Candidate Survey: Deborah Arnetta Cason for Baltimore County Board of Education
Deborah Arnetta Cason
BS- Johns Hopkins University ( Social Science), MS – Walden University (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)
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15 years + teaching experience, previous PTA president, previous member of the Middle States Association Accreditation Team, previous member of the ISB education board, currently a member of the GIC board as the secretary.
No political experience
do not have a website
Social Media Accounts
I have a face book account but not active
Why are you running for office?
I want to be a voice for teachers, students and parents.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Former President Obama is my political role model. He was fair and for all people. He proved that anything the mind can conceive the will can achieve.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I don’t have a favorite book about politics. I was never really involved politics.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
My favorite book about education is “Classroom Instructions that Works” by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering and Jane Pollock – They use research based strategies for increasing students’ achievement. The strategies in this book create positive effects on students’ learning.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
My top priority is ensuring schools get the proper funding needed to create successful student achievement. If schools have enough funds, then they can have the necessary resources needed to produce academic success.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
The biggest issue facing county schools are overcrowded classrooms, lack of funding and low percentage of college ready students.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
The three biggest issues facing Maryland schools are overcrowding, funding and bullying.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I have read the curriculum before and I am familiar with the common core state standards
a. What I dislike about the curricula in general is that it is unrealistic to cover all of the objectives in a school year.
What is your position on school spending?
I believe that each school should prioritize the needs of its environment and spend according to what would produce the best students’ outcome.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Classroom Technology/Computers, Security, Teacher Training
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I agree that teachers deserve tenures. It provides a protection towards an underappreciated position.
What is your position on standardized testing?
My position on standardized testing is that it’s too much standardized testing. It takes away from teachers being creative and forces them to teach to the test.
What is your position on classroom size?
My position on class size is that, classroom sizes should be much smaller or more teachers in the classroom. The ratio should be no more than 20 students to 1 teacher in order to effectively reach all students.
Do you believe the Board of Education should having taxation authority?
I really don’t have an opinion on the subject.