Recent News Articles

“School board ethics,” Fort Worth Weekly (Apr 24, 2019), https://www.fwweekly.com/2019/04/24/school-board-ethics/

“How Fort Worth school board members voted on a plan for cafeteria workers,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 23, 2019), https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article229579644.html

“Labor groups to Fort Worth schools: we don’t want any outsourced workers,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 23, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article229541014.html

“How the Fort Worth district’s handling of a former football coach became a campaign issue,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 19, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article229335229.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth School Board District 2,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article228980214.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth School Board District 3,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article228984384.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth School Board District 5,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article228984644.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth School Board District 6,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article228796874.html

“Fort Worth ISD Board of Education: Our recommendations for crucial change” [opinion] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 12, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229175499.html

“Does red or blue matter in local elections? Here’s how candidates have voted,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 12, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article228686329.html

“Recruiting is a year-round effort in Fort Worth ISD. These candidates say it’s not enough,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 4, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/article228831509.html

“Why Fort Worth cafeteria workers are worried about their jobs, food quality,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Mar 21, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article226339525.html

“Candidates file for May election,” Fort Worth Business Press (Feb 16, 2019) http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/candidates-file-for-may-election-mayor-faces-three-challengers-former/article_50d7a0f8-3249-11e9-8766-8ba6429c30cf.html

“Who’s running for office in Fort Worth?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 15, 2019)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article226339525.html

“School cafeteria workers tell board of outsourcing fears; officials say not to worry,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Oct 10, 2017)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article226339525.html

Fort Worth ISD School Board

Job descriptionSchool boards are the governing bodies of their school districts. Term is four years.
DutiesSets district goals and priorities
Adopts and reviews district policies
Publish annual educational performance report
Hires and evaluates district superintendent
Adopts district budget and monitors district finances
Approves tax rate
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official expenses.
MeetingsMonthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
District contact informationFaye Daniels
Executive Secretary to the Board
817-814-1921

DISTRICT 2

Who’s Running?

