Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Gian Alfeo for Howard County Board of Education
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Why are you running for office?
I want to be the voice of my district on our Board of Education. My district has always seemed to be forgotten and left behind.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I can’t say that I have one as I never planned to do politics
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I never read one because again I never planned to be a politican
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
I haven’t read a book on education
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Capacity and maintenance
What is your position on the Kirwan Commission recommendations?
Its not ready to be used there is no accountability of funds and no measurement of success. There is no real proof that it works
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
I cant speak for all schools across Maryland I am focused on the schools in my county
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Not fully yet.
What is your position on school spending?
Currently there is to much spending on programs that haven’t been tested and has no proof of success. We spend to much on administration and not enough goes into the classroom. We constantly cut from the classroom to make up shortfalls and never from the administration.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
What is your position on teacher tenure?
Tenure isn’t a bad thing as it keeps teachers and gives them something to work for. However they have to keep their standards and teach the same way they have been tenure shouldn’t mean they can stop meeting standards.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Standardized testing doesn’t work for every student as not all students learn the same.
What is your position on classroom size?
we need to keep class size small to ensure all students get the care and attention they need to succed
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?