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Tomorrow is Primary Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Willie J. Mahone, President of the the Frederick County Branch of the NAACP, recognizes the important role every voter plays in the election process. "It's important for all of us to understand the impact we can have on local politics if we exercise our right to vote. While we do not endorse one candidate over another, we feel that it's important voters are aware of key issues in this upcoming primary that may influence their choices." 

The Government and Political Affairs Committee of the Frederick Branch recently prepared a list of questions, listed below, for the candidates running for the Board of Education and the County Council.



We are calling for the establishment of a Suspension Review Panel that would review a proposed long-term out-of:school suspension of ethnic minority students, and make an advisory recommendation. The panel would include community members who are not employees of the Frederick County Public Schools, and may also include school staff and employees. The panel would necessarily consider alternatives to suspension and 0th.er modes of intervention, and would not be precluded from concurring with the suspension recommendation. As such the Panel may indeed end up validating the proposed action. 
 
Please indicate whether you support the establishment of a Suspension Review Panel, and if not, the basis of your opposition to such a Panel.

I am interested in understanding the facts behind the suspension data.  There are studies showing that in the rush to blame racism for suspensions we have made classrooms more dangerous. 

We've gone from over 3,000 suspensions last year to slightly over 1,300 suspensions this year.  FCPS had 276 teachers physically assaulted by students.  Was it because we didn't suspend students who should have been suspended?  Aggression is out of control in many of our middle and high schools. 

I have the FCPS bullying data for the last seven years.  It shows the highest incidents of bullying occur in the categories of  "just to be mean", "physical appearance", "to impress others" and "gang related" more than "race".
Race, gender presentation, sexual orientation, etc., should never play a role in the reason a student is suspended.  However, we can't have teachers and administrators afraid to suspend children in those groups if there is a legitimate reason.  We can't have students and staff afraid to go to school.  We need to find a better way of making schools safe for everyone.

I'm not opposed to convening a panel or hiring a professional firm to review our suspension data.

The NAACP is calling for the establishment of a Minority Affairs Advisory Committee. That Committee would have jurisdiction to investigate and make recommendations regarding the foregoing issues, as well as other matters relating to minority students staff. The Board of Education currently has several standing committees, as authorized·by Section 4-112 of the Education Article of the Code of Maryland, in the areas of Special Education, Family Life, Career and Technology, etc.
 
Please indicate whether you support the establishment of a Minority Affairs Advisory Committee, and if not. the basis of your opposition to such a Committee.

I am not in favor of hiring anyone based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  I'm not interested in giving preferential treatment to anyone for their DNA, lifestyle nor appearance.  I'm interested in hiring the best teachers we can find regardless of their appearance.  FCPS often misses out on hiring the best teachers because they wait too long to offer a candidate the job.  That said, has anyone asked the question of how many minority applicants we've had?  Is the disparity in the hiring or the applying?  Did FCPS hire every minority that applied?  I never see these questions asked.  Again, I do not support hiring anyone for any reason other than they are the best qualified candidate for the job.

Recently the Maryland legislature passed a law allowing tow (2) years of tuition £tee community college for most Marylanders. There is a means test that most families can meet. and the student must have maintained a 2.3 grade point average. We see that legislation as creating a window of opportunity for many struggling families and students who would not otherwise conceive of advanced education. 
Do you support an informational campaign by the Frederick County School System, or any other actions, top ensure that the $}dents and their parents are aware of this opportunity?

There is no such thing as "free" college.  There is tax payer funded college.  I would support an information campaign that makes students and parents aware there is a program available to them provided by tax payers.  I would support such a campaign if it comes with a brief, but detailed explanation on how the program is funded.  It isn't "free".


            





Cindy Rose
Candidate for Board of Education

Candidates for County Council

Shannon Bohrer
Galen Clagett
Jessica Fitzwater
Justin Kiska
Mark Long
M.C. Keegan-Ayer
​Susan Reeder Jessee

Candidates for the Board of Education

Jonah Eisenberg
Marie Fischer
Edison Hatter
Jay Mason
Bud Otis
Camden Raynor
Cindy Rose
Masai Troutman
Brad Young

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