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Brighton 27J School 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?

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Yes, that is their prerogative.

  
Farid Jalil:  100% yes, because she knows her child better than anyone else. 

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  I believe it is a parents right to do what is best for their child. Their decision as to placing their child in district managed schools or charter school is their right. I sometimes disagree with their reasons for placing their child in a charter school.

  
Lloyd Worth:  Yes. Each child is unique and learns differently. One school's focus or environment may be more in line with a particular child's needs.

  


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

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  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.”

  
Farid Jalil:  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.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Our district has 5 district authorized charter schools.

  
Lloyd Worth:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

 


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

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Somewhat support.

  
Farid Jalil:  Strongly support.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Somewhat oppose. I don't always agree with the reason a charter school is started. They have served our district well because of our population growth and lack of voter support for building district managed schools. I don't like how our district has become polarized to some extent. It is just the perception that "charter schools" are better. Data does not support that statement. Our district managed schools are GOOD and serve our people.

  
Lloyd Worth:  Somewhat support. Charter schools are an important idea as long as they deliver on their promise and do not undermine the traditional school system.

 


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

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  The best education.

  
Farid Jalil:  They should provide you with the clearest information and easy access to help parents make the best choice for the students. 

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  It is an option for parents to make a choice for their child.

  
Lloyd Worth:  They should offer a very defined curriculum that clearly sets itself apart from the non-charter schools. Then they must deliver it accurately and adequately.

  


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?

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  The charter schools working hand and hand to give our students the best education and opportunities so they can succeed. 

  
Farid Jalil:  Charter schools are an important improvement to the opportunities available for Colorado children. They exemplify local control and flexibility which enables the decision-making process to be closer to each student, and the ability to choose the right school for your child, as in most other aspects of life, fosters ownership which strengthens its community.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Charter schools should not impact the educational opportunities for any other students (other charters or district managed school).

  
Lloyd Worth:  In general, charter schools offer different opportunities for the students. This does not negatively impact opportunities for students in traditional schools.

  


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

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  
Farid Jalil:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  
Lloyd Worth:  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?

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Support the charter schools, they are public schools.

  
Farid Jalil:  To provide support and accountability.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Once the contract is in place, the board and district should monitor the contract, make sure money is being spent appropriately and students are safe.

  
Lloyd Worth:  Support them as they support the traditional schools.

  


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?

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Yes, it is our responsibility to make sure all students have great schools. 

  
Farid Jalil:  100% yes, simply because charter schools are public schools under a different name, and they deserve equal treatment and benefits.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Charter schools are always asked to be included on bond issues (we have two schools on our 2015 issue). And it depends on how the mill levy override is worded if the charters are included. 

  
Lloyd Worth:  Districts do not have that responsibility. So funding equitably, but not necessarily equally is fine.

  


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.

Kyle Farner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Teresa Gallegos:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Farid Jalil:  When you empower people with the freedom of choice, you enable them to maximize their experience and intelligence when making important decisions in life, and since the education of children is of the greatest importance to a family and our society at large, the ability to choose how and where a child receives that education is a priority that must continue to be provided through charter schools.

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

 

Luis Mella:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Gregory Piotraschke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roberta Thimmig:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Lloyd Worth:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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