Goldman for school board

Debra Goldman is running for Wake County School Board in District 9. If elected, she will be “my” school board members. I meet her at the American Majority’s Activist Training Day Aug. 29. I like her and I like her platform. So for what it is worth, this is an endorsement.

Debra wants to put citizens at the top of the school board organization chart. What a concept. She believes “Parental involvement is the most important factor in determining the educational success of our children.” And I would add, grandchildren.

That’s why she’s one of four school board candidates endorse by the Wake Schools Community Alliance, the group that’s championing neighborhood schools versus the busing for diversity policy of the existing school board. Chris Malone (District 1), John Tedesco (District 2) and Deborah Pickett (District 7).

Her platform calls for “sensible assignment policies which keep students close