October 20, 2020

Richard Clement

School District:Detroit Public Schools Community District

How long have you lived in your district?

60 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Rep. Cynthia Johnson

Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

Give back to my community

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

The opportunity to learn relevant skills without interference

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

School nurses in every school building with testing kits and incentive pay to take tests two times a week

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

Collective goal setting will work for the benefit of the students and the district

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


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

financial justice , restoring legacy names to school buildings , teacher safety

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

refinance school funding , building maintenance , undoing Detroit specific legislation

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?

Incentive pay for taking Covid tests

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

Health care for students and teachers , investing in technology and trade programs

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

Measure student progress and determine where to invest resources to bring students up to speed , especially in reading

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?

Make swimming a requirement for graduating from Detroit Public Schools.

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

Having rules and regulations to insure student and teacher growth and safety.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?Invest in mental health and increased investment in after school sports.

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

Increased pay and activities to keep the student’s mind busy. Music and art are some examples of priorities.

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

There is always hope and good in the students of Detroit Public Schools

Any other information you want to include or share?

website www.clementfordpscd.com