Tobi Jackson (incumbent)https://tobiforschools.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Jackson4FWISD/
Email: tobij@sbcglobal.net
Chad E. McCartyhttps://chadmccartyforfwisd.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ChadforFWISD/
Email: cemccarty92@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Tobi Jackson
1. Support our superintendent and hold him accountable for student achievement.
2. Support our superintendent and bond team as they undertake the largest school bond in the
history of FWISD at $750M and bring home over $100M in improvements to EHHS and Poly HS.
3. Continue to support governance utilizing the Lone Star Governance format.
4. Insure that all students have equitable opportunity to achieve their goals by utilizing the trustee seat
to bring in partnerships, key leaders and support systems where needed.
1. Apoye a nuestro superintendente y hágalo responsable por el logro estudiantil.
2. Apoye a nuestro superintendente y al equipo de bonos a medida que realizan el bono escolar más
grande en el historia de FWISD a $ 750M.
3. Continuar apoyando la gobernanza utilizando el formato de Lone Star Governance.
4. Asegúrese de que todos los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad equitativa de alcanzar sus metas utilizando
el asiento del administrador para traer sociedades, líderes clave y sistemas de apoyo donde sea necesario.
Chad McCarty
1) Student outcomes
2) Finance management
3) Population growth
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Tobi Jackson
As a three decade public servant with experience on multiple boards and professional tenure in academic, corporate and non profit arenas, my portfolio of experience and successes is strong. School board service requires a multifaceted skill set of vision and management. School districts are held accountable for student success. This student success is met not only in the classroom, but, with a well disciplined and choreographed support staff. We have: bond, health care personnel, construction, maintenance, nutritional services, athletics, transportation, alternative education, security challenges and interactions with public and private enterprise. My experience, knowledge of the FWISD , our employees and students along with and ability to secure partnerships, build relationships in the community for our school personnel and hold the superintendent accountable is unsurpassed.
Chad McCarty
15 years of educational experience
2 yrs - elementary teacher
2 yrs- college football coach
2 yrs- high school English teacher
2 yrs- middle school assistant principal
3 yrs- high school assistant principal
4 yrs- high school principal
In this order. Throughout my career I have served on several committees in FWISD.
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Tobi Jackson
The FWISD superintendent is one of two superintendents in Texas leading legislative and policy changes in our state, which places us in a great position to lead policy in the best interest of employees and students. The FWISD board will work with TASB, other large urban districts and experts in the area of property tax law to maximize outcomes for revenue streams within our district. School funding is based upon an antiquated formula and should be reworked to include stronger education funding to protect public education. Each individual reading this paragraph can thank a teacher for their ability to read. Over 80% of the readers are most likely public school educated and should be willing and excited to provide the education we received to future generations.
El superintendente del FWISD es uno de los dos superintendentes en los cambios legislativos y políticos más importantes de Texas en nuestro estado, lo que nos coloca en una excelente posición para liderar políticas en beneficio de los empleados y los estudiantes. La junta de FWISD trabajará con TASB, otros distritos urbanos grandes y expertos en el área de la ley de impuestos a la propiedad para maximizar los resultados de los flujos de ingresos dentro de nuestro distrito. La financiación escolar se basa en una fórmula anticuada y se debe volver a trabajar para incluir una mayor financiación de la educación para proteger la educación pública. Cada persona que lea este párrafo puede agradecer a un maestro por su capacidad para leer. Más del 80% de los lectores tienen más probabilidades de ser educados en escuelas públicas y deberían estar dispuestos y emocionados de proporcionar la educación que recibimos a las generaciones futuras.
Chad McCarty
Follow the law. I can't answer this until it is discussed as a unit.
4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STARR) TEST RESULTS IN ASSESSING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Tobi Jackson
Every school district must be held accountable in an objective manner by the State of Texas. The STAAR, is a tool to hold districts accountable and insure students within the district are learning on, above or below grade level. There are many other tools educators can utilize to determine growth of critical reasoning, rote memorization, mathematical skills, writing and oratory expression along with science skills. These are much more important than the STAAR assessment, however, their analysis may have more subjectivity. Each year, the state should review STAAR testing more in depth to determine if this is an objective tool with predictive qualities or if we should change the assessment. This review should include educators from districts throughout the great state of Texas. While this occurs, it has not produced a change in the test.
Cada distrito escolar debe ser responsabilizado de manera objetiva por el Estado de Texas. El STAAR, es una herramienta para responsabilizar a los distritos y asegurar que los estudiantes dentro del distrito estén aprendiendo en, por encima o por debajo del nivel de grado. Hay muchas otras herramientas que los educadores pueden utilizar para determinar el crecimiento del razonamiento crítico, la memorización de memoria, las habilidades matemáticas, la escritura y la expresión oratoria junto con las habilidades científicas. Estos son mucho más importantes que la evaluación STAAR, sin embargo, su análisis puede tener más subjetividad. Cada año, el estado debe revisar las pruebas STAAR más a fondo para determinar si esta es una herramienta objetiva con cualidades predictivas o si debemos cambiar la evaluación. Esta revisión debe incluir a los educadores de los distritos de todo el gran estado de Texas. Mientras esto ocurre, no ha producido un cambio en la prueba.
Chad McCarty
Not very effective at all, but it's the system that we currently use so we will have to decipher the information. Our planning will have to come from this data.
5. EDUCATION RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE DISCIPLINED MORE OFTEN THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. HOW SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THIS CONCERN WHEN SETTING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES?
Tobi Jackson
FWISD is working diligently and effectively on addressing disparities and disproportionalities. I took notice of this initial work at the state level under Governor Rick Perry, which featured the data of Joyce James. What we know is that children of color are disciplined more frequently and in many cases with harsher consequences than their caucasian counterparts. This racial bias is harmful to our youth and FWISD has addressed policy through an equity lens. While this work will take years to move from a central portion of the district to a systemic level, the work has begun and the promise of brighter futures for all children is visible.
FWISD está trabajando de manera diligente y eficaz para abordar las disparidades y las desproporcionalidades. Tomé nota de este trabajo inicial a nivel estatal bajo el mando del Gobernador Rick Perry, que presentaba los datos de Joyce James. Lo que sabemos es que los niños de color son disciplinados con mayor frecuencia y en muchos casos con consecuencias más severas que sus contrapartes caucásicas. Este sesgo racial es perjudicial para nuestros jóvenes y FWISD ha abordado la política a través de una lente de equidad. Si bien este trabajo tomará años para pasar de una parte central del distrito a un nivel sistémico, el trabajo ha comenzado y la promesa de un futuro más brillante para todos los niños es visible.
Chad McCarty
As a former administrator at the middle school and high school level, I realized that many times one discipline is issued for several different actions.
6. IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTING EVENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, IF ANY, ARE NEEDED?
Tobi Jackson
FWISD has partnered with the Fort Worth Police Department to train all of our educators to rapidly respond in place to shelter our students in case of storm, catastrophic event and indeed a mass shooting. What we know is that every school or campus where mass shootings have occurred had police on site or proximally located and yet the tragic loss of human life occurred. Our schools have given camera access to our Fort Worth Police Department which maximizes student, employee and visitor safety. Should a catastrophic event occur, we will be prepared with a formulated response at reaction like speed.
FWISD se ha asociado con el Departamento de Policía de Fort Worth para capacitar a todos nuestros educadores para que respondan rápidamente en lugar de albergar a nuestros estudiantes en caso de tormenta, evento catastrófico y, de hecho, un tiroteo en masa. Lo que sabemos es que cada escuela o campus donde se han producido tiroteos en masa tenía policías en el lugar o en una ubicación próxima y, sin embargo, ocurrió la trágica pérdida de vidas humanas. Nuestras escuelas han dado acceso a la cámara a nuestro Departamento de Policía de Fort Worth que maximiza la seguridad de los estudiantes, empleados y visitantes. En caso de que ocurra un evento catastrófico, estaremos preparados con una respuesta formulada a velocidad de reacción.
Chad McCarty
The best weapon to fight against issues, such as mass shootings, is clear communication. Our students need to know and understand that they have support systems within their school. A place that they can seek refuge, ask tough questions, get solid answers, and most of all feel safe. Many times we over look our counselors and the expertise that they bring with them. This department within any district should always have a solid backing and be allowed to present their findings. Counselors usually have a good awareness of the culture in your building.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Tobi Jackson
Privatizing nutrition services is a complex issue. One which should have the end result of superior food options daily for our 85,000 students and 12,000 employees. Our dietary workers enthusiasm and love of their jobs and our students is unsurpassed. Each dietary worker is a key component of a student's day and as such is important in their matriculation to graduation. If FWISD were to privatize the board will have to understand the benefits and ramifications to employees (Life Insurance, bereavement days, sick days, health insurance, 401k vs TRS, handling of employee grievances, etc). This is a complex decision and in the end, we must make the best decision for taxpayers, students and our employees. At this time, our executive staff have not presented their findings or recommendations, therefore, I am awaiting data from staff to formulate my assessment, determine how I will vote and insure my decision is best for all concerned.
Privatizar los servicios de nutrición es un tema complejo. Una que debería tener el resultado final de opciones de alimentos superiores diariamente para nuestros 85,000 estudiantes y 12,000 empleados. El entusiasmo de nuestros trabajadores de la dieta y el amor por sus trabajos y nuestros estudiantes es insuperable. Cada trabajador de la dieta es un componente clave del día del alumno y, como tal, es importante en su inscripción para graduarse. Si FWISD privatizara, la junta tendrá que comprender los beneficios y las ramificaciones para los empleados (seguro de vida, días de duelo, días de enfermedad, seguro de salud, 401k vs TRS, manejo de quejas de los empleados, etc.). Esta es una decisión compleja y, al final, debemos tomar la mejor decisión para los contribuyentes, los estudiantes y nuestros empleados. En este momento, nuestro personal ejecutivo no ha presentado sus conclusiones o recomendaciones, por lo tanto, estoy esperando los datos del personal para formular mi evaluación, determinar cómo votaré y aseguraré que mi decisión sea la mejor para todos los involucrados.
Chad McCarty
Nutrition services are all about providing the best service to the students. If the services are not good (this includes the taste of the food) the customer (students) will not accept them. I do know one thing for certain and it is that hungry students can't learn. Public school employment is not a charity case. Saving money by bringing in a new system is not the answer, either. We need to figure out the best method to service our students so that they are successful. If that calls for a major change, then so be it.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Tobi Jackson
FWISD is working to build 5 partnership academies with Texas Wesleyan University, which will be House Bill 1882 schools. We are the first district in the state to utilize this opportunity and I look forward to seeing the results as we begin this partnership in the fall of 2019.
How FWISD proceeds will be based upon data, research and what is best for all youth within the 209 square miles which is FWISD.
El FWISD está trabajando para construir 5 academias de asociación con la Texas Wesleyan University, que serán las escuelas de House Bill 1882. Somos el primer distrito en el estado en utilizar esta oportunidad y espero ver los resultados al comenzar esta asociación en el otoño de 2019.
La manera en que los ingresos de FWISD se basarán en los datos, la investigación y lo que es mejor para todos los jóvenes dentro de las 209 millas cuadradas que es FWISD.
Chad McCarty
Any school district that is sharing students with charter schools need to pay close attention to how charters are allowed to process students with emotional and behavioral issues, and how the charter schools are educating the students. Districts and charters will have to share students. They need to be on the same page when it comes to making sure that each child has a successful educational experience.
Being a former administrator of a traditional public school, you are not allowed to permanently dismiss students who impede the learning progress of other students due to their behavior. Those students can not be withdrawn from your campus. You must use every resource available to you to help the student be as successful as they can be. This is not the case with public charter schools, as they are allowed to create their own "student code of conduct".
A school district has it's own management concerns. The bottom line is that traditional schools need to have all of the information on students available at their disposal so that the best methods of success are used for each individual student.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Tobi Jackson
I am a lifelong East Fort Worth resident, a graduate of EHHS of FWISD and our two daughters are products of FWISD, with our youngest a freshman at the new IM Terrell Academy. We are firmly planted in education, FWISD and building a better Fort Worth into an Optimal Fort Worth. Please review my website https://tobiforschools.com/ for more information.
Soy un residente de toda la vida de East Fort Worth, un graduado de EHHS de FWISD y nuestras dos hijas son productos de FWISD, y nuestro más joven es un estudiante de primer año en la nueva Academia IM Terrell. Estamos firmemente establecidos en educación, FWISD y en la construcción de un Fort Worth mejor en un Fort Worth óptimo. Por favor revise mi sitio web https://tobiforschools.com/ para más información.
Chad McCarty

