Candidate Survey: Patricia Ann Dorsey for Carroll County Board of Education

Patricia Ann Dorsey



Doctor of Education degree, Master of Education degree, Bachelor of Science degree

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Retired Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, Teacher

Education Experience
I am a retired Elementary School classroom teacher, resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal. I enjoyed a 39-year career with Carroll County Public Schools.

Political Experience
Participated in all elections; first time running as a candidate

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Social Media Accounts
Have email accounts only at this time

Why are you running for office?
My desire is to utilize my experiences as a teacher and administrator as well as my professional skills in education policy, planning, and administration to serve the community as a member of the Board of Education. I enjoyed a successful 39-year teaching and administrative career with Carroll County Public Schools and I currently would like to give back to the system and community which have given much to me.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Richard Dixon is my political role model because of his service. First of all he served our country as a captain in the Armed Forces. He also served our local community in Carroll County as a Board of Education member and later served in the Maryland House of Delegates. His last public position was service to our state as Treasurer for the state of Maryland. Richard’s service was always to the community as a whole as he was able to cross political and racial boundaries.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book about politics and policy is From the Hood to the Hill, A Story of Overcoming, by Barry C. Black. In the book Dr. Black chronicles the obstacles he faced to reach many achievements including becoming a two-star Navy admiral and Chaplain of the United States Senate. It is an inspiring book that shares hope in difficult times for continuing to pursue your dream.

What is your favorite book about education, and why?
I’ve enjoyed many books about education, but the one that has stood the test of time is Slums and Suburbs: A Commentary on Schools in Metropolitan Areas by James B. Conant. The author provided contrasts about schools based on whether they were located in metropolitan or suburban areas. It was enlightening as well as disheartening to see the differences in schools based on their locations.

What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
My top priority on the Board of Education will be the students and all the people associated with preparing our students to be college and career ready. I will work for competitive salaries for staff members, attracting and retaining quality teachers, meeting the needs of all Special Education students, and increasing safety and security in all facilities.

What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
The biggest issue facing our county schools is our declining enrollment and its financial impact.

What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
1. The cost of educating students has increased; the needs of students have increased. We have an increased Title I population as well as limited English proficient population, and we have students with Special Education needs to be met. Maryland schools are underfunded. It is reported that each of our schools is underfunded by an average of more than two million dollars annually. We need an updated funding formula to meet the financial needs.
2. Meeting the demands of testing in Maryland schools is taking valuable instructional time away from teachers and students.
3. In light of recent school shootings, the safety of all students and staff members in all facilities is an issue to be addressed.

Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Yes, I have read the county curriculum. I like the fact that the curriculum is based on and aligned with state standards. The key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and range of reading and level of complexity for example are indicated in English Language Arts. The methods or how-tos are not included and could present a challenge for some teachers. I can’t say that I dislike this but in order for the instruction to be delivered effectively, the teacher must be proficient.

What is your position on school spending?
We need an updated funding formula to meet the educational needs of students and schools. We need to provide compensation for systems with declining enrollments.

Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Security, Special Education, Teacher Pay

What is your position on teacher tenure?
I support the tenure of qualified teachers.

What is your position on standardized testing?
Standardized testing allows comparisons to be made across groups and grades. Results are valuable because they indicate how our students are performing compared to norm groups at a given snapshot in time. (It’s when we combine standardized testing with district testing with classroom testing that the result is over testing of our students and taking away valuable instruction time.)

What is your position on classroom size?
It is effective to have smaller classes in the primary grades (Grades K-3) to enhance student achievement. A class size of no more than 18 can enhance the success of early learners. Consideration of class size on special needs and advanced classes can also be given.

Do you believe the Board of Education should having taxation authority?
I would have to review this in the future, but currently I would support the county commissioners or executives having taxation authority.

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