Candidate Survey: Richard Young for Baltimore County Board of Education
Masters Cerification in Education from UMBC
Retired BCPS teacher/ Retired US Army
Over 15 years as an educator and a former State Proficiency test grader
Social Media Accounts
Facebook – (Richard Young) & (Friends for Rick Young)
Why are you running for office?
I want to improve BCPS with common sense solutions and equity for ALL.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Senator Barbara Mikulski. Because she cared for everyone and GOT THINGS DONE.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Federalist Papers by Publius. The 85 articles and essays from Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay explain the topics debated and clarifies the logic used for our Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments) and promoted why the Colonies should ratified the proposed Constitution.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
“Those who can, TEACH!” My first textbook in grad school. This text made me more aware of just not the history of education but the challenges teachers face in a classroom and was my guide for my first year as a teacher. It helped me immensely. And it informed me of the different types of education systems in the United States and around the world.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Make BCPS a GREAT school system again. Anyone can identify PROBLEMS, but I can offer common sense SOLUTIONS that will improve our schools and spend our tax dollars more responsibly.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
BCPS is not spending its monies properly on technology and as a result, BCPS is losing many good teachers and is NOT managing the issue of new school construction in an apolitical manner. There is no EQUITY in their madness.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Failing infrastructures, future financial shortfalls, and dissatisfied teachers.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
BCPS has few curricula these days because of the new technologies. Our teachers are begging for new curricula to help guide their lesson planning in order to meet the objectives of the PARCC testing. Some are completely confused and lost as to what to teach and in what order. Without MORE and BETTER training (Professional Development) our graduates will not be prepared for college OR any trade schools.
What is your position on school spending?
School budgets increase EVERY year BUT by every measure, we are not improving the educational results. Monies are being misallocated into a very complex bureaucracy without ANYONE having to explain why. The dog is chasing its tail. And the tail is wagging the dog. The dramatic increase in Special needs students and ESOL students are not being met. The necessary help for “At-Risk” children is abysmal. We still have schools in BCPS that qualify for free meals for EVERY student and the schools have not applied for the assistance. Even when more money is available to the schools for SAFETY how effectively are the schools using it? Do you believe our schools are safe? I sure don’t.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Special Education, Teacher Training, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
“The best argument for tenure is that it should be a reward to keep highly qualified and competent instructors in the classroom. But if tenure is granted automatically to virtually everyone who teaches, that benefit is actually being watered down to the point where it probably doesn’t mean much….” (The Baltimore Sun Editorial from 2014). Maybe a 5 year tenure in lieu of the three year period would weed out more bad teachers. But honestly, if they can’t identify a poor teacher in 3 years, then why would a five year tenure be better?
What is your position on standardized testing?
Ditch PARCC. It’s an awful measuring tool. I believe in standardized testing for students, but I do not agree with using the results as part of an individual teacher’s evaluation. No two teachers’ classes are alike and even the subjects that they teach are not comparable. Let me reiterate though that we need to measure how well our students, individual schools, and our systems are performing. Not the individual teachers.
What is your position on classroom size?
We can’t allow ANY level of classes to reach the tipping point. Meaning that you can’t cram 10 pounds of potatoes into a five pound bag. AP and other advance classes need limits that can be set by the guidelines of the College Board or even the school’s administration. The same goes for the lower performing classes. The size of their classes is just as critical. And NO English or Math classroom should ever have more 25 students, no matter what level.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
NO WAY! They waste enough money as it is.