October 20, 2020

Michael D. Doan

Pronouns:He/him
School District:Flint community schools
City:Flint

How long have you lived in your district?

25 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Teamsters local 332

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to become a board member because I believe education is the most important tool on your tool belt in this world. No one can take you knowledge from you. We have to teach that to our new generation of young people like it was taught to us. Everyone wants to become successful over night but not be educated or taught that you have to work really hard for that type of success. I believe someone like myself a person that’s still considered to be young and Still learning myself , who else is better to teach that to our generation coming up now. I can relate to the tough issues students go through in their daily life. I believe I can be a person who advocate for our children and can come on this board and create real change in the way our district so desperately needs. Flint needs a board who can relate to the issues at hand.I believe that the children need to have an advocate. A person who really has their best interest at heart. We need to get back to the basics and make sure they are getting the things they need to be successful members of society. They are indeed our future and we need to make sure we are developing our future the children to continue on the work for Flint schools just as we are.

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

Education justice means to me that every child that goes through the flint school district has the best qualified teaches , guidance counselors and opportunities to elevate and graduate. To have advanced courses , skill trades , home economics , and financial literacy to ensure every child has the opportunities to figure out and develop their skills and abilities so that they can move forward in life productively.

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

If I could reimagine the way schools would look like after the pandemic; it would be to update the schools we have left In the district. Each student being able to have advance home health and skill trade opportunities. For each student to have the option of extra tutoring and working online from home during a sick day or a day where it’s just I’m possible to deal with the traditional brick and mortar setting , but still can complete their classes/courses to not fall behind.

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

I believe bringing different groups to the table in the decision making of the district , a mother’s group , auntie group , fathers , group. Also board town hall meetings sharing ideas , speaking to the community , having good old conversations with students and families creating an open dialogue between the district and the community.

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

Family and local businesses

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

My top three educational priorities within the district is bring back home economic , financial literacy , and last but not least skill trade programs. Those three are very important educational priorities because you use them in your everyday life. Even after high school and college.

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

My top three educational priorities at a state level would have to be (SAT , ACT , PSAT , MEAP). Which are all state test but also Early childhood development and Special Education because a lot of the time those two get looked over.

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 believe the challenges where not having a plan to began with always believing brick and mortar was the only option when covid hit , also not having virtual school an option in the beginning before covid , which led to not enough equipment for the students. I believe the challenge was not having enough “what if” plans in place for a pandemic such as covid19. I believe the district has to put a team in place that reports directly to the board on keeping students and staff safe this school year. That team being responsible for collecting data on students and staff health and if they may or may not have the covid symptoms. sanitation for all the schools and also having the student and staff practice social distances. Bringing a Certified nurse back into the schools. Last but not least; keeping virtual school a option for so many who have other health issues and can’t risk coming back into the traditional brick and mortar setting.

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 should be teachers , advanced study programs , special education , updating of old school buildings. An alternatively I believe everything thing dealing with the school district has some level of priority rather big or small.

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

I think standardized tests are very important as a focal point and should play a big role in the district to see where exactly is students achievement level are at in certain categories. However I don’t believe that should determine where the state will invest dollars. I believe that no matter what state dollars should be distribute equally and fairly through each district.

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?

One major change to the curriculum I have that I think would be a huge impact is to bring back home economic and Financial literacy. Just like in grand Blanc or flushing , Fenton ,etc. Go back to the basic bring back the skill center. Bring coding into the game. Partner with Kettering who’s here in flint for robotics for flint students. Last but not least bring arts and craft back. Not just band but studio , videographer ,etc. I honestly don’t know what I would keep the same now , everything in this district needs to be reformed.

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

I think the school holds a lot of responsibility in supporting the teachers and students mental and emotional wellbeing. I believe that there are not enough outlets for the children. Sports should not be the only outlet. We need band , choir , arts , drama , glee , journalism , yearbook classes as well as newer things such as music production , coding , robotics , photography and videography. These children need things to do that interest them , not just the traditional things. The teachers also need things for support. Life is stressful and everyone needs and outlet. We need counseling readily available to the children as well as teachers , meditation classes and yoga. We need to make sure our teachers mental is taken care of so they can take care of our children while on their care.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?I believe the disciplinary actions need to be redesigned. I do not believe that everything warrants a child being expelled. Maybe we need to find different ways like maybe a community service program for certain things. As far as making the children and staff feel safe I believe we need to be proactive not reactive about situations such as weapons and threats. More security guards or even train the teachers for situations.

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

I believe especially since the water crisis special education is so important! We have children with ADHD , PTSD , dyslexia , autism , and numerous other learning disabilities that don’t necessarily warrant a special classroom , but the teachers need to be equip to handle them and they need to have programs and outlets directly geared towards them. For those that need special classes and classrooms we need to make sure that they have highly qualified teachers to assist them in their learning as well. We want ALL of our children to succeed.

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

Auction off or selling old buildings and land to developers for the city.

Any other information you want to include or share?

No thank you