DISTRICT 3

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Cleveland HarrisEmail: clevebo@gmail.com
Quinton “Q” Phillipshttps://quintonphillips.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Q4FWISD/
Email: q4fwisd@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
If elected my initial priorities will be to learn the inner workings of the district, learning the processes and procedures currently in place for the trustees, and aiding in the unity of the board of education. I believe if the trustees learn one another and become single mission focused then we can be highly effective in bringing positive change for every student we serve in the district. I simultaneously believe that I do not walk into the position with all of the answers and I need to take the opportunity to be further educated on my direct role and purpose so that I can best utilize my term to improve student outcomes.
Si soy elegido, mis prioridades iniciales serán conocer el funcionamiento interno del distrito, conocer los procesos y procedimientos que existen actualmente para los fideicomisarios y ayudar en la unidad de la junta de educación. Creo que si los fideicomisarios se aprenden unos a otros y se enfocan en una sola misión, podemos ser altamente efectivos para lograr un cambio positivo para cada estudiante que atendemos en el distrito. Simultáneamente, creo que no entro en la posición con todas las respuestas y necesito aprovechar la oportunidad para continuar mi educación sobre mi función y propósito directo, de modo que pueda utilizar mejor mi término para mejorar los resultados de los estudiantes.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
I believe my best qualification for the position of trustee 3 in FWISD is lived experience. I am graduate level educated, have served on various committees in the district, volunteered in the schools in this area for more than a decade, and I am currently an educator on the university level. However, none of those attributes compare to my experience of matriculating in the schools as a student in the area in which I am running, and growing up in the neighborhood in which I wish to serve. That first hand experience of walking those halls as a student, and being a member of the district 3 community my entire life leads me to want to listen to and address the concerns of my community.
Creo que mi mejor calificación para el puesto de administrador 3 en FWISD es la experiencia vivida. Soy educado a nivel de posgrado, he servido en varios comités en el distrito, he trabajado como voluntario en las escuelas en esta área por más de una década, y actualmente soy un educador a nivel universitario. Sin embargo, ninguno de esos atributos se compara con mi experiencia de matricularme en las escuelas como estudiante en el área en la que estoy postulando, y crecer en el vecindario en el que deseo servir. Esa experiencia de primera mano de caminar esos pasillos como estudiante y ser miembro de la comunidad del distrito 3 toda mi vida me lleva a querer escuchar y abordar las inquietudes de mi comunidad.
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
The best way to address the issue of property tax funding is for us as a board to be fiscally responsible with the funds we are allotted to budget. I believe there has to be ways to utilize the millions of dollars at our disposal in a manner that puts students needs first, takes care of our personnel, facilities, programming and curriculum, and does not continue make more of a financial strain on our community. This is where a unified board of education that is single mission focused can truly thrive by working together to ensure our spending is fiscally responsible and equitable.
La mejor manera de abordar el tema de la financiación del impuesto a la propiedad es que nosotros, como junta directiva, seamos fiscalmente responsables con los fondos que tenemos asignados al presupuesto. Creo que tiene que haber maneras de utilizar los millones de dólares que tenemos a nuestra disposición de manera que las necesidades de los estudiantes sean más importantes, cuide de nuestro personal, instalaciones, programación y plan de estudios, y no siga ejerciendo más presión financiera en nuestra comunidad. . Aquí es donde una junta de educación unificada centrada en una sola misión puede prosperar verdaderamente trabajando juntos para garantizar que nuestros gastos sean fiscalmente responsables y equitativos.
4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STARR) TEST RESULTS IN ASSESSING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
In my opinion, the STAAR test results provide an incomplete picture of what is truly happening in the schools and with our students. STAAR test results do not speak to campus culture and how well the administration and staff work together. The test cannot asses the various gifts and talents our young people have and utilize in various ways throughout their lives. While the STAAR test may have a place within the school system because it can detect some academic measures, it cannot attest to the "whole child" and the social-emotional and community learning that happens with our students. The STARR test, if utilized at all, should be a component of our educational assessment and not necessarily the primary focus.
En mi opinión, los resultados de las pruebas STAAR proporcionan una imagen incompleta de lo que realmente está sucediendo en las escuelas y con nuestros estudiantes. Los resultados de las pruebas STAAR no hablan de la cultura del campus y de lo bien que trabajan conjuntamente la administración y el personal. La prueba no puede evaluar los diversos dones y talentos que nuestros jóvenes tienen y utilizan de varias maneras a lo largo de sus vidas. Si bien la prueba STAAR puede tener un lugar dentro del sistema escolar porque puede detectar algunas medidas académicas, no puede dar testimonio del "niño completo" y del aprendizaje social-emocional y comunitario que ocurre con nuestros estudiantes. La prueba STARR, si se utiliza en absoluto, debe ser un componente de nuestra evaluación educativa y no necesariamente el enfoque principal.
5. EDUCATION RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE DISCIPLINED MORE OFTEN THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. HOW SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THIS CONCERN WHEN SETTING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
I think that as a district we must understand the discrepancy that currently exist along racial lines when it comes to classroom discipline, and then view all current policies and future decision making through a equitable lens. I do not believe that one group of children behave worse than another group of children based on any demographical information. If my belief is true, then we as the adults must begin to look at what behaviors we must adjust to achieve better behavioral outcomes from our students. Anything that we implement systemically must be culturally aware of whom we intend to serve.
Creo que, como distrito, debemos entender la discrepancia que existe actualmente a lo largo de las líneas raciales cuando se trata de la disciplina en el aula, y luego ver todas las políticas actuales y la toma de decisiones futuras desde una perspectiva equitativa. No creo que un grupo de niños se comporte peor que otro grupo de niños en base a cualquier información demográfica. Si mi creencia es cierta, entonces nosotros, como adultos, debemos comenzar a ver qué comportamientos debemos ajustar para lograr mejores resultados de comportamiento de nuestros estudiantes. Todo lo que implementemos de manera sistémica debe ser culturalmente consciente de a quién pretendemos servir.
6. IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTING EVENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, IF ANY, ARE NEEDED?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
When it comes to school safety I believe we need to heighten student and staff awareness of issues dealing with campus safety by making sure the latest information and training is readily available to campus and district administration. Another effective way of dealing with preventative measures of school shootings and campus security would be to become intentional about forming relationships with all students. This will allow us to be able to notice issues and behavioral changes early. We must also allow school counselors to do their duties as counselors instead of pulling them from that duty for roles outside of their job descriptions. This will allow them to have a finger on the pulse of the campus to better address student needs and work in conjunction with school social workers as needs arise. In addition to those components, the best way to address school shootings and campus safety is to work on the social emotional aspect of education particularly concerning bullying/harassment and by properly diagnosing and addressing mental health issues earlier and more directly.
En lo que respecta a la seguridad escolar, creo que debemos aumentar la conciencia de los alumnos y el personal sobre los problemas relacionados con la seguridad del campus asegurándonos de que la información y la capacitación más recientes estén disponibles para la administración del campus y del distrito. Otra forma efectiva de lidiar con las medidas preventivas de los tiroteos en la escuela y la seguridad del campus sería volverse intencional sobre la formación de relaciones con todos los estudiantes. Esto nos permitirá poder detectar problemas y cambios de comportamiento en una etapa temprana. También debemos permitir que los consejeros escolares cumplan con sus deberes como consejeros en lugar de apartarlos de ese deber para roles fuera de sus descripciones de trabajo. Esto les permitirá tener un dedo en el pulso del campus para abordar mejor las necesidades de los estudiantes y trabajar junto con los trabajadores sociales de la escuela cuando surjan las necesidades. Además de esos componentes, la mejor manera de abordar los tiroteos en las escuelas y la seguridad en el campus es trabajar en el aspecto socioemocional de la educación, especialmente en relación con el acoso escolar y el hostigamiento y diagnosticando y abordando adecuadamente los problemas de salud mental de manera más temprana y directa.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
I want to be able to assess more information on the pros and cons of the privatizing nutrition services issue because there is still much I do not know other than what has been publicly reported. However, I can say that any decision that I would make concerning the matter would have students as the ultimate priority in my decision making. In addition, I do not want to see our district employees lose employment because their livelihood is extremely important in my opinion, and they are an essential part of our community.
Quiero poder evaluar más información sobre las ventajas y desventajas de la privatización de los servicios de nutrición porque todavía hay mucho que no sé, aparte de lo que se ha informado públicamente. Sin embargo, puedo decir que cualquier decisión que tome sobre el tema tendrá a los estudiantes como la máxima prioridad en mi toma de decisiones. Además, no quiero ver a nuestros empleados del distrito perder empleo porque su modo de vida es extremadamente importante en mi opinión, y son una parte esencial de nuestra comunidad.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
I believe that parents and students deserve to have choices when it comes to education. Charter schools offer another option to parents and students along with homeschooling, private schools, and online learning. Our reaction as a district should be to become and remain the best option available for families among the litany of choices. If we focus on making district public school education the very best avenue in student development then we will not have to overly concern ourselves with any of the alternatives.

