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Adams-Arapahoe 28J (APS) Board Candidate Survey
Q1 - Do you support a parent’s right to choose the public school they feel is the best fit for their child? Why or why not?

Grant Barrett:  Yes. It is my responsibility as a parent to choose the right education for my child. Children have different needs and learning skills, the one-size-fits-all approach is not the best option for all.

  
Linda Cerva:  Yes. Parents know their children best and should be able to choose a quality option for them that best meets their needs in a public school system.

  
Monica Colbert:  Yes. It is a parent's right and responsibility to direct the education of their child. I do not believe that a "one-size-fits-all" approach works for all children.

  
Billie Day:  Yes. Public schools are available to any child.    

   

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I strongly support the ability of parent's to choose the public school that they deem most appropriate for their child. This includes the choice to participate in a traditional or alternate educational model. As a parent of student's in traditional public schools and one in a charter school I greatly value what each can bring to serve the needs of children.

  
Cathy Wildman:  Yes, I support the parent's right to choose the public school that is right for their child. I feel that they know the needs of their child more than anyone else does.  

  


Q2 - Which of the following describes your familiarity with charter schools? (Select all that apply).

Grant Barrett:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado. I know a student who attends a charter school in Colorado. I have heard the term “charter school.”

  
Linda Cerva:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

  
Monica Colbert:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado. I know a student who attends a charter school in Colorado.

  
Billie Day:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado. I know someone who works at a charter school in Colorado.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado. I know someone who works at a charter school in Colorado. I know a student who attends a charter school in Colorado. I have heard the term “charter school.”

  
Cathy Wildman:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado. I know someone who works at a charter school in Colorado. I know a student who attends a charter school in Colorado.

  


Q3 - Which of the following best describes your level of support or opposition toward charter schools in Colorado?

Grant Barrett:  Strongly support. Charter schools are public schools with the flexibility to try innovative approaches to learning while still being held accountable for student achievement.

  
Linda Cerva:  Somewhat support. I support high-quality charter schools; I don't believe some are reaching the high-quality bar.

  
Monica Colbert:  Strongly support. Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement.

  
Billie Day:  I will approach all schools with an open mind. Any charter needs to fit the needs of the district and the students they serve just as the rest of our public schools.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  Strongly support.

  
Cathy Wildman:  Neither support nor oppose.

  


Q4 - In your view, what role should charter schools play in providing parents and students choice in their public school options?

Grant Barrett:  Aurora Public Schools offers some wonderful Charter schools to provide choice to parents. APS has varying choices for parents including charter, magnet, innovation and pilot schools

  
Linda Cerva:  They should play an equal role as traditional schools, as long as they meet the quality bar and are filling a need in the community. 

  
Monica Colbert:  Charter schools provide a valuable opportunity for parents to choose. In Aurora Public Schools, we are fortunate to have many options, including charter, magnet, pilot and innovation. 

  
Billie Day:  The role of the school district, and myself, as a board member, is to provide for all students and ensure they all are receiving a high quality education. This may or may not include charters.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I believe charter schools provide a beneficial and significant opportunity for educational choice within our public school system.

  
Cathy Wildman:  I believe that parents need to find the best option to meet the educational needs of their child.  

  


Q5 - In your view, do charter schools help improve educational opportunities for all public school students or do they negatively impact the educational opportunities for students in traditional public schools?

Grant Barrett:  Charter schools are able to be innovative, the successes found in charter schools can be shared throughout the district.

  
Linda Cerva:  High-quality charter schools help improve educational options for kids; low-quality schools, whether traditional or charter, hurt educational outcomes. 

  
Monica Colbert:  Public Charter Schools provide flexibility to innovate and provide additional choice for students and families. Charter schools provide a positive impact on the district as a whole.

  
Billie Day:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I see charter schools as having a positive impact on the portfolio of educational offerings provided within the traditional public school system. I don't view charters and traditional schools as antagonistic and believe they really serve to complement each other and provide nuanced opportunities to meet the needs of all the students and families within a community.

  
Cathy Wildman:  Based on the schools that I am aware of in my immediate community I believe that it is an opportunity for parents to find the school that meets their child's academic needs.    

