October 6, 2020

Jermain Lee Jones

Pronouns:Him His He
School District:Detroit Public Schools Community District
City:Detroit

How long have you lived in your district?

40

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I believe the educational institutions are the foundation of any community. Society is built upon the minds of our thinkers. The by product of academia is an intellectual class that makes the decisions for the greater community. So it is vital to ensure that the youth have adequate training and education.

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

Education Justice means accountability to me. Holding the educational institutions accountable for the by product and implementing efficient means of literacy for those who rely on our schools.

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

Balanced, a curriculum that engages the student inside and outside of the conventional brick and mortar buildings. A more health precautios and safe environment with a robust effort placed on a culturally tailored curriculum.

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

I believe in a pure democracy. As the representative of my constituency I will always be accessible for the thoughts and concerns of the people. And willing to apply all logical plans to make our district more efficient!

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

I run a grassroots campaign! I don’t accept corporate/pac money. Our campaign is supported by average everyday people in Detroit. People who are ready for fresh new leadership that are genuinely concerned with the betterment of our community.

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

1. Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
2. Curriculum Overhaul
3. Keeping our students Healthy and Safe

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

1. Exposing the Monetary Neglect of one of the largest African American school districts in the U.S.A
2. Making sure our faculty and staff wages are at state avg or above.
3. Place pressure on the state to give the children of our district a challenging curriculum.

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?

We have to find a way to give our poor(er) children free laptops and free internet access so that the learning experience can evolve from an institution only format to a safer home-based curriculum; that allows our students to engage their instructors in the safety of their homes with their families….

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

First we have to make sure our teachers – new and old are happy!
Research shows when the workforce is paid well, employees perform better. This is a win-win for faculty and students… Secondly especially following the covid-19 pandemic we need to do all that we can to make sure no cuts are made to health and safety programs. Now is not the time to gamble with our children’s lives!

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

I believe in reassessing the entire academic format and using what works and scrapping what doesn’t. Research has shown that our children are performing below state average, I’d like to take a look at more engaging testing concepts that are tailored toward the demographic of the students in Detroit…

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?

Id like to jump right in fighting to implement a culturally designed curriculum for the district. Research shows that the African American learning experience differs from other racial demographics. I believe that we can do more with helping our students become more efficient and competitive in the workforce… By working with scholars and educators who specialize in the populist of the district.

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

I believe that there is a fine line between implementing certain services and violating constitutional rights. We must acknowledge individuals rights to choose behavioral health solutions while making services accessible on a voluntary basis.

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

I believe that we should appeal to the state and federal education bodies to ensure that our school safety programs have the sufficient resources they need to keep not only our schools safe but the communities around them. Detroit is home to several national gang and human trafficking networks who operate right in the same neighborhoods as our children. We need officers with state of the art equipment todo their jobs well!

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

Accountablity, bringing awareness to those who fall through the cracks and creating the necessary improvements DPS’s Special Education Program so that the parents have one less worry when releasing their special needs children into our arms…

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

I believe that achieving equity is a collaborative effort and really depends on the effectivity of the board as a whole. Similar to the game of baseball; being an elected official- like a batter at home plate- is an individual achievement. But a politician can go no where without the team in the field!

Any other information you want to include or share?

VOTE JERMAIN LEE JONES FOR DETROIT SCHOOL BOARD 🇺🇲!