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Durango 9-R 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?

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  Yes PROVIDED that the charter is not religious-based in nature. Public funds should not support religious based schools.  

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  Yes.

  


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

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  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.” 9-R has two local charters and we just agreed as a board to support a 3rd charter.

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  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.”

 


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

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  Somewhat support. Again, I have strong reservations about public funding going for religious based schools. I also have a challenge when a charter says that only students who plan to attend college should apply to it -- that is a tacit form of an admissions standard and thus IMO a somewhat disingenuous way of circumventing the open admissions policy.  

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  Neither support nor oppose. It depends on the school.

 


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

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  Not sure that I understand your question since charters are legal in Colorado and do provide choice by their very definition.  

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  High quality charter schools should be available to students.

 


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?

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  Charters work successfully for some students and thus play a useful role.  

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  Improve educational opportunities for students.

 


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

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  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?

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  When chartered under 9-R, we have great oversight of the budget, faculty and staff and safety of the facility.  

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  Durango School Boards meet annually, for Durango this level of Board collaboration is sufficient. The Board Presidents meet additionally as needed. 

 


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?

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  No. Some charters find ways to be exclusionary in their admission practices, and too many charters do dilute traditional public school's ability to serve ALL students well.

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  I would leave this decision to the voters.

 


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.

Kim Martin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Stephanie Moran:  I have supported working well with our two current local charters and voted in support of the new elementary Juniper School opening fall 2016. Charters that do due diligence and have truly open admission policies and  work diligently to keep students enrolled deserve the chance to succeed and help students to thrive.

  
Matthew Sheldon:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Brieanne Stahnke:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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