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Moffat County RE: No 1 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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  Yes and no. I can understand the need some parents have to change a child's school, but I also value the neighborhood school concept.

   

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

   

Charity Neal:  Yes, I believe that we need to give parents greater control in educational choices. I further believe that this increased control will result in increased engagement.

 

Amy Shaffer:  Yes. I feel parents should have an active part in selecting their child's school. 2 reasons: first they will be more involved continuing forward because they were involved at the beginning (connection to the school), and secondly it creates a sense of responsibility to see that school succeed and be part of the process. I also believe parents will take pride in knowing they can help choose what is done with their tax dollars.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  


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

Jo Ann Baxter:  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."

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

  
Amy Shaffer:  I have heard the term “charter school."

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  Somewhat oppose.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  Strongly support.

  
Amy Shaffer:  Somewhat support. I feel that a charter school can be a good tool in a community to boost parent choice as well as innovation in the classroom. I know many teachers who feel their hands are tied from advancing students due to either budget or lack of advancements in curriculum and teaching methods.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  They should be required to comply with all the same rules and regulations that traditional public schools must follow.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  Expanded options.

  
Amy Shaffer:  A chance for students and parents to break free of the normal schooling options and potentially pursue a more rigorous education curriculum or one that caters more toward the individual demographics and personal preferences of the community. I know in our county, the traditional, christian American value system is still desired and a school reflecting those morals and guidelines would be a huge success. Our county ACT scores are well below average. It's very possible that a charter school which caters towards better preparation for testing would benefit us. Without higher school ranking/scores, there's very little incentive for immigration into and growth of our community. Good schools = good economy and growth.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  I think they may negatively impact the educational opportunities for students in traditional (neighborhood) schools.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  I believe that they improve overall education in Districts where they are located.

  
Amy Shaffer:  In a smaller community such as ours, I see only benefit.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 


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

Jo Ann Baxter:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  Yes.

  
Amy Shaffer:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  To set policy regarding the management and educational program to be implemented.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  I believe there should remain a level of fiscal and content oversight.

  
Amy Shaffer:  Same as with traditional public schools: review and amend the curriculum, teachers and programs to better serve and educate our kids.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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?

Jo Ann Baxter:  Not necessarily. Charter schools that are formed by parents and teachers in a community might be eligible, but not ANY for profit institution or business.

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  No, due to my understanding that charter schools are allowed to deny entrance.

  
Amy Shaffer:  I feel that districts and school boards have a responsibility to make recommendations and oversee all aspects of the public schooling system. However, as a parent I also feel that if we are to have more flexibility with a charter school, then we cannot expect to take funds from the schools we did NOT choose. As a taxpayer I feel a portion of distributions should be earmarked for charter school in the community. As a parent I know that other parents and corporations within the community would rise up to provide the remaining facility funding.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  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.

Jo Ann Baxter:  I would oppose a charter school that is operated by a for-profit institution or business. I would have to be convinced there is a need for a locally organized and controlled charter school. At this point in time I do not see there is such a need in this district.  

 

Francis Folks:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Jnl Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Travis Linsacum:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Charity Neal:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Amy Shaffer:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Darryl Steele:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 

Joan Tupa:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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