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    2020 School Board Candidates

    Lansing School District

October 9, 2020

Robin M.Moore

Pronouns:she/her/hers
School District:Lansing School District
City:Lansing

How long have you lived in your district?

Over 40 years

Have you received any endorsements?

N/A

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I think it’s important to be involved in what matters to you. What matters to me is quality education that is equitable for everyone. Being a member on the LSD school board would allow me the opportunity to serve students , educators and the greater community.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Education justice means access to quality education.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

I imagine schools as a safe place after the crisis for students to thrive and obtain the skills they need for success.

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

I believe parents , students and families should be engaged and involved in the decision-making process. This can be done by attending board meetings , focus-groups , serving on committees , and having meaningful conversations.

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

N/A

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

It is hard to determine what should not be prioritized at this time without taking the time to evaluate the current needs.

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

My educational priorities and goals would first begin at the local level. This way I can work to advocate and support students , educators and the community. The end goal would be to extend the work at the local level to have a larger impact at the state level.

What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?

I think the challenges facing the schools are how to operate in the most safe and effective way during this pandemic. The Lansing School district decided to reopen in a virtual environment. I believe that the Lansing School District made the right decision by transitioning to remote learning. The safety of the students , educators and staff is vital.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

The top spending priorities in our school budget should be making the necessary building renovation so our students and staff can return to a safe environment , along with supplying the necessary resources to support our students and educators. It is hard to determine what should not be prioritized at this time without taking the time to evaluate the current needs.

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

I think standardized testing should be used to evaluate student performance , however , we know testing is not always equitable which causes barriers for students.

If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?

I would be interested in expanding the curriculum to include multicultural experiences and history. The areas of critical thinking and life skills would also be an area of interest.

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

I would like to see more funding for positions such as social workers , counselors and educational support staff members who could best help students in their time of need. For educators I would like to see a robust employee assistance program and other resources that will support their emotional health and wellbeing needs.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

I think it is important to assess the way student discipline is handled. In my opinion it is best to provide alternative methods to discipline over a standard suspension or expulsion. Reimagining student discipline as a positive intervention with supports such as counseling , working with peers , community involvement , etc.

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

My top priority would be to listen to the needs of the educators. They are the ones on the ground doing the work. I would seek their expertise and support their vision.

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

I believe it is imperative that everyone has a safe space to embrace , learn and celebrate each other’s differences. I would like to see educators and staff involved in DEI work so they can better serve and understand their students.

Any other information you want to include or share?

October 4, 2020

Guillermo Z. Lopez

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictLansing School District
City:East Lansing

How long have you lived in your district?

36 years

Have you received any endorsements?

I am not pursuing any endorsements

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

To give all students a better opportunity for success.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Equity in all its forms and respect for every child’s identity and background.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

Frankly, at this time, we need to do a deep dive on this matter. One thing for sure, it has to be a clean and safe environment for students and staff, and welcoming for parents and community partners.

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

To the extent possible, parents and school personnel should be partners in the child’s education and make decisions which will further their success. In terms of school wide decisions, parents and students would be able to participate by being able to express their opinions on any number of situations.

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

Me

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

1. Education equity 2. Closing the education gap 3. Graduating students prepared for further education or the work force.

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

1. Better funding for schools 2. Less if any lawmaker interference in mandating excessive testing of students 3. Clear directives from the department of education.

What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?

We have screen to screen learning for the first marking period. If things change for the better, we will bring students in to the school building for face to face instruction. To keep students safe in our buildings, we must adhere to a strict protocol following health and safety guidelines.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

Priority: Student success and safety

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

Effective testing is needed to gage student achievement. Excessive testing is not necesary.

If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?

The addition of all historical events is necessary so students have a more rounded understanding of where all immigrants and natives fit in the make up and success of this nation. Also we should do more with civic education.

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

To the extent possible, the school district should be supportive of student and staff mental and emotional health/wellbeing.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

Our district has a fairly good process to handle these matters, ending with a committee of the board hearing discipline issues that cannot be resolved through current policy, or who by code need to be heard by the board.

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

To work with administration to insure that students are not needlessly categorized as such and that we comply with every child’s education plan.

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

That is one of my top priorities.

Any other information you want to include or share?