Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Anil Chaudhry for Montgomery County Board of Education
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Consulting / program management
Parents are educators, parent of 3 children in public schools
Why are you running for office?
To give all parents, community stakeholders, and educators equal and equitable access to decision makers in Montgomery county.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Eisenhower, Reagan, Hogan
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Atlas shrugged – it shows that you can only dip in a well so often before it goes dry.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
Winning with accountability – shows that accountability and educational are not mutually exclusive
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Improved access to resources for all
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Lack of equal and equitable access to educational resources
What is your position on the Kirwan Commission recommendations?
I need more information on costs and transparency mechanisms
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Lack of equal and equitable access, lack of transparency, lack of a strategic implementation plan
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Yes … i don’t like the revised approach to magnet programs where it is now based on racial quotas instead of merit.
What is your position on school spending?
I support transparent and accountable spending
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I support accountable tenure program that champions educational outcomes
What is your position on standardized testing?
I support standardized testing for core subjects such as reading, writing, comprehension, Arithmetic, fractions, percentages that help children successfully transition into adulthood.
What is your position on classroom size?
Depends on the class, there is no one size fits all approach
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
No … special taxation districts are ripe for abuse and corruption