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GOVERNOR

SCHOOL BOARD

Dr. Joseph Bilan

How do you see our school district responding to the competition of charter schools and private schools?

I believe our district is not adequately responding to the competition of charter and private schools. Many of our schools do not have adequate access to technology & STEM and advanced curriculum is reserved for students enrolled in magnets, fundamentals, and IB programs, leaving a high percentage of students ill prepared for a 21st century global economy.

What are your thoughts about vouchers (using public funds to pay for private schools)?

I am not opposed to vouchers. Unfortunately many of our neighborhood schools do not offer parents the quality education that they desire to ensure for their children’s future; therefore, they should absolutely have access to better options and vouchers can assist with this. For example, if your neighborhood school is a C, D, or F school, student discipline issues are prevalent, and the student/teacher ratio is very high, why should a parent be forced to send their child to these schools because they cannot afford something better suited for their child?

How would you address problems of racial integration and minority accommodation in the schools?

I am an advocate of the re-integrating the schools in Pinellas to give every student greater access to funding, resources, experienced instructors, and exposure to diversity. Re-segregating the schools has, unfortunately, made it easier to create inequity in the funding and resources necessary to create a quality academic experience for every student.

What is your position on the proposed CRC Amendment 8 to the Florida Constitution: the proposal includes allowing the state to authorize charter schools without local approval?

I don’t believe that the state should have the authority to install and operate charters without local approval.

What guidelines do you think should be adopted by our school district with regard to children who identify as a gender other than their biological gender?

I believe there should be guidelines that address the students’ use of restrooms and locker rooms, such as single user gender neutral restrooms.

How important are fine arts and humanities, and extra curricular activities to a total overall education? How should they be funded?

They are extremely important. Students need a variety of ways to express themselves creatively. Seeking support from private businesses invested in the arts can be a way to creatively finance this initiative.

What are your views on including contraception in sex education class (at appropriate class level)?

I do not agree with this approach. I believe that this should be left up to the parents to decide how and when to provide contraception for their (potentially) sexually active children.

Do you have specific changes you want to see made in our schools’ curriculum?

Yes, I would like to see us move towards mastery based learning and interdisciplinary stem to encourage a learning environment that is student centered, teacher facilitated, technology rich, and promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving- all requirements for 21 Century Learning.

What are your views on including evolution and climate science in science class?

Evolution and climate science is already included in science class. I do not believe that this should be the only explanation of how our universe came to be, but it should be introduced as one of the many scientific theories to be explored within science classes within our county.

How should the schools accommodate freedom of expression?

I believe that freedom of expression is important. Our students should be encouraged to have a voice regarding issues that are of concern to them in this day and age. Additionally, I believe that we should teach our students decorum and respect for the different opinions of others. I believe manners, courtesy, and empathy should be valued and is too often missing in today’s society, and especially within our schools.

How do you discuss topics where there is strong disagreement and remain civil?

Courageous conversations is an approach that I use to address such topics and remain civil. Conducting Courageous Conversation workshops within our county would be an effective to create healthy bridges of communication and understanding.

With what organizations or affiliations are you associated?

I am a member of the National Council of English Teachers, the Black Educators Alliance, and I am a worship leader and community group leader at Liberty Church St. Pete.

Carl Zimmerman

How do you see our school district responding to the competition of charter schools and private schools?
This is an excellent question. I believe that not only do we have to bolster our offerings in public schools, but we need to market them better. We can compete with any charter. We have schools that are known entities not just in the public’s eye, but with universities all over the country. We need to do a better job of making it clear why our public school is a better choice. Remember, charters don’t exist if not enough people choose them.

What are your thoughts about vouchers (using public funds to pay for private schools)?
I believe it goes against the intent of the constitution. There are some great private schools and if we are to use vouchers, they should only be when we cannot provide the student with the free, quality education the constitution guarantees and then they should only be accepted as payment in full.

How would you address problems of racial integration and minority accommodation in the schools? The original concept behind magnets was to attract non-minority students often from a higher socioeconomic background to minority area schools. I believe that helped and we should offer more programs that attract kids to skill-based programs located outside there normal zoned school.

What is your position on the proposed CRC Amendment 8 to the Florida Constitution: the proposal includes allowing the state to authorize charter schools without local approval? I am against it. They have a terrible track record of accountability for charter schools.

What guidelines do you think should be adopted by our school district with regard to children who identify as a gender other than their biological gender? A policy of inclusion.

How important are fine arts and humanities, and extra curricular activities to a total overall education? How should they be funded? They are critical and often more important than some of the so called core courses. I believe in applied learning methods which is how most of those programs run. That is how learning makes sense not just to a child, but to all of us. They should be funded based on the cost to run them. We need to return to a weighted funding method that provides greater dollars for programs that require expensive equipment.

What are your views on including contraception in sex education class (at appropriate class level)? I support it.

Do you have specific changes you want to see made in our schools’ curriculum? Yes. I would eventually like to see all education delivered in an application-based method better known as strands or academies wrapped around potential professions and designed to make sense of the subject matter by having the students build, create or solve real world problems. When they see the need, they learn it.

What are your views on including evolution and climate science in science class? They should be taught and put in the world context of some groups disagreeing and why.

How should the schools accommodate freedom of expression? It should, of course, be allowed and only bound by not disrupting the scheduled lesson or deviating from acceptable behavior and with the understanding that the teacher is the moderator.

How do you discuss topics where there is strong disagreement and remain civil? Set the rules of engagement prior and understand that school rules apply.

With what organizations or affiliations are you associated ? The Democratic party and various screenplay writing groups and film festival groups.

UNITED STATES SENATE

Dr. Charles Tolbert

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In the constitution there are to be nine members in the Supreme Court. If we do not elect a new one, according to the constitution, there would be a tie vote.

With the announcement of President Trump’s next Supreme Court justice nominee looming, attention has focused on how the newest addition will affect the balance of the court’s voting. The ninth justice may be the swing vote in future court cases.

President Obama who should have been impeached, (as what took place with President Andrew Johnson) from naming any new Supreme Court justices, the Congress has a right not to approve.

Past history of our current Congress has been to approve all of the federal judges Trump has nominated.

When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president nominates someone who then has to be approved by a majority vote in the Senate.

“If the Court divides 4-4, the lower court opinion is affirmed without creating any Supreme Court precedent,” said Jeffrey Fisher, a professor of law at Stanford University. Since these lower courts are already Trump’s nominees, it would be best to nominate a ninth judge with critical congressional review.

Ironically, there are no requirements given in the Constitution for becoming a Supreme Court justice. No age, experience, or citizenship rules exist. In fact, a Supreme Court justice does not need to even have a law degree. However, since the Senate confirms justices, experience and background have become important factors in the confirmations.

Charles Frederick Tolbert EdD
Retired MSGT/Pastor

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