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Eagle County RE 50 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?

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Yes. Children have different learning styles, and parents should have a voice in choosing the school which best fits their children's needs.

  
Ryan Geller:  Yes. My children both go to a charter school and it works well for them. At the same time, many of our friends' children attend other public schools in the county. Most of these parents have seen their children thrive and succeed in their respective schools. Some of these parents have decided to switch schools to better accommodate their kids' needs. Being able to choose a school that best suits a child's learning style and individual needs provides the children of our community with the best opportunities for success. 

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

   

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  I strongly believe students/families should have choices in their public schools.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.   

 


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

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  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.”

  
Ryan Geller:  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.”

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  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.”

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Strongly support.

  
Ryan Geller:  Strongly support.

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  Strongly support.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Charter schools should be choice within our public school system.

  
Ryan Geller:  I think they should play an active role within the public school system to best serve the community. 

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  Charter schools are a great option for many students. Not all students want to attend charter schools. Public education should offer schools of choice for students/families.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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?

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  My experience is that charter schools increase parent involvement in both charter and traditional public schools. Parental involvement in education positively impacts all students.

  
Ryan Geller:  Charter schools definitely improve educational opportunities for all public schools. They provide an option for a different educational experience that some children can greatly benefit from.

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:   Charter schools improve educational opportunities for students.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  
Ryan Geller:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  Yes.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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?

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  The school district and BOE are responsible for oversight of charter schools in their district. Attachment 2 of the 2011 publication "Colorado Charter School Sample Renewal Framework" outlines four areas with indicators that are appropriate for a district to use in its role as an authorizer: Academic Performance and Quality of Educational Program, Legal and Institutional Compliance, Effective and Efficient Operations, and Leadership and Governance.

  
Ryan Geller:  I think a public charter school should be given the same consideration as other public schools. Private charter schools should not be regulated by the district board of education unless they receive district funding.

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  School districts and board of education should have a positive working relationship with their charter schools.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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?

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Yes, charter schools are public schools.

  
Ryan Geller:  Yes, but only if they are public charter schools. 

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  Districts should equitably include their charter schools in the distribution of local funds to be able to pass bonds and mill levy overrides to support education in their local community. 

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 


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.

Felicia Battle:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Mary Cotton:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ryan Geller:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Robinette Hoppin:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Tessa Kirchner:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Carolyn Knox Keep:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

 

Kevin Kottenstette:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

  
Carrie Larson:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Robert Ticer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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