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Hanford Elementary School District 3

The candidates are running for the District 3 board seat.

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  • Tawny Robinson

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    Greg Strickland

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Were you pleased with how district officials spent new Local Control Funding Formula dollars this past school year? How would you like to see the new dollars spent this year?

School districts across the state are adjusting to the new Common Core standards. Is the district doing enough to prepare teachers and students for the new standards? What, if anything, would you change about how schools transition to this new way of teaching?

In your opinion, what are the district's top three challenges? How would you address each of these issues?

Do you favor or oppose Proposition 55, which would extend by 12 years the temporary income tax increase enacted in 2012 to support schools and colleges?

Is technology in education important? Is the district doing enough to get devices into the hands of kids? If so, how would you help improve access to technology, especially for low-income or other at-risk students?

Why are you the best candidate to serve on the school board? (Text or YouTube video.)

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Age 66
Residence Hanford CA over 36 yrs
Family Married - wife works for Hanford Elementary School District. Two daughters both Hanford High School graduates and college graduates with graduate degrees. Katie – Deputy Attorney General. Megan-Master's Degree and Credential PPS, elementary school counselor. Numerous family members who are teachers in Kings County.
Education University of Southern California-BS bio/chemistry, Whittier College School of Law – JD.
Occupation Retired Law Enforcement, Retired Military Veteran – 28+ years active and reserves. Represent military and family members for free regarding military benefits.
Public service experience Law enforcement experience 30+ years. Retired Military Veteran – 28+ years active and reserves, Colonel, Retired, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award – two devices, California Legion of Merit, California Commendation Medal.
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No, I was not pleased with how the Local Control Funding Formula money was spent. I would advocate for the money to be spent to support teachers in the classroom by adding support personnel such as counselors, psychologists, teacher’s aids, librarians, student specialists, and social workers so that Kings County is above the State average. I would give each teacher $500 each to buy supplies for the classroom instead of requiring teachers to spend their own funds. I would increase spending on the basics to emphasize reading, writing, spelling, science, and history and provide each teacher with special needs children a support person to assist. All support personnel need to be full time rather than part time.
The district is doing its best to prepare teachers and students for the new standards. The district has been forced to transition to the new standard in order to continue funding. I have no problem with the district as to the transition since they are trying to do their best notwithstanding the imposed requirements hinder teachers ability to teach. My biggest complaint with Common Core is that teachers are evaluated by the test Common Core requires. Common Core will fail just as No Student Left Behind failed. Common Core fails to give teachers the necessary tools to allow teachers “to teach.” Common Core does not provide instruction in the basics such as reading, writing, math, history, and science. Further, Common Core forces the teachers to “teach to the test,” as teachers are evaluated by student test scores. Teachers should not be evaluated as a result of Common Core test scores because over-emphasizes testing diminishes the ability to teach the basics and fails to allow teachers "to teach." We should provide teachers the opportunity and initiative to teach to meet the needs of their unique students.
Top challenges: (1) Graduation rates, reading scores, math scores, and teacher support personnel are all lower than the state average: (2) Dropout rate is higher than the state average; (3) Teachers are stressed and lack the fiscal and personnel support to effectively teach and mentor the kids. I will increase support personnel to the teachers, give each teacher $500 dollars to buy supplies or alternatively require the school to supply all the supplies, decrease the student to pupil ratio, and emphasize basics such as reading, writing, math, history, and science. I will not tie teacher performance to test scores. Each kindergarten and first grade teacher should all have a teacher’s aide.
I support Proposition 55 150% as California ranks 42nd in per pupil spending behind Arkansas.
Technology is important but only after the basics have been mastered: reading, writing, arithmetic, history, and science. After the basics are mastered then I would support computers and advance technology in the classroom to assist in the further development of the basic subjects. All children should be supplied technology free of charge and provided with intense training on the use of I-pads and computers. Technology is a vital tool to enhance teaching effectiveness in the class room.
I possess a Life Time Instructors Credential for the Community Colleges and I have taught courses at College of The Sequoias and West Hills College as an Adjunct Professor. My wife is employed by the Hanford Elementary School District and she has a brother, sister, nieces, and nephews who work as teachers. I have a daughter who is an elementary school counselor and has a Master's degree and a state credential (PPS) in counseling. My number one goal is to increase support for teachers in the classroom by providing more pay for teachers, increasing the number of full-time support personnel, giving all teachers an expense account of $500 so that teachers are not forced to buy supplies out of their own pocket, and emphasizing a return to the basics: reading, writing, spelling, history, and science. I will stop the practice of “teaching to the test” and stop evaluating teachers based on “the test results.” As a Board Member I intend to improve Kings County’s test results by putting children first. In all matters, I intend to always keep the best interests of the children as my first priority. Save a Life, Keep a Kid In School. Teachers are the single most important resource in the development and the future of our kids. As a Board Member I intend to meet with teachers and ask for their input in all matters concerning the district and issues that come before the school board. Students, Teachers and Family First!