October 7, 2020

Jennifer LaBombarbe

Pronouns:she/her
School District:Lincoln Consolidated Schools
City:YPSILANTI

How long have you lived in your district?

53 years

Have you received any endorsements?

no

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

To impact the lives of students.

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

The same educational opportunities are available for ALL students

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

The main focus would be on the social emotional health of the students , then adding in education to fit the needs of all students.

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

The voice of the students , family and community are very important to the decisions that are being made. We try to include a variety of stake holders in committees to give a better view of our district.

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

none

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

Horizontal and vertical alignment with all curriculum
Social emotional Health of students
Reduce the achievement gap

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

Rethink the use of standardized tests
New formula for state aid to Public School Districts

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?

The decision of bringing students back to school and trusting parents don’t send sick children to school. Continue to make data based decisions , reinforcement of mask wearing and hand washing , and if you do not feel well stay home.

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

Making sure all students are able to learn the same
Equipment for teachers to deliver education remotely
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Adding any type of new opportunities , programs etc

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

Right now with unknown testing conditions we can not verify the integrity of the test outcome. With that unknown it skews all of the data.

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 that with our new Curriculum Director I would just encourage her to continue with the work she has been doing.

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

I believe it really should be a top priority in our everyday learning.

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

A lot of the disciplinary hearings that I have seen could have been avoided if we worked on the social emotional element of the student and found out what the root cause of the disruption really is. Of course there are some that you just can not have in school , but now that we have learned we can go remote this opens a whole new possibility for discipline.

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

Each special education student receives the proper help according to IEP. This is not always followed and it is really heart breaking to find out they they are not getting all of the help needed.

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

We must all work together to move forward in equitable practices.

Any other information you want to include or share?