Candidate Survey: Donna Rober for Anne Arundel County Board of Education, 4th District
Donna L. Rober
Yes – multiple schools. Professional equivalent of a PhD
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Adjunct faculty – adult education
After serving the nation as a federal employee for nearly 40 years I am apolitical. I have no political aspirations which is why I am running for a non-partisan position.
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Why are you running for office?
While I have watched Anne Arundel County Public Schools grow and get better over the past 35 or so years, I know there is always room for improvement. I want to learn as much as I can about today’s school system and focus on areas that I hear about or see that are candidates for improvement. I have been asked many times why I want to run for the school board since I believe our schools are headed in the right direction. That is an easy one for me. I believe that we always need to refresh the advocates for our students. If we keep the same people in the same seats we will continue to have the same results. New people bring new ideas and new successes.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I have none.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I have none.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
I have none
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Hearing the educational requirements and desires of the student and understanding the pros and cons of implementing them. Students are the “customer” of the school board.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
I believe it is teachers. Recruiting and retaining the quality teachers that are needed to give students the best educational experience seems to be a real challenge. Pay seems to be the major stumbling block, but administration/management also appears to be problematic.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Funding, equal quality of education across jurisdictions, infrastructure
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
This is an interesting question. While I am familiar with a variety of the curriculum offered by AACPS, I am still dducational experience is discovering both explicit and implicit opportunities offered to students. I am pleased that there are myriad opportunities for students to choose from and hope to hear about and work towards offering others.
What is your position on school spending?
It needs to be done responsibly and in a way that best benefits the students – our future leaders.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Curriculum Development, Teacher Pay, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
This is an interesting subject and one that draws a lot of mixed comment. My understanding of tenure for teachers is not that they are guaranteed a position for life but rather that they are entitled to due process when they receive a less than favorable evaluation. My understanding is that tenured teachers are evaluated every two years where as new teachers are evaluated annually (and could lose their job without due process) for the first three years of employment. If there is more to it than that, I would be interested in hearing about it. Otherwise, I am fine with the status quo.
What is your position on standardized testing?
I am not a fan of standardized testing. Having seen how my own family has been stressed by so many different tests over the years I feel that the testing may not be the right means to accomplish the goal of evaluating student accomplishment. That does not mean that testing is unimportant, I just fear that there is too much time spent teaching to and preparing for the tests that evaluate the schools/teachers more than the students.
What is your position on classroom size?
The smaller the better
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
No, I do not. Having just paid a school tax on my deceased parents property I can see how such taxes, in this case based on property value, would result in disproportionate funding based on location and income levels.