October 4, 2020

Jason Alexander

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictEcorse Public Schools
City:Ecorse

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?

I believe that my experience working with youth and my commitment to this city and community has uniquely positioned me to be an invaluable resource to the students and parents of the city of Ecorse.

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

Education justice is making sure that each and every student has the same opportunities across the board. In the city of Ecorse that can go as far as making sure students feel safe on their way to school. During school. And on their way home. It also means they should have access to the same testing aides. The same books. The same curriculum. Our students shouldn’t feel they are behind before they even start.

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

I believe this is a great opportunity for us to start preparing students for life instead of preparing them for a test. We should be looking at more creative ways to deliver material to students.

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

I believe the best way to do that is with options. We should be more flexible in what we offer families.

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

I don’t have any. I haven’t asked anyone for any money for my campaign.

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

Social/emotional learning is huge for me. Vocational training is paramount. Literacy is the most important skill we can give a child.

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

I believe my district goals apply to every student in the state of Michigan.

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?

Making sure parents understand that learning at a distance is different from what we did in the spring is important. Students need to be engaged with their instructors during class time.

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

We absolutely have to concentrate on quality staffing. If that means spending more to hire/retain good teachers then so be it.

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

Standardized tests should be used as a measure of what our children need. Not as a goal.

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 love the turn towards vocational training that I have seen within our district. For years we have told students that it’s either college or you’ve failed. I do think that we could use more attention towards social emotional learning and life skills.

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

School districts need to make sure that resources are available to those that need it. Also they should make sure that staff and students know that the district supports them in their search for mental stability.

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

It is important that there are standards that are expected to be met to ensure climate and culture are maintained in our schools. We also need to be mindful that all students won’t react the same to the discipline we implement. We need to be flexible.

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

Districts should make sure that we are meeting students at the level of their need. We should make sure we are including families and social workers if need be in the daily activities of our special needs population.

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

Our district is a small district. I believe we currently do a great job meeting equity.

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