Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Susan Morgan for Dorchester County Board of Education
BA History and Psychology, MA History, MS Counselor Education, PsyD Psychology
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10 years College teaching, 21 years Public School Counselor/Resource Counselor
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Why are you running for office?
The performance of Dorchester County Public School students is well below Maryland State standards. I want to see Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) become a system in which students are able to master the social and intellectual skills to become productive citizens, ensuring that they are ready to learn when they come into the system and that they leave with the tools to be successful in college or in a trade or occupation. This can only be accomplished with a functional school system that has at its heart a desire for all students to succeed.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
There is not just one person who has inspired me. I am very appreciative of the strength exhibited by women such as Jeanette Rankin from Montana, Shirley Chisholm from New York, Margaret Chase Smith from Maine, Pat Schroeder from Colorado, and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska. They voted their conscience and worked for the advancement of women and minorities.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
A Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. The political power of the book was monumental is growing the nascent environmental movement of the early 60s.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori. It presents the pedagogical approach that each child learns at their own pace. It discusses how to work with children at varying stages of educational development, while retaining their interest and desire to learn.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Addressing disruptions in the classroom through a well-structured Alternative Program along with academic and social readiness for school.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Classroom disruptions which rob all students of learning and hinder teachers’ opportunities to teach. Widespread unreadiness for kindergarten is a major impediment that continues to hold students back throughout their school years.
What is your position on the Kirwan Commission recommendations?
The Kirwan Commission presents sound education goals, but lacks realistic funding mechanisms. Programs should be implemented gradually throughout the state beginning with school systems with the greatest need such as Dorchester County Schools.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
1. The unevenness in the quality of school systems across the state place students in counties such as Dorchester at great disadvantage compared to students in other areas of the state.
2. Meeting the challenges of an increasingly diversified population of students.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
1) I strongly support the Technical Programs available to students in Dorchester County. I feel they are underutilized and need to be more widely available. Currently, DCPS has placed a former principal in the position of recruiting more students to take advantage of the program.
2) The use of the AVID program moves students who are least served and have the desire to learn, into courses that would direct them toward college.
3) There are other programs such as Kindermusik, which is in all elementary schools, but not widely used, that could improve reading for students.
4) Naviance is another program made available to middle school students to assist goal setting and academic progress. This program needs to be used with fidelity in order to maximize its potential.
5) What I dislike about these programs are not uniformly implemented and evaluated system-wide.
What is your position on school spending?
Dorchester County is relatively poor and has difficulty funding schools adequately.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
What is your position on teacher tenure?
Tenured teachers should be evaluated every 10 years to insure teacher competence for continued tenure.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Too much standardized testing encourages teaching to the test rather than critical thinking and in-depth learning.
What is your position on classroom size?
Classroom size should be much small enough that each student is given the individualized instruction needed for success.
Do you believe the Board of Education should having taxation authority?