Candidate Survey: Seamus Benn for Wicomico County Board of Education
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Seamus Benn for Wicomico county school board district 4
Why are you running for office?
To bring a youth perspective to the school board
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Bernie Sanders, because he started a movement and never took a company’s donation, unlike some Republicans.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Angry Optimistic, because Jon Stewart is one of my personal idols.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
On the courthouse law, because it unearths the ugly history of racism.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
To make every child, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, creed, nationality, race, or ethnicity, feel safe and protected.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Funding, bad teachers, and underpaid faculty.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
What is your position on school spending?
We need to focus on paying teachers the most.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Classroom Technology/Computers, STEM Programs, Teacher Pay
What is your position on teacher tenure?
What is your position on standardized testing?
The prioritization should be lessened
What is your position on classroom size?
We need more teachers to lessen the burden and taxation on current teachers
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?