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Steamboat Springs RE-2 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?

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  Parents have the right to choose now in the state of Colorado. 

  
Lindsay Wert:  Yes, I support a parent’s right to choose the public school they feel is the best fit for their child.

  


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

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

  
Lindsay Wert:  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?

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  Neither support nor oppose.

  
Lindsay Wert:  Strongly support.

 


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

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  The support should go both ways. Public schools and charter schools should support each other and follow the same protocols and standards as all publicly funded schools must do.

  
Lindsay Wert:  Charter schools allow methods to be tuned to the best interests of the student, thus enhancing educational outcomes. Parents and students can then choose the best for their needs.

 


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?

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  I think it is more difficult in smaller communities.

  
Lindsay Wert:  Through their innovation and tailoring, I believe charter schools actually provide needed alternatives and competition to the traditional public school environment. This also can often provide a needed model for change and improvement in traditional public schools.

 


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

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place. The strategic plan of any entity is key to this question. What are the purposes, plan and outcome for the school? How does it follow state standards? Measure student growth? Coordinate with the other schools? Key questions for any charter school committee. 

  
Lindsay Wert:  Yes.

 


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?

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  The same as what it is for a regular school. 

  
Lindsay Wert:  Oversight to ensure academic goals are met and charter schools are operated in a financially responsible manner. This should be done in a hands-off manner, based on goals, measurements, and summaries rather than micro-management.

 


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?

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  Charter schools have responsibilities to report to the local school board just as any other school administrator. 

  
Lindsay Wert:  Districts should be responsible to ensure all students in the district are equitably funded. That said, charter schools may have may have special characteristics requiring funding that is unrelated to normal district funding and thus will require different funding approaches, and those different funding approaches need to be championed by the advocates of the charter school in 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.

Joseph Andrew:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Michelle Dover:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Margaret Huron:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Anne Lowe:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Sameta Rush:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Lindsay Wert:  I generally support all forms of school choice with public funds, with the only requirement being reasonable academic performance.

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