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

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DISTRICT 4

Who’s Running?

Note: Unexpired term

Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookinswww.daphnebrookins.com
FB: Daphne Brookins for Fort Worth School Board
Email: daphne@daphnebrookins.com
Phone: 817-733-0727
Terry D. T. Miles

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
My top priorities if I am elected are as follows:
Try to eliminate insecurities and inconsistencies in our children's education by the following;
Having more stability in the classrooms,
bring in more social services and resources for the families,
help feed the children nutritious meals that live in food desserts,
increase or create strong after school and summer enrichment programs to continue the education progress year round, and work with childcare agencies to help with early childhood literacy
Terry D. T. Miles
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
I am passionate about working with youth
Passionate about education
College graduate
20 plus years in Social Services
15 plus years in education from elementary to post secondary
Seasoned political background
15 years of public board and public service
Leadership ISD Grad 2018
I have unique innovate ideas and I am a results oriented visionary
I know when to step up to lead or when to be a team player
Terry D. T. Miles
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. IN 2019 THE STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET VOTER APPROVAL IF THEY WISH TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES BY MORE THAN 3.5%. HOW SHOULD THE SCHOOL BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
It is essential that all elected school board officials fully understand the magnitude and the role of tax rates on our voters. Our voters must be informed of the absolute revenue required to meet basic, moderate and high level of services within public education. A school board must study their district's absolute needs while maximizing their budgetary efficiencies. Only then can the school board ask for a tax increase and at any time in the future, should they see an ability to decrease taxes, they should work to do so. All this in the best interest of our youth who must be educated, our citizens who dutifully pay for the education and our board who must most efficiently run the operations of the district charged with educating our most precious resource, the educational future of our youth.
Terry D. T. Miles
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?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
I think they can be effective, but in order for FWISD to be truly able to assess our students achievement and the quality of schools in our districts, our curriculum needs to be updated and more rigorous to better educate our students and they would be prepared and have better results for any assessment, including the STAAR.
Terry D. T. Miles
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?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
The district must ensure all teachers are trained in the restorative discipline practices in which FWISD implemented several years ago. Restorative Discipline is a school wide approach that focuses on developing relationships and building school climate. Restorative discipline focuses on addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment. I also believe teachers should attend cultural diversity and sensitivity training to help understand the different ethnic backgrounds and cultures of the students that are coming to the schools.
Terry D. T. Miles
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?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
Unfortunately this is the time that we live in and because of that, I feel that every school should go through some type of Active Shooter Training in order to train our students on what to do if something horrific as a school shooting does occur in their school.
Terry D. T. Miles
7. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
I believe they can coexist however, the communities where they are popping up need to understand the differences. Public schools, including charters, are primarily funded on a per-student basis—so fewer students means less money. When local students leave the district system for charter schools, the district has less to spend on the students who remain. Also, the teachers at charter schools do not have to be certified so you may have some deficiencies nir do they have to accept every student.
In other places, states have adopted policies to lessen the financial blow that often comes with the expanding charter presence in communities. New York and Massachusetts, for instance, provide transitional aid to districts losing students to charters. The temporary assistance acts as a financial cushion for districts dealing with declining enrollment. Until Texas puts a cap on how many charter schools can come into each district, this may be a short term solution.
Terry D. T. Miles
8 ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Johnny Cook-Muhammad
Daphne Brookins
Our children need support and stability in order to excel, so a vote for me is a vote for our children's future!
Terry D. T. Miles