October 4, 2020

Ariana Hawk

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictFlint Community School
City:Flint

How long have you lived in your district?

30 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

The reason why I want to be a school board member is because I have a lot invested interest in the Flint schools. I have attended Flint school and hawk children who are current in Flint schools. I know how important it is to have a school board that represent not only the schools but the kids and parents as well. I still believe in the old Motto “It takes a village to raise a child” As part of the community I want to do my part and make sure that the kids in Flint get the education funding and support they need to be successful.

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

Education justice to me involves the schools and communities working together to provide quality instruction, equitable access to educational resources, advanced courses, and a focus on restorative justice to ensure that all students graduate high school …

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

Tough Question as I still can’t imagine what our Flint students have had to endure since the water crisis. Of course until a cure is found and is safely distributed schools must follow guild lines and require mask and check temps upon entry but I believe we need to have more staffing available so that are students have more one on one time so smaller class sizes which mean more teachers will have to be hired. Ideally we would have similar setting just a few extra requirements.

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

When I was a parent attending board meetings the one thing that I hated is public comments came before describe were made. Example if budget was the topic we wouldn’t have any input until the following meeting which then isn’t important because what’s on the mind of the board is the agenda for the day. So as parents we felt although we had a voice we weren’t being heard our Issues weren’t being addressed, move public comment to the end would be helpful. I also think doing surveys are helpful but we have to make the education process inclusive making parents feel like they have to be apart of the education rather then feel like they opt in when they want. When I was in school our parents were involved because they had to not saying we won’t the parents to be at every thing but makin participation mandatory helped.

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

I’m running my campaign in Grass root organizing talking to my neighbors frriends and family and using my resources as a Community Activist

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

Funding
Resources
Special Education

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

More awareness and funding towards the Special Education programs Making sure that our District Secures the Resources needed for our students to be productive and graduate High School

Bring the graduation retention rate up I feel like our students aren’t giving it their all because they don’t have all the resources and support from the community to be successful we have to bring back things like GearUp more college prep classes things to motivate our students.

Funding finding out ways that we can find funding to get our district out of debt and bring in teacher we can afford to pay. I want our teachers to want to come to work and love it not come to work and feel underpaid and not give it their all. Our district has to find a way to turn around the debt.

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 district has done everything they can by making this year remote which is keeping everyone safe. The challenges we are going to face are going to be the lack of participation(students and parent) and retaining our students meaning some students can’t log on to class everyday because mom is working so their not on or for instance some schools have resumed in person learning so our kids our leaving our district to go where they can be accommodated.

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

Bring our buildings up to code and creating a better budget for our teachers.

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

No role

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 believe our curriculums are pretty set in stone. I’m fine with that

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

Our school district plays a big role in the mental and emotional health of our kids and staff Student’s and staff sometimes spend more time together than a family does so it’s important we work hard to keep everyone safety and well-being as a top priority.

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

I think we have already took a lot of extreme measures with putting officers in schools I think we have to be more understanding with what has happened to Flints kid’s and the fact that the water has done damage to our babies that they need stages of discipline not extreme discipline. I’d like to not contribute to the school to prison pipeline. And find ways to work with our students.

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

Awareness Understanding and funding

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

Educational equity means that all students should have access to the right resources they need at the right moment in their education, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, language, religion, family background, or family income

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