Candidate Survey: Laticia Hicks for Anne Arundel County Board of Education, District 7
Master’s in Public Administration and Master’s in Education
Educator and Public Servant
Adult Educator/English As A Second Language Instructor
Social Media Accounts
Why are you running for office?
I am running for the school board because I believe in the value of public schools and I recognize the important role the school system plays in a thriving community. I believe improvements can and must be made to ensure that every child in our county has access to equitable and high-quality education. I want to advocate for our teachers, our children, and our community. I will amplify the voices and concerns of all members of our community as I work for real solutions. I have a direct interest in the success of our schools because I am a mother whose two young children attend public school. As a parent, a giving member of the community, and a dedicated public servant, I cannot think of a better service than to help children. Children are my priority. I am not a politician. I am eager to listen to the community and will work with anyone who is committed to doing what is best for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I consider to be a political role model any elected official who is stands for what is right even when it may not be popular. That person empowers and inspires others to participate in the civic process with the goal of creating a better world for all.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
One of my favorite political books is First Ladies and American Women: In Politics and at Home by Jill Abraham Hummer because it focuses on women who played an important role in the governance of the United States. These women seldom receive the recognition or thanks their work and influence on the country deserve.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
True Teaching by Ann Kashiwa is one of my favorite education books. It demonstrates how applying the True Colors metaphor for understanding personality types can be useful in educational environments, aiding in communication and problem-solving where understanding and patience make all the difference in the lives of children.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
The issues of top priority for me are: 1. Advocating for an adequate budget. A fully funded budget will ensure that the county can hire and retain qualified educators, maintain our facilities, and provide additional support and programs to meet identified student needs. 2. Providing fiscal oversight and accountability. 3. Focusing on strategies to increase school, family, and community involvement and communication. 4. Pursuing proactive solutions for school safety that include anti-bullying and harassment initiatives.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
The biggest issue facing our county’s public schools is the inadequate investment in them. As one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland, Anne Arundel County should fully fund its public schools, prioritizing recruiting and retaining effective classroom teachers and support staff, maintaining facilities, and providing equitable resources and support to meet the needs of all students in the school district.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Three of the biggest issues facing Maryland schools are inadequate school funding, opportunity and achievement gaps, and the safety and well-being of all students.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I believe the county’s school curriculum should focus more on learning and not on standardized testing.
What is your position on school spending?
School spending should be primarily directed toward the classroom not toward administrative salaries. Public investment in K-12 public schools is crucial for thriving communities.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
School Maintenance, Security, Teacher Pay
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I support it.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Standardized testing is just one metric and should be used in conjunction with other measures to determine student success.
What is your position on classroom size?
Smaller class sizes lead to better academic performance.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
Once Anne Arundel County has a fully elected school board, granting the board taxation authority is something that could be considered provided accountability measures are in place.