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Westminster 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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  I support a parent's right to choose the school they feel is the best fit for their child. This is because all children are not the same and do not learn the same way.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 


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

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

  
Paola Urgiles:  I can name one or more charter schools in Colorado.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Neither support nor oppose.

  
Paola Urgiles:  Somewhat support. I am proud to have been involved with a school at the forefront of innovation in the education field. However, I was educated in the traditional public school system and I am running for School Board so that families of all backgrounds in my district have access to an equally enriching school environment.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  Charter Schools provide choice in the options for parents and students. The schools are free public schools which help families who want something different for their child's education.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  Charter Schools have both a positive and negative impact for public schools. It is up to the districts to determine how to best manage the district as a whole and providing different choices for the parent in the community.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

 


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

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Maybe – if there is a strategic growth plan in place.

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

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  A school district's role is to provide access to a quality public education to the children in the community. Charter Schools in the district must be held accountable, just like any other school, that the quality of education is the best. 

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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?

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  I believe that districts have a responsibility to equitably include their charter schools in the distribution of local funds. These funds should be distributed on a per pupil basis as not every child in the charter school come from the district. The families whose children go to the charter school are paying into the local funds and should get some of the benefit from them. 

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  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.

Ken Ciancio:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Max Math:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Paola Urgiles:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question.

  
Larry Dean "Dino" Valente:  Candidate elected not to respond to this question. 

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