. A management by objective system must be implemented to ensure a more efficient delivery of services. Parents must be stimulated into direct involvement in our schools. They must know their rights and hold officials accountable. The new mayor must provide resources to the school system and require the school board to set realistic goals to improve the schools. As president of the Board of Education, I have advocated the aforementioned principles, and directed the implementation of programs to reduce the dropout rate, improve service delivery and develop programs to motivate and challenge students.
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Ada W. Carter
1630 28th St. SE
Realtor; advisory neighborhood commissioner (Ward 7); legal consultant; adviser, NAACP Youth Council; chairman, planning committee, Friendship Education Center; board of directors, National Capital Girl Scouts; certified soccer referee and coach; NAACP Youth and College Division Appreciation Award for service to the NAACP (1988-89); D.C. Democratic Women's Club Award for service as political chairman (1976-78); D.C. Federation of Civic Associations Commendation for service to Penn-Naylor Community as parent, citizen and advisory neighborhood commissioner (1981); Southeast Neighbors Certificate of Recognition for dedicated service and participation with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7B community (1981).
A: As a school board representative, I would lead the fight for better education for our children in an improved environment. The following issues are top priority: books for every child; proper teaching aids and supplies in every classroom; freedom of expression for teachers in developing their programs of instruction; adequate equipment for specialty classes -- e.g., computer training, math and science labs -- to provide students the opportunity for hands-on experience; development of an improved management system of accountability, cooperation and communication between all levels of the school system -- this is critical to long-term success in retaining top quality administrators and educators; upgrading of school facilities; appropriate number of counselors in each school to meet the needs of the enrollment.
Terence "Terry" Hairston
335 Burns St. SE
Legal assistant, law offices of John C. Floyd III; cum laude graduate, Morehouse College; volunteer, Washington Metropolitan Area Police Boys and Girls Club; member, D.C. Young Democrats; U.S. Army reservist; member, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity; attended D.C. public schools.
A: The chances for success of D.C. public school children can best be improved by ensuring that students get the right start in the morning. This can be achieved by offering students free breakfast. We all know that hunger is among the most noted distractions afflicting the performance of children attending school today. A comprehensive breakfast program would go a long way in helping to ensure that economically disadvantaged students are equally prepared to accept the challenges of learning. Instead of closing schools, we could take advantage of the current low enrollment rates by making classes smaller. By lowering the student-to-teacher ratio, teachers would be better able to monitor students' progress. This would also allow them to diagnose deficiencies sooner and more often. Parent-teacher relationships would be enhanced, because teachers would have fewer parents to contact and more time to spend with each of them. The school system needs to be reevaluated. There are no one or two ideas that will make the system work.
Robert L. Matthews
23 55th St. SE
Business education teacher, D.C. public schools, junior high school division; worked with the D.C. public schools for more than 16 years as a volunteer and employee; currently a teacher and coach with the D.C. public schools; member, D.C. Federation of Civic Associations; member, Washington, D.C. Association of Realtors; member, Capital View Civic Association; member, James Reese Europe Post 5 Inc. of the American Legion; member, University of the District of Columbia Alumni Association; member, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Realtor associate, Bob Graves Realty Inc.
A: Establish and revise traditional values that would be adapted to this non-traditional educational system. Any student's success can be linked directly to positive self-esteem. A student's self-image means the student takes pride in his or her work. I feel that a solid triad team can create a better self-image for students. This triad team would responsively link the "parent-student-educator" not as individuals but as a solid team to allow student's abilities to reach new heights.