Candidate Survey: Laura Simon for Montgomery County Board of Education
Tufts, Columbia Business School
former MCCPTA Health & Safety sub-chair
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Why are you running for office?
Our kids are subject to more threats than ever these days in terms of their physical and mental health and safety in schools and I believe we need to be more proactive in addressing these threats.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African elected female head of state, who lead her country out of a devastating civil war to establish a peaceful society that gave the next generation of LIberians hope for the future.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Health and safety of the kids.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Overuse of screens in the classroom.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
The achievement gap, cyber-bullying, excessive use of screens which includes phone in the classroom,
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?
It is important to be budget conscious with how we allocate funds. Projects should be prioritized based on how they enhance the classroom experience. For example, before putting new technology into the classroom, we need to fully research the educational value.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Security, Teacher Pay, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
It is important to have incentive systems that reward strong teachers regardless of seniority.
What is your position on standardized testing?
It is important to have some standardized testing, but I believe MCPS might have overdone it.
What is your position on classroom size?
There are many places in Montgomery County where the classes are too big and need to come down to a reasonable size.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?