Creo que los padres y los estudiantes merecen tener opciones cuando se trata de la educación. Las escuelas charter ofrecen otra opción para padres y estudiantes junto con educación en el hogar, escuelas privadas y aprendizaje en línea. Nuestra reacción como distrito debe ser ser y seguir siendo la mejor opción disponible para las familias entre la letanía de opciones. Si nos enfocamos en hacer de la educación de las escuelas públicas del distrito el mejor camino para el desarrollo de los estudiantes, no tendremos que preocuparnos demasiado por ninguna de las alternativas.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Cleveland Harris
Quinton “Q” Phillips
The district 3 seat on the Board of Education for Fort Worth ISD belongs to the people of district 3. No one is entitled to that seat including myself, so I ask that as the community of district 3 decides our representation that they consider supporting and voting for me. The people of district 3 raised and groomed me for service to this community and I would love to serve in the capacity of trustee for the betterment of our students and our education in the city of Fort Worth.
El asiento del distrito 3 en la Junta de Educación para el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Worth pertenece a la gente del distrito 3. Nadie tiene derecho a ese puesto, incluyéndome a mí mismo, por lo que pido que la comunidad del distrito 3 decida nuestra representación que considere apoyar y votar. para mi. La gente del distrito 3 me crió y me preparó para el servicio a esta comunidad y me encantaría servir en calidad de fideicomisario para el mejoramiento de nuestros estudiantes y nuestra educación en la ciudad de Fort Worth.

DISTRICT 5

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Carin “CJ” Evanshttps://www.cjevansforfwisd.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/CJ-Evans-for-FWISD-2127519367507960/
Carla Mortonhttp://votemortontx.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/VoteMortonTX/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/carlahearlmorton
YouTube channel: Dr. Carla Morton
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf5mrLeNSb3x957YCMNdWNg?view_as=subscriber
Email: VoteMortonTX@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
First, I am committed to transparent and ethical governance. I have completed the Lone Star Governance training, I embrace this framework for accountability, and I will use my position on the board to improve student outcomes rather than enriching myself or my family or friends. I also promise to spend tax dollars responsibly and equitably, because I experience the burden of ever-increasing property taxes myself. Third, I will insist that college-bound students graduate ready to begin freshman-level classes. Indeed, many students require remediation after graduation, and they end up paying for high school-level classes themselves. I also want students entering skilled trades be ready to begin work immediately after graduation or be able to start formal apprenticeships. In addition, students with developmental disorders, who may not be capable of obtaining competitive employment, to leave school able to function as independently as possible. Next, because the overall health of students and their families is integral to a student’s academic performance, I support partnering with local hospitals to staff school-based clinics that could provide physical and mental health care services. Finally, I am committed to maintaining the safety of all students regardless of ethnicity, religion, cognitive ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
Because of a strong public education system, I became the first college graduate in my family, and I went on to complete a PhD in neuropsychology. I have spent my career helping children achieve their potential, and my desire to serve on the school board is an extension of the care that I provide to my patients. In my job as a neuropsychologist, I evaluate the cognitive and behavioral status of children and young adults who have medical conditions that could impair their functioning, including school performance. I also helped to create a district-wide Special Education PTA. Because I work with children who live across the region, I have become familiar with a variety of educational settings ranging from private schools, homeschool programs, and charter schools as well as traditional public schools, particularly FWISD. I also work with many low-income families as part of my job, and I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable and financially powerless members of our society. Finally, I have two children attending elementary school in the FWISD, one of whom receives special education services and the other is in the gifted and talented program.
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
First, I hope that Senate Bill 2 does not pass, because I do not trust the state legislature to make up public education funds that would be lost. Texas already ranks 43rd in the United States for education funding, and we are often left fighting among ourselves for scraps. Limiting property tax revenue growth would likely worsen the situation. One option would be to convince voters to allow a larger increase in property tax rates. Indeed, although 78% of FWISD students are economically disadvantaged, investing in public education is the best way to increase the economic health of a community. In addition, better-educated students go on to have higher-paying jobs and are able to contribute more to the tax base. The board would also have to have a detailed plan as to why more money is necessary to improves student outcomes and how every penny would be used. Another option that could help some schools that have a more supportive community as well as financial resources to help, would be to encourage direct giving to the school (e.g., through a PTA). More public-private partnerships to make up shortfalls may also help to alleviate some of the potential negative consequences.
4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STARR) TEST RESULTS IN ASSESSING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
Although STAAR tests are often vilified, as a neuropsychologist, I evaluate children using individually administered standardized tests every day. In addition to being federally mandated, standardized testing plays an important role in our ability to quantify student achievement. However, the importance of the STAAR test is over-emphasized and the A through F system is too simplistic. Because the STAAR test is only one tool to assess student progress, other factors should be considered. In addition, the validity of STAAR data is diminished because test scores from children who move into and out of schools frequently are included. Recent research has also demonstrated that the reading level on the math STAAR is too high, resulting in an unfair assessment. The fact that so much time is spent teaching to the test, rather than using the test as a gauge of our effectiveness in helping children master the material we want them to learn, indicates that the STAAR test is not serving its intended purpose. Indeed, our current “test and punish” approach does not inspire children to learn but rather to fear failure.
5. EDUCATION RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE DISCIPLINED MORE OFTEN THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. HOW SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THIS CONCERN WHEN SETTING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
I recently attended the FWISD Racial Equity Summit, and I applaud the creation of the FWISD Division of Equity and Excellence because it is a good first step in addressing this inequity. However, much more work remains. Indeed, recent research by Dr. Altheria Caldera has demonstrated the need to consider the interaction of race and gender, specifically for African-American females, when evaluating disciplinary practices within the district. The district must continue to collect data regarding disciplinary actions for all groups of students and examine that data to help determine where inequities persist. When inconsistencies are identified, clarified policies and continuing education are necessary. In addition, mental health factors must be considered when evaluating disciplinary policies. More specifically, because individuals living in poverty are more likely to experience mental health issues, and because children of color are more likely to be economically disadvantaged, the role of mental health must be addressed. For example, school-based health clinics could improve the mental health of students by providing psychiatric and psychotherapy services to children who may not otherwise be able to obtain those services. If those needs are adequately addressed, students are less likely to miss school for healthcare or disciplinary reasons.
6. IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTING EVENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, IF ANY, ARE NEEDED?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
While much more common than is acceptable, mass shooting events on school campuses are statistically rare. As such, our response should reflect the true risk level. I strongly support the agreement between FWISD and the City of Fort Worth to share costs for the School Resource Officer Program. Because law enforcement professionals receive continuing education and training, they are the most qualified individuals to confront individuals wishing to harm others. However, considering research regarding the lack of benefit, I strongly oppose arming classroom teachers. Monitoring social media as a way to deter violence at school is effective and should continue to be pursues. We should also be mindful of how we prepare students for potential threats (e.g., intruder drills) to ensure that we are not causing harmful trauma rather than engendering an overall “culture of preparedness.” Finally, a specific plan for frequent communication with parents from administrators is essential in allaying fears among parents when potentially dangerous events occur.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
While I appreciate the complexity of balancing school budgets due to the appalling lack of funding for public education in Texas, I do not support the privatizing of nutrition services. While some may disparage the quality of school lunches, I do not believe it would improve with a vendor specifically hired to cut costs. My own son also chooses to purchase lunch at school every day! In addition, several teachers have emphasized to me the importance of the cafeteria workers within the culture of a school, particularly in elementary grades. I also worry about safety issues when allowing an outside vendor to choose who works within our schools, both with regards to food safety as well as trustworthiness of the individuals themselves. Finally, I want to protect the jobs of our current cafeteria workers. These are not high-paying jobs, but the cafeteria workers would earn even less with fewer benefits and protections if they were employed outside of the district. Most of the cafeteria workers are Hispanic women, many of whom have children attending FWISD schools. The nutrition services jobs provide a modest but stable income for these families and allow mothers to be home with their children after school.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
Ultimately, the best way to dissuade parents from choosing a charter school over a FWISD school is to make sure that all FWISD schools are safe and offer a top-quality education. Unfortunately, due to state funding formulas, traditional public schools are placed at a disadvantage. Indeed, charter schools often take money away from the local school district while leaving the neediest students in the traditional public schools but with fewer financial resources. Nevertheless, while I am cautious of any efforts to privatize public institutions and I oppose partnerships with for-profit charter corporations, I do support the plan to partner with Texas Wesleyan University. Close monitoring by the board will be imperative to ensure that the Leadership Academy Network meets defined goals and that the partnership continues to serve the best interests of FWISD students. It is also extremely important that teachers and other instructional personal remain employees of FWISD and not lose any benefits. Depending upon the outcome of the Texas Wesleyan partnership, I may consider additional partnerships with other community institutions, including those with expertise in special education and behavioral issues in children.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Carin “CJ” Evans
Carla Morton
Over the years, the FWISD school board has earned a reputation of inefficiency, and infighting, and it is not benefiting students or the interests of the community as a whole. I represent a change from the “Fort Worth Way,” and I will oppose board actions taken because of personal vendettas, particularly when those actions waste taxpayer money. In addition, District 5 will include students attending both the Tanglewood Elementary School as well as a new elementary school scheduled to open in Fall 2020. As a resident of the community directly affected by this split, I am acutely aware of my neighbors’ concerns, and I am committed to ensuring that the process proceeds as smoothly as possible. I understand the importance of maintaining the current culture of academic excellence and strong community support at BOTH schools. Finally, I am excited by the personal challenge of representing such an ethnically and economically diverse district, including schools with populations of economically disadvantaged students ranging from 6% to 93%. In addition, because of my professional and personal background, I am particularly well-suited to represent a district that includes two schools exclusively serving students who have significant cognitive impairments and/or severe behavioral concerns.

DISTRICT 6

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Anne Darrhttps://darrforschools.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DarrforFWISD/about
Email: anne@darrforschools.com
Email: radarr02@gmail.com
Lisa Saucedohttp://lisaforfwisd.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/LisaForFWISD/
Email: Lisa@lisasaucedo.com
Sandra A. Sheltonwww.sandrashelton.com
https://electsandrashelton.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/electSandraShelton/
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sandrashelton/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SandraAShelton1
Email: sandra@sandrashelton.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Anne Darr
1. Keeping children and teachers safe at school.
2. Advocating for lean budgets that focus dollars in the classroom, not on central administration.
3. Improving academic performance by creating school climates where teachers want to teach and students want to learn.
4. Creating, implementing, and enforcing campus and district policies that empower teachers and administrators to better manage classroom and campus discipline issues.
1. Mantener a los niños y maestros seguros en la escuela.
2. Abogar por presupuestos ajustados que se centren en el aula, no en la administración central.
3. Mejorar el rendimiento académico mediante la creación de climas escolares donde los maestros quieran enseñar y los estudiantes quieran aprender.
4. Crear, implementar y hacer cumplir las políticas del plantel y del distrito que permitan a los maestros y administradores gestionar mejor los problemas de disciplina en el aula y en el plantel.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
a. Analyze current budget for better allocation to classroom needs which includes but is not limited to low student/teacher class loads, teacher workload, value of current advanced placement and gold seal classroom resources.
b. Re-introduce Phonics and cursive writing into the elementary classrooms.
c. End Achieve 3000 in favor of TEKS standards curriculum that includes Phonics Fall 2019.
d. Escalate dyslexia identification before third grade.
e. Remove added 8th period in secondary schools in lieu of best practices alternatives.
f. Community and law enforcement discussions to handle current aberrant behaviors in schools.
g. Monitor progress on 2017 bond money for priorities in projects.
h. Gather the new board's trustees for consensus building and how to better work as a team for the entire district.
¿Cuáles son sus prioridades si se eligen?

a. analizar el presupuesto actual para una mejor asignación a las necesidades del aula que incluye, pero no se limita a las cargas de clase de estudiante/maestro bajo, carga de trabajo del maestro, valor de la colocación actual avanzada y recursos de la clase de sello dorado. 
b. reintroducir la fonética y la escritura cursiva en las aulas elementales. 
c. Terminar el programa Achieve 3000 en favor del currículo de estándares TEKS que incluye fonética Otoño2019.
d. escalar la identificación de la dislexia antes del tercer grado.
e. Eliminar añadido 8º período en las escuelas secundarias en lugar de las mejores prácticas alternativas. 
f. discusiones comunitarias y policiales para manejar comportamientos aberrantes actuales en las escuelas.
g. monitorear el progreso en 2017 bonos de dinero para prioridades en proyectos. 
h. reunir a los administradores de la nueva junta para la construcción de consenso y cómo trabajar mejor como un equipo para todo el distrito.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Anne Darr
I am a mother of three FWISD students, and my husband is also a professional educator.
I have been an active volunteer in my children’s schools: UCC Weekday School, Tanglewood Elementary, McLean 6th Grade, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School.
I have devoted my professional career to education -- specifically to educating those who have special learning needs and are differently-abled. I have worked as a classroom teacher, a home bound teacher, an itinerant teacher, and a parent advisor serving babies and families. My experience at every level of education from the home to the classroom to the conference room distinguishes me from my opponents.
I currently work as an educational consultant and instructional coach at the Education Service Center Region 11. ESC Region 11 is composed of professionals that are experts in all areas of education. My experience affords me unique qualifications and knowledge of resources not shared by other candidates.
I believe that balanced School Board representation should include educators. My experience as an educator, specifically as one devoted to special education, my involvement as a parent, and my current employment as an educational consultant make me the most qualified candidate in District 6.
Soy una madre de tres estudiantes de FWISD, y mi esposo también es un educador profesional. He sido voluntaria activa en las escuelas de mis hijos.
He dedicado mi carrera profesional a la educación, específicamente a educar a quienes tienen necesidades especiales de aprendizaje y tienen capacidades diferentes. He trabajado como maestra de aula, maestra en casa, maestra itinerante y asesora de padres que atienden a bebés y familias. Mi experiencia en todos los niveles de educación desde el hogar hasta el aula y la sala de conferencias me distingue de mis oponentes.
Actualmente, trabajo como consultora educativa y entrenadora de instrucción en el Centro de Servicios Educativos de la Región 11. La Región 11 de la ESC está compuesta por profesionales que son expertos en todas las áreas de la educación. Mi experiencia me brinda calificaciones únicas y conocimiento de recursos no compartidos por otros candidatos.
Creo que la representación equilibrada de la Junta Escolar debe incluir a los educadores. Mi experiencia como educadora, específicamente como una dedicada a la educación especial, mi participación como madre y mi empleo actual como consultora educativa me convierten en la candidata más calificada del Distrito 6.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
I am not only an experienced educator with a Masters Degree in Education Administration but a proven leader in team projects as an international speaker (15 countries), in business management, and as an entrepreneur - CEO/Founder of a nonprofit that brings relationship skills into high school advisories.
¿Por qué eres el candidato mejor cualificado?
No sólo soy un experimentado educador con una Maestría en Administración Educativa, pero un líder comprobado en proyectos de equipo como un orador internacional en 15 países, en la gestión empresarial, y como empresario - CEO y fundador de una organización sin fines de lucro que brinda habilidades de relación en las asesorías de la escuela secundaria.
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Anne Darr
Thankfully, the message from parents and teachers has reached decision-makers in Austin, and legislators are seriously considering increasing the state’s share of financing our public schools. I do not believe that a tax rate increase will be necessary or advisable .
To the contrary, the FWISD should look for the opportunity to lower the tax rate in the face of spiraling valuation increases that have acted as a de facto tax increase for homeowners. Trustees must be mindful of the need to not overburden our taxpaying public. Pricing young families out of home ownership is not in the interest of the students of those households in the FWISD or of the greater Fort Worth community.
Afortunadamente, el mensaje de los padres y maestros ha llegado a los tomadores de decisiones en Austin, y los legisladores están considerando seriamente aumentar la participación del estado en el financiamiento de nuestras escuelas públicas. No creo que un aumento de la tasa de impuestos sea necesario o aconsejable.
Por el contrario, el FWISD debe buscar la oportunidad de reducir la tasa impositiva ante los aumentos de valoración en espiral que han actuado como un aumento impositivo de facto para los propietarios de viviendas. Los fideicomisarios deben tener en cuenta la necesidad de no sobrecargar a nuestro público que paga impuestos. Deprivando a familias jovenes de ser propietarios de casa no es de interés para los estudiantes de esas familias en el FWISD o para la gran comunidad de Fort Worth.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
The board’s priorities in spending need a laser-beam focus on our core deliverable, that is, education of our next generation of citizens. Other expenditures must be scrutinized to that end. Example, the current board is talking about a new administration building even though FWISD has a declining enrollment. The current board’s building should have less employee space needs in the face of the district decline in enrollment. Instead of a new building, I have one word: remodel. Or make do as all of us do when necessary.
The board needs to spend within our means and remember the community we serve is charitable and gracious to lend a hand.
Example: Our teachers are a tremendous source of inside consultants. The district’s budget to hire outside consultants could be trimmed.
Los impuestos de propiedad son la mayor fuente de financiación para los servicios locales. La legislatura del estado podrá limitar el impuesto a la propiedad el crecimiento de los ingresos en un 2.5 por ciento por año. Si esto se convierte en ley, ¿cómo debe la mesa directiva abordar esto?
Las prioridades de la mesa directiva en materia de gasto necesitan un enfoque de rayo láser en nuestra entregable principal, es decir, la educación de nuestra próxima generación de ciudadanos. Otros gastos deben examinarse a tal fin. Ejemplo, la Junta actual está hablando de un nuevo edificio de administración a pesar de que FWISD tiene una inscripción decreciente. El edificio de la mesa directiva actual debe tener menos necesidades de espacio de los empleados frente a la disminución del distrito en la inscripción. En lugar de un edificio nuevo, tengo una palabra: remodelación. Por ejemplo: nuestros profesores son una tremenda fuente de consultores dentro. El presupuesto del distrito para contratar consultores externos podría ser recortado.
4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STARR) TEST RESULTS IN ASSESSING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Anne Darr
The STAAR test measures a student’s understanding of specific subject matter based on a snapshot: one child on one day during one testing session. Accountability and the data gathered from standardized tests is important; however, no standardized test will ever be able to measure a student’s compassion, resiliency, determination, creativity, leadership skills, or love of learning; or a teacher’s passion, hard work, hours of planning and preparation, words of encouragement, or love for his/her students. There is more to evaluating student achievement and progress than what can be reported with numbers that result from one standardized test.
Recently Texas Monthly reported on multiple sources of academic research indicating that portions of the STAAR test were not accurately evaluating student learning because the level of the test was written at a higher level than the grade level of the student. That is alarming. Instead of learning to read, write, compute, analyze, and problem solve, students that repeatedly experience failure learn that school is impossible, demoralizing, and defeating. Repeat failures become behavior problems and are at a greater risk of dropping out. To quote Texas Senator Beverly Powell, “How do we get school funding right if our testing instruments are wrong?”
La prueba STAAR mide la comprensión de un estudiante sobre un tema específico basado en una instantánea: un niño en un día durante una sesión de evaluación. La rendición de cuentas y los datos recopilados de las pruebas estandarizadas son importantes; sin embargo, ninguna prueba estandarizada podrá medir la compasión, la capacidad de recuperación, la determinación, la creatividad, las habilidades de liderazgo o el amor por el aprendizaje de un estudiante; o la pasión de un maestro, el trabajo arduo, las horas de planificación y preparación, las palabras de aliento o el amor por sus alumnos.
Recientemente, Texas Monthly informó sobre múltiples fuentes de investigación académica que indican que partes de la prueba STAAR no estaban evaluando con precisión el aprendizaje de los estudiantes porque el nivel de la prueba estaba escrito en un nivel más alto que el nivel de grado del estudiante. Eso es alarmante. En lugar de aprender a leer, escribir, calcular, analizar y resolver problemas, los estudiantes que experimentan repetidamente el fracaso aprenden que la escuela es imposible, desmoralizadora y derrotadora. Para citar a la senadora de Texas Beverly Powell, "¿Cómo obtenemos los fondos escolares correctos si nuestros instrumentos de prueba están equivocados?"
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
The STARR tests are needed and a valid assessment of Academic Readiness. However, the STARR test question writers need to make sure the questions align specifically to TEKS standards, that is, not use words in questions beyond grade-level comprehension.
Also, teachers should be teaching per the State Board of Education's TEKS rather than other software or programs that are aligned to other than the State Board of Education's TEKS: Example: Achieve 3000 is not aligned to the State Board of Education's TEKS. Thus teachers are mandated to teach to Achieve 3000 but students are tested based on the State Board of Education's TEKS. Obviously, not an accurate testing.
¿Qué efectivo son las Evaluaciones del estado de Texas de la Preparación Académica (STAAR) resultados de pruebas en la evaluación del logro estudiantil y la calidad de escuelas en su distrito?
Las pruebas de STARR son necesarias y una evaluación válida de la preparación académica. Sin embargo, los escritores de pregunta de prueba de STARR se tienen que asegurar que las preguntas se alinean expresamente a estándares TEKS, es decir no usan palabras en preguntas más allá de la comprensión del nivel de estudios. Además, los maestros deben enseñar por el TEKS de la mesa directive de educación del estado en lugar de otro software o programas que estén alineados a otros que no sean los TEKS de la mesa directive de educación del estado: ejemplo: lograr 3000 no está alineado con el TEKS de la mesa directive de educación del estado. Por lo tanto, los maestros tienen el mandato de enseñar a lograr la programa Achieve 3000 pero los estudiantes son probados en base a la Junta de educación del estado de TEKS. Obviamente, no es una prueba precisa.
5. EDUCATION RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE DISCIPLINED MORE OFTEN THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. HOW SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THIS CONCERN WHEN SETTING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES?
Anne Darr
FWISD is working to increase equity and decrease disproportionality by “honoring and embracing diversity; listening first and seeking to understand; and speaking up when current practices appear to be inequitable.” FWISD is the only local education agency in Texas that has created a Division of Equity and Excellence and spearheaded programs such as My Brother’s Keeper, Eastside Alliance Community Partnership, Morningside Children’s Partnership, Historic Stop Six Initiative, and the annual Equity Summit. The FWISD should increase its commitment to equity by allocating financial and human resources more broadly for additional programming in all parts of the district.
Classroom discipline policies should reflect FWISD’s commitment to equity, and when needed, these policies should be implemented consistently and with fidelity regardless of a student’s ethnicity or race.
FWISD es la única agencia de educación local en Texas que ha creado una División de Equidad y Excelencia y ha liderado programas como My Brother's Keeper, Eastside Alliance Community Partnership, Morningside Children's Partnership, Historic Stop Seis Iniciativas, y la Cumbre de Equidad anual. El FWISD debe aumentar su compromiso con la equidad mediante la asignación más amplia de recursos financieros y humanos para la programación adicional en todas las partes del distrito. Las políticas de disciplina en el aula deben reflejar el compromiso de FWISD con la equidad y, cuando sea necesario, estas políticas deben implementarse de manera coherente y con fidelidad, independientemente de la etnica o raza del estudiante.
Los investigadores de educación informan que los niños de color son disciplinados con más frecuencia que sus contrapartes blancos. ¿Cómo debe su distrito abordar esta preocupación al establecer políticas de disciplina en el aula? FWISD está trabajando para aumentar la equidad y disminuir la desproporcionalidad al “honrar y abrazar la diversidad; escuchando primero y buscando entender; y hablando cuando las prácticas actuales parecen no ser equitativas ".
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
Mandatory here is community involvement, that is, community and school conversations. Parents want their children to learn but may not be aware of measures to use at home to prepare a child for non-disruptive behavior for the classroom. We have diverse cultures in FWISD and must come to a common understanding of what is required if we are to keep students learning in the classroom. This has to be talked out calmly and positively with parents and school administrators.
los investigadores de educación informan que los niños de color son disciplinados con más frecuencia que sus homólogos blancos. ¿Cómo debería su distrito abordar esta preocupación al establecer políticas de disciplina en el aula?
Obligatorio aquí es la implicación de la comunidad, es decir, las conversaciones comunitarias y escolares. Los padres quieren que sus hijos aprendan, pero es posible que no sean conscientes de las medidas que se deben usar en el hogar para preparar a un niño para un comportamiento no disruptivo para el aula.
Tenemos diferentes culturas en FWISD y debemos llegar a un entendimiento común de lo que se requiere si queremos mantener a los estudiantes aprendiendo en el aula. Esto tiene que ser discutido con calma y positivamente con los padres y los administradores de la escuela.
6. IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTING EVENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, IF ANY, ARE NEEDED?
Anne Darr
All students and staff have a right to learn and work in a safe environment. The responsibility of the school board regarding school safety is to 1) establish safety goals for the district, 2) create guidelines and policy, 3) adopt a budget that reflects the safety priorities of the district, 4) provide support and structure for implementation, 5) hold the system accountable, and 6) engage the community in the process. (Safe Schools Guidebook)
There is a direct link between school safety and student attendance, learning, academic achievement, and engagement. Curriculum that promotes student engagement, extracurricular activities, adequate facilities, trained faculty and staff, proportional campus administrative personnel, effective student-teacher ratios, School Resource Officers, and programming that promotes community involvement are proven to improve campus safety; however, all of these elements cost money. The school board must commit to make safety a priority by funding programs and personnel that improve safety and security throughout the district.
Todos los estudiantes y el personal tienen el derecho de aprender y trabajar en un ambiente seguro. La responsabilidad de la junta escolar con respecto a la seguridad escolar es 1) establecer metas de seguridad para el distrito, 2) crear guias y políticas, 3) adoptar un presupuesto que refleje las prioridades de seguridad del distrito, 4) brindar apoyo y estructura para la implementación, 5) responsabilizar al sistema, y 6) involucrar a la comunidad en el proceso. (Guía de Escuelas Seguras)
Existe un vínculo directo entre la seguridad escolar y la asistencia de los estudiantes, el aprendizaje, los logros académicos y la participación. El plan de estudios que promueve la participación de los estudiantes, las actividades extracurriculares, las instalaciones adecuadas, la facultad y el personal capacitados, el personal administrativo proporcional del plantel, la proporción efectiva de estudiantes y maestros, los oficiales de recursos escolares y la programación que promueve la participación de la comunidad han demostrado mejorar la seguridad del plantel; sin embargo, todos estos elementos cuestan dinero. La junta escolar debe comprometerse a hacer de la seguridad una prioridad mediante la financiación de programas y personal que mejore la seguridad en todo el distrito.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
The Legislature is considering some options and schools will follow suit when we know those options.
Interesting to date is what Parkland, Florida is doing in the wake of their recent massacre. Our board needs to note some of the red flags that were missed in Florida and at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
School safety is mandatory and needs to be kept at the forefront of district policy discussions. District policy will be to implement better screening and access to our campuses. That is not all. We need to examine more closely the unfortunate mass shooting events together and learn better measures, maybe bring in community as volunteers, a move in Florida working beautifully.
En respuesta a los eventos de tiro masivo en los campus escolares, ¿qué políticas debe perseguir su distrito con respecto a la seguridad de la escuela, y qué recursos adicionales, si los hay, son necesarios?
La legislatura está considerando algunas opciones y las escuelas seguirán el ejemplo cuando sepamos esas opciones. Interesante hasta la fecha es lo que Parkland, Florida está haciendo a raíz de su reciente masacre. Nuestra junta necesita anotar algunas de las banderas rojas que se perdieron en Florida y en la escuela secundaria Santa Fe en Texas.
La seguridad escolar es obligatoria y debe mantenerse a la vanguardia de la política del distrito discusiones. La política del distrito será implementar una mejor proyección y acceso a nuestros campus. Eso no es todo. Tenemos que examinar más de cerca los desafortunados eventos de disparos masivos juntos y aprender mejores medidas, tal vez traer a la comunidad como voluntarios, un movimiento en Florida trabajando maravillosamente.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Anne Darr
Of primary importance is answering the question: What is best for students? Food service that is not palatable or desirable to students is ineffective and wasteful. I am concerned that school districts all over North Texas are able to feed their students decent meals at a manageable price, and yet, FWISD is unable to do so.
However, outsourcing food service should be a last resort. While providing good food services for students should be our top concern, we cannot forget about or valued Nutrition Services employees. Studying how other large, urban school districts prepare and provide quality nutrition to students should be a priority. Adequately funding school breakfast and lunch services should be a priority. Keeping nutrition services under the control of the FWISD, if possible, should also be a priority.
De primera importancia es contestar esta pregunta, Que es lo major para los estudiantes? El servicio de comida que no es apetecible y deseable para los estudiantes no es efectivo y si es un despilfarro.
Tengo la idea de que los distritos escolares en todo el Norte de Texas alimentan a sus estudiantes comidas decentes a un precio razonable y, sin embargo, el FWISD no puede hacerlo así.
Sin embargo, la subcontratación de servicios de comida debe ser un último recurso. Si bien proporcionar servicios de buena comida es nuestra principal preocupación, no podemos olvidarnos de nuestros valiosos empleados de Servicios de Nutrición. Estudiar cómo otros distritos escolares urbanos grandes se preparan y proporcionan nutrición de calidad a los estudiantes debe ser una prioridad. Financiar adecuadamente los servicios de desayuno y almuerzo escolar debe ser una prioridad. Mantener los servicios de nutrición bajo el control del FWISD, si es posible, también debe ser una prioridad.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
If the district will save money, the children get nutritious food, and food workers maintain their jobs, compensation, and retirement benefits, I am for it. If all these conditions are not met, I am not for it.
Dónde se encuentra usted sobre la cuestión de la privatización de los servicios de nutrición en el distrito? Si no se cumplen todas estas condiciones, no estoy de acuerdo.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Anne Darr
FWISD has responded to both the potential migration to charter schools and the need to increase college, career, and military readiness by creating multiple opportunities for specialized learning such as Programs of Choice on established campuses; specialty schools such as the Young Mens’ Leadership Academy, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and the World Languages Institute; Collegiate Academies and Advanced Academics Scholars Programs; Applied Learning Academies; and the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and the Visual/Performing Arts. Special Interest Programs and Programs of Choice are available for every student at elementary, middle, and high school levels of instruction. These programs are comparable to programs offered at charter schools in the Fort Worth area.
FWISD should continue to invest in the above mentioned programs, and they should build on and expand these programs. In addition, creating school environments where teachers want to teach and students want to learn by efficiently and effectively allocating financial and human resources and ensuring campus safety would be a deterrent for students and families to leave FWISD and attend charter schools.
FWISD ha respondido tanto a la migración potencial a las escuelas charter como a la necesidad de aumentar la preparación universitaria, profesional y militar al crear múltiples oportunidades de aprendizaje especializado, como los Programas de Elección en los campus establecidos; escuelas especializadas como la Academia de Liderazgo para Hombres Jóvenes, la Academia de Liderazgo para Mujeres Jóvenes y el Instituto Mundial de Idiomas; Academias universitarias y programas de estudios académicos avanzados; Academias de Aprendizaje Aplicado; y la Academia I.M. Terrell para STEM y las Artes Visuales/Escénicas. Los Programas de Interés Especial y los Programas de Elección están disponibles para todos los estudiantes en los niveles de instrucción de primaria, secundaria y preparatoria. Estos programas son comparables a los programas ofrecidos en las escuelas charter en el área de Fort Worth.
El FWISD debe continuar invirtiendo en los programas mencionados anteriormente, y deben desarrollar y expandir estos programas. Además, crear entornos escolares donde los maestros quieran enseñar y los estudiantes quieran aprender mediante la asignación eficiente y efectiva de recursos financieros y humanos y garantizar que la seguridad del plantel sea un impedimento para que los estudiantes y las familias abandonen el FWISD y asistan a las escuelas charter.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
Improve the classroom in all FWISD schools so that there is no need to consider an alternative. Charter schools are not usually a first choice but a choice made when parents perceive FWISD is not providing our promise to educate their child.
The charter school movement was born out of a perceived lack of good education in the public school isd.
¿Cómo se debe gestionar el movimiento de la escuela chárter dentro del distrito?
Mejorar el aula en todas las escuelas de FWISD para que no haya necesidad de considerar una alternativa. Las escuelas chárteres no suelen ser una primera opción, pero una elección hecha cuando los padres perciben que FWISD no está proporcionando nuestra promesa de educar a su hijo. 
El movimiento de la escuela chárter nació de una percepción de la falta de buena educación en la escuela pública ISD.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Anne Darr
My campaign focuses on one central question: What if we cared as much about the education of our neighbors’ children as we care about the education of our own children?
I will improve the quality of education for ALL students by listening to stakeholders; researching, asking questions, & requesting substantive data that supports student learning and growth & faculty/staff satisfaction and effectiveness; building relationships & fostering unity so that consensus and collaboration are possible; working to find a balance between what is best for students, best for the budget, & best for the community; & focusing on student learning as my primary motivation to serve.
I will ensure that funding is used efficiently and effectively in order to meet the educational needs of students by focusing spending in the classrooms, not on central administration; by recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff; by maintaining and improving facilities and technology; by implementing safety processes and protocols; and by providing optimum curriculum, instruction, and course selections in order to prepare students for the workforce of the 21st century.
I look forward to serving the students, teachers, and staff of FWISD as well as the greater Fort Worth community.
Mi campaña se enfoca en una pregunta central: ¿Qué pasaría si nos importara tanto la educación de los hijos de nuestros vecinos como la educación de nuestros propios hijos?
Mejoraré la calidad de la educación para TODOS los estudiantes escuchando a las partes interesadas; investigando, haciendo preguntas y solicitando datos sustanciales que respalden el aprendizaje y el crecimiento de los estudiantes y la satisfacción y eficacia de los profesores/personal; construir relaciones y fomentar la unidad para que el consenso y la colaboración sean posibles; trabajando para encontrar un equilibrio entre lo mejor para los estudiantes, lo mejor para el presupuesto y lo mejor para la comunidad; Y centrarme en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes como mi principal motivación para servir. Me aseguraré de que los fondos se utilicen de manera eficiente y efectiva para satisfacer las necesidades educativas de los estudiantes al concentrar el gasto en las aulas, no en la administración central; reclutando y reteniendo profesores y personal de alta calidad; manteniendo y mejorando las instalaciones y la tecnología; implementando procesos y protocolos de seguridad; y al proporcionar cursos óptimo de estudio, instrucción y selecciones de cursos para preparar a los estudiantes para la fuerza laboral del siglo XXI.
Lisa Saucedo
Sandra A. Shelton
I would be most grateful for the vote of District 6 voters.
I pledge to exercise transparency so that all know what is going on at FWISD District Admin.
I will be open to community input through neighborhood association meetings, social media, and other community meetings.
Early voting begins April 22, 2019, May 4 is voting day!
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Estaría muy agradecido por el voto de los votantes del Distrito 6. 
me comprometo a ejercer transparencia para que todos sepan lo que está sucediendo en la oficina de administración en FWISD. 
estaré abierto a la entrada de la comunidad a través de reuniones de asociación vecinales, redes sociales y otras reuniones comunitarias. 
votación anticipada comienza el 22 de abril de 2019, el 4 de mayo es el día de la votación!