  


Q6 - Do you support the creation of more charter schools?

Grant Barrett:  Yes. If a plan is presented that offers a unique learning opportunity that fills a need in the community, I'm all for it. High student achievement must be the focus.

  
Linda Cerva:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place. Again, depending on the needs of the community, I support high-quality options to serve Aurora's children, and that can include well-run charter schools.

  
Monica Colbert:  Yes. I support additional charter schools if the plan presented fits well within the needs of that community and has ability to provide outstanding academic programs for students.

  
Billie Day:  There should be a strategic growth plan for all students.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  Yes. I believe the opening and development of innovative school models of all types (including charters) has the potential to be beneficial to our communities. That being said, I believe all new schools should be held to high standards, with consistent expectations, and supported on a equal basis.

  
Cathy Wildman:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  


Q7 - What do you believe is the proper role for a school district and a district board of education to play in relation to the charter schools in their district?

Grant Barrett:  The district and the board of education should be a supporting role, holding charter and traditional public schools to a high standard. Funding should be equal across the board for public schools in the district.

  
Linda Cerva:  A school district administration and board should play a role in authorizing charters, and ensuring that a charter school in Aurora feels like it is part of the district.

  
Monica Colbert:  I believe the school district and board of education should be supportive to public charter schools, holding each school accountable according to their charter.  

  
Billie Day:  The board and district must ensure a high quality education for all of the students in public schools. This includes looking at each charter on an individual basis and making sure it is meeting the needs of students as with the rest of the public schools.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I believe that the elected local board of education should maintain a consistent role in regards to all schools in which it authorizes. The school district should be a source of support to charter schools, maintain high but fair expectations for student performance, and work to fully encourage charter participation in district functions while providing them a voice in decisions that impact their functions. 

  
Cathy Wildman:  I believe that a charter school needs to meet the same criteria that public schools need to meet. We have a process and a rubric that is required for approval. I believe in this process.  

  


Q8 - Do you believe districts have a responsibility to equitably include their charter schools in the distribution of local funds related to facilities (bonds) and operational expenses (mill levy overrides)? Why or why not?

Grant Barrett:  Yes. Public school students should receive the same funding district wide.

  
Linda Cerva:  Yes, we should be sharing our resources for all children in Aurora.

  
Monica Colbert:  Yes, all public schools should benefit equally from public funding. 

  
Billie Day:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  Yes, I believe that all public schools should be funded in a fashion equitable with that of traditional schools. In effect, charters are public schools, use public monies, and serve the students of our community. Thus, inequitable funding is not justifiable once the decision has been made to open and support the school. 

   

Cathy Wildman:  I believe that we have done that in my district.  

  


Q9 - Please feel free to provide any additional comments or viewpoints regarding school choice and charter schools in the state of Colorado that you were not able to cover in your responses above.

Grant Barrett:  I look forward for the opportunity to work with the community, teachers, and students to make APS a better place to learn. Charter schools a are a valuable asset to the district and would love to see what else they can offer our students and increase student achievement district wide.

  
Linda Cerva:  My overarching goal is that every student in Aurora have access to a high-quality education.

  
Monica Colbert:  My primary goal as a board member will be to raise student achievement and collaborate with teachers, staff and community members. Choice in education, including a vibrant charter community within Aurora Public Schools, is a vital part of how we serve our students and families.

  
Billie Day:  The number one responsibility of a district is to provide equitably for all students and ensure we are providing a high quality education. In some instances this may include charters and in some it may not, remembering that charter schools were originally intended as experiments to improve education for all. 

 

Michael Donald:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Dan Jorgensen:  I strongly support the development of innovative programs and schools that serve to promote student achievement and authentic educational opportunities. This includes traditional schools, teacher-led schools, alternative schools, and charter schools. Each type of school has a place in meeting the needs of parents and students within a district so should be supported. One of the most rewarding aspects of serving on my local board, to present, has been the approval of a number of charter schools with unique educational opportunities. This includes the charter school in which my son is now a student. 

  
Cathy Wildman:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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