Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Dalbin Osorio for Montgomery County Board of Education
Dalbin A Osorio
Masters in Social Work and currently pursuing a Masters in Education Policy & Leadership, Bachelors in Business Administration, Associate’s in Business Management
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Program Manager at the Montgomery County Collaboration Council
Teacher’s Assistant for four years at an elementary and junior high school: Program Manager running three Title I Programs at an elementary, junior, and high school: School Social Worker at a Level 5 School in Prince George County
Ran for Montgomery County Council’s District One Seat in 2018: organized for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016
Why are you running for office?
As a Social Worker and former Educator, I have seen firsthand the long-term devastation inequitable policies can have on our youth and their families. It is time that our students in Montgomery County receive a fair and just education that prepares them for the real world. It is time that our teachers are given a reason to stay in the County, through professional development and the ability to lead their own schools. It is time our families are supported through their own journeys, and that they are given the tools needed to achieve whatever success looks like for them. My professional experience makes me qualified to be that candidate, and I am the right candidate at the right time to fight for all those groups to receive exactly that.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role models are Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Barack Obama’s the Audacity of Hope, because it gave us a snapshot of what a great man Barack was and how his upbringing led to him making history.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them by Christopher Newfield. It is an in-depth read that highlights where Newfield believes we went wrong in education and outlines a really good way to end the achievement gap.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Closing the achievement gap and ensuring that black and brown students receive a fair and equitable education.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Lack of financial resources being invested in our under-performing schools and being unable to retain quality teachers.
What is your position on the Kirwan Commission recommendations?
I support the Kirwan Commission recommendations, wholeheartedly.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
The three biggest issues facing Maryland schools are a lack of equitable investment in every school, recruitment and retention of quality teachers, and an achievement and opportunity gap that is closing too slowly to make a tangible difference in our lifetime.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I have: I think the focus on entrepreneurship and finance really is appropriate for our youth as it prepares them for the real world. I, also, am impressed by most of the humanities offerings, though i’d partner with community-based organizations to help fill in some of the gaps that the lack of financial resources impact directly. I’d expand the career and postsecondary partnerships.
What is your position on school spending?
Spending on school and education is the most appropriate spending we do.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
New School Construction
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I support teacher tenure for high performing teachers. I believe that we have to make sure we are developing new teachers so they can learn and implement the skills necessary to become high performing teachers. I believe we need to reward the teachers who have sacrificed so much to ensure that our youth are educated.
What is your position on standardized testing?
I support standardized testing overall, but believe we need to decrease the number of tests our students are required to take. Teachers should be allowed to teach, and adding an additional workload that test prep entails prevents them from doing that.
What is your position on classroom size?
Classrooms should be smaller: all studies show that students and teachers are more effective when classrooms are a smaller size.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?