October 9, 2020

Chico Sorrell

School District:Detroit Public Schools Community District
City:Detroit Public Schools Community District

How long have you lived in your district?

53 years

Have you received any endorsements?

C.G. Fails & Associates

Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

As a retired Detroit Public School teacher , it is important that I continue to fight for fair , and equitable education for our teachers and students alike.

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

Fair and equitable education for all despite social economics.

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

Schools would look better than they did before the public health crisis.

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

Students should always be more involved in their education in a positive way , along with their parents by contributing to schools functions , Committees , and ideas.

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


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

Teacher and student safety , Student access to learning materials , and better relationships with universities across the country.

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

Teacher pay , teacher input , and better union safeguards.

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?

It will continue to be a challenge to keep everyone safe from this pandemic. The district will have to continue to implement daily testing , and less human interaction.

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

Veteran teacher and retiree pay increase. Less on administrative pay.

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

Minor role given the social economic differences challenges.

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 make the curriculum more relative to the student body culture , and to the future changes of the world’s economy and financial structure.

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

The school district has to be more informed about student stress levels stemming from home and environmental living conditions , and come up with a plan to better support negative student interaction and reactions towards teachers.

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

The district has to be compassionate yet firm in dealing with student discipline. Zero tolerance on violence against teaching staff.

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

Special education students should be separate from regular education if it is a wide mental/emotional disparity. Special education students can compete with regular education students if the physical impairment is not detrimental.

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

Of course equity is a must , and worth fighting for.

Any other information you want to include or share?

It is very important that veteran classroom teachers are treated with respect by the state legislators , and district leadership by restoring teacher tenure , better pay , and quality retirement benefits and pay. Teacher moral is at an all time low because they feel disrespected , overworked , and overwhelmed.