Candidate Survey: David Shelton for Prince George’s County Board of Education
David E. Shelton
Public Education (Dean of Students)
Teacher / Educator 1998- Present
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Why are you running for office?
I am running to help PG County Schools be number one in the state.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
David McCullough’s John Adams, because it portrayed an American Founding father as a true patriot who only wanted the best for the people.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
I am a DuFor fan. Most of his books have been read an implemented as my role as a teacher and administrator.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I have read many of the county curriculums. I like that they are pacing guides and resources for the students. I do not like that it is not data driven. These guides are given to teacher’s before they even meet the students.
What is your position on school spending?
I believe that schools should have more autonomy of what and spend and on what they spend.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I believe that teachers who are highly qualified and work hard every day to improve the lives of students should not have to worry about whether their job is secure. I support teacher tenure for good teachers.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Students are not standardized and tests should not be. There should be goals given by the state that allows the county to meet and exceed those goals.
What is your position on classroom size?
Research shows that after you reach 22 students in a class the students education begins to suffer. I believe in small class rooms.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?