Candidate Survey: Brad Young for Frederick County Board of Education
Brad W. Young
A.A. Frederick Community College, Business
B.S. University of Maryland, College Park Economics
M.B.A. Frostburg State University
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- 15 Years on Board of Frederick Community College, Appointed by Governors: Schaefer, Glendening and Ehrlich
- M.A.C.C. Maryland Association of Community College Trustees 6 years on Board and served as Chair of Association
- A.C.C.T. Association of Community College Trustees. The national association that represents Community College trustees. 6 years on Board and only person from Maryland to ever serve as Chair.
- The Universities at Shady Grove, 6 years of the Advisory Board.
- Adjunct Professor at Mount St. Mary’s University 16 years
- Assistant Coach for Hood College Softball 8 years
- Elected to Frederick County Board in 2010 and Re-elected in 2014. Served as President of Board for 5 of those 8 years.
Elected twice to Frederick County Board of Education
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Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office because I believe so deeply in the power of education. Both of my parents were educators and I was raised learning the power of knowledge. Education is the great equalizer in our country. I believe that my efforts have helped FCPS to be a better system and I’m proud of what we have done. I owe my success and my children’s success to FCPS. I want to continue to give back.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I do not have one political role model. I believe that we can learn from all politicians and that they all have good aspects and aspects that are not so good. My first role model is my father Sen. Ron Young and what I respect most about him is his love of community. He has dedicated his life to serving Frederick. Two other politicians that I admired while growing up were Doc McClellan and Sen. Smelser. Both were good at knowing their community and serving its needs well. I have also admired Chuck Jenkins for his constituent service. There is no one in elected office that is more viable and accessible. As you will see, most of the role models that I have mentioned are local as that’s where I pay the most attention.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite political book is “Profiles in Courage” It was the first political book that I read probably in the 8th grade. What I learned is that great politicians have to have the courage to do what they think is right regardless of the popularity. Today too many politicians decide their position based upon polls instead of principle.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
Can’t say that I have a favorite. I have read many and learn from each. I guess because I believe their is no one right way to do anything, no one knows it all. As an educator, i know that you continually have evolve or you become irrelevant. I also know that many students learn different ways and you have to find the way through to each one.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
My top priority is getting the necessary funding necessary to take care of our system’s needs. Our needs are greater than ever to keep and hire the best teachers and to make sure we have enough seats for new students and that we keep them safe!
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Funding! This will always be the biggest issue.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Funding, security and discipline. Education has to be a top priority and it costs money. I talk to a lot of people in the community and they are willing to pay to have a great educational system. The second is security, we need to continue to address threats to our schools. I have worked hard keeping in contact with law enforcement and our FCPS security staff to do everything we can to keep our schools safe. There is new legislation that was passed this week and we will comply. The final issue is discipline. I oppose the State Board of Education’s actions that have reduced local systems abilities to discipline students. Our teachers have to have the ability of having control of their class rooms to teach!
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I have read most of it and I think our staff do a great job of providing the right curriculum. Every year they hold workshops to update and generate new curriculum. We are working on improvements to the reading curriculum and I was one of the supporters of the changing of the math curriculum when I joined the Board.
What is your position on school spending?
Currently 90% of the FCPS budget is for staff’s salaries and benefits. The other 10% pays for everything else. Overall the school system has done a good job being a good steward of public funds. I am very proud of the budgeting transparency that has been implemented over the past 8 years.
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 do believe that tenure is important, however I also believe that we must continue to address teachers that are not performing well and get rid of them when it is appropriate. New teachers are not tenured for 3 years so it is very important that in those 3 years that we make the right decision.
What is your position on standardized testing?
I am not a fan of standardized testing. We are required to give way too many tests by the State and Federal Government. I know some would like us to ignore the requirement to administer them, but we jeopardize funding when we do that. Our Board has made it clear that we want less testing and more teaching!
What is your position on classroom size?
While I don’t think the data supports that class size is always a determinant of student success, I do believe that classes today are too large based of the individual needs of many of the students. Teachers today have students that have far greater needs and larger class sizes are deteriorating the ability of teachers to maintain control of their classroom.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
This is an interesting questions. Our Board is elected and asked to determine the needs for Frederick County Public Schools, but then we have to beg for funding from the county and state and then adjust the budget to what we are given. While that does provide some checks and balance, it makes for an impossible job. I do believe that with taxing authority people would pay more attention to the BOE’s importance and be more interested in the election. So my answer is yes.