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Pueblo City 60 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?

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  Yes I do. My children attended a charter school in Pueblo for 9 years. Unfortunately the school did not have a high school component. I believe that parents should have a choice for their children.  

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Sure. It is their right.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  Yes, I feel that parents and students should be able to choose the school that best fits the educational plan. Some schools do not perform to local, state and national levels and if it happens to be your home school the individuals should have the right to choose a school that best fits their educational needs.

 


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

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  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.”

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  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.”

  
Kelly Wyatt:  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?

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  Strongly support.

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Neither support nor oppose.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  Somewhat support.

 


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

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  There should be more quality charter schools available, especially in the poor school districts.

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  Charter schools offer a more specific educational plan which allows parents and students to determine if they would like to attend a specific genre.

 


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?

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  They improve educational opportunities. My children are in honors classes and I firmly believe it is mostly due to the charter school they attended.

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  In my experiences with charter schools it has appeared to me they have an application process that allows them to pick and choose who attends. Often times students are accepted until the attendance count occurs and then students are sent back to a traditional public school. My only concern is not all public school students may attend some charter schools.

 


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

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  Yes. 

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  No – we need to stop adding charters and invest more resources into traditional public schools.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  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?

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  There needs to be a healthy relationship with direct communication. I believe that charter schools can only help a school district and a school board should embrace them.

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  To evaluate the educational plan and hold them accountable for their student's educational success.

 


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?

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  Yes, the charter schools are still educating the children of their district. They should be given the same support.

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  All schools charter or traditional public should be equally funded at the local, state and national level. The distribution of funds should be determined by the number of students who attend. That is why I feel if funding is granted the student should remain in the charter school for the remainder of that year.

 


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.

Barbara Clementi:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

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

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

  
Kelly Hibler:  I strongly support charter schools to the point if testifying in Denver this past spring.  

  
Frank Latino:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Ginger McKim-Maggrett:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Roderick Ortiz:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Kelly Wyatt:  I feel schools of choice and charter schools offer a viable alternative to the traditional public school. If any school is not making the grade then we should have the choice to see that our children receive a proper education. My youngest child attended a charter school based on these ideologies. 

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