October 4, 2020

Frank Raines, III

Pronouns: He/Him
School District: Farmington Public School District
City: Farmington Hills

How long have you lived in your district?

TWENTY YEARS

Have you received any endorsements?

AMERCIAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

THIS WOULD BE MY WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE DISTRICT. MY TWO DAUGHTERS GRADUATED FROM THE F. P. S. BOTH HAS GONE ON TO DO VERY WELL WITH THEIR EDUCATION AND PROFESSION. MY OLDEST IS IN EDUCATION AND MY YOUNGEST IS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD.

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

Educational Justice means that we are an equal body of insisting that each students will get a fair and dutiful education as long as they are part of this school district. Further, if any other services are warranted, they too, will be granted the necessary skills afforded them to enhance their learning prowess.

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

If i had my way, I would bridge a program that would allow for both segments of instruction to take place thus, germinating an atmosphere that the students would have alternatives within the settings where comradery would be able to be established and formative relationships could be achieved along with the academics.

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

Living in a homogenized society, it is imperative that socialization is a part of growth and maturity. We moved here in 2000 from several cities in that state of New York. My daughters weren’t happy having to come my home state of birth, but they later deduced that this environment was a “GIFT” as they were able to see their grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and grow within the Church that I was called to pastor in Detroit. Having that experience they soon discovered that making friends within the community, school, church and programs participation that they accepted the comfortableness rested in their spirit and deduced that in reality life is building relationship, regardless of the environment one might reside, work, play or fraternalize.

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

I could have had some Financers, but mine is self Funded.

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

Formittable educators, Having Counselors who truly know how to address students, having subject matters that will enhance the learning process throughout the academic year and administrators who have good judgement that can bring the families, students and community together to bridge a holistic environment within the grounds of the campus.

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

1. HAVING A SKILLED SUPERINTENDENT.
2 A SERIOUS AND DUTIFUL PRINCIPAL.
3.ONCE AGAIN, WELL TRAINED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS THAT WILL UNDERSTAND TRULY THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS.

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?

IF THE SCHOOL FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OF DR. FAUCI, AND THE NURSES STAFF PROVIDES THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES, I BELIEVE THAT THE SCHOOL WOULD HAVE DONE THEIR DUE DILIGENCE. HOWEVER, WE THE PARENTS MUST NOT OBFUSCATE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO ENSURE OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF MAINTAINING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES THAT HAS BEEN MANDATED.

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

The district first priority should be ensuring our children are safe and secure within the building. Next, they you have the adequate learning materials, such as books and equipment for the various classes they are pursuing.

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

Given the fact that educational systems look at the methods of how well our students achieve, to me, it would be imperative that standardized test should serve as a role for the advancement of our students being fully viewed as they prepare for the College Exams where acceptability wouldn’t thwart their opportunity to be accepted into a college of their choice.

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?

Primarily, It wouldn’t behoove me to suggest changes on the curriculum at this point because the history of education has been established and the core curriculum has already been established. However, if there were other courses needing to be implemented, then, given population change in ethnic groups would foster world study courses and diversity classes that will broaden the minds of other students within the community of the school. Lastly, given the bigotry existing in our present society a class in Racism might bridge some gaps of understanding.

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

This candidate believes it is vital. This changing society has wrought much confusion, our politics is brushing fires of disorder and our misjudgement of others is illicinting chaos that it’s easy to believe that people are suffering from assaults words, cruelty and striff.
Thus, is something that can bring hurtful expressions to some and emotional hardship to others. Therefore, it is our called duty to address these matters.

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

Being a retired Peace Officer from New York State we have a charge to ensure the safety of our students, staff and school building itself to guard and protect the residence of our facilities.

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

To ensure that they are being given a fair education and the necessary materials to matriculate as thee other students to garner the knowledge to make themselves knowledgeable to become a productive citizen in our community and in life.
Their education should not arrest them from what all the other students have had to succeed.

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

SIMPLY BEING FAIR TO EVERY CITIZEN WHO ENTERS THE DOORS OF THIS PUBLIC SCHOOL. THIS BEING A PUBLIC INSTITUTION, THEY HAVE RIGHTS, AND WE OUGHT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR PRIVILEGES AS WE WOULD DO FOR OTHERS.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I WILL MERELY SAY, I’VE WORKED FOR FOUR GOVERNORS 2 IN NEW YORK AND 2 IN MICHIGAN. I ALSO, HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO BE APPOINTED BY STAFF MEMBER OF PRESIDENT OBAMA TO WORK WITH THE SECRETARY OF LABOR, SOLIS. I’VE ALSO SERVED AS THE DIRECTOR OF LABOR RELATIONS OF THE LARGEST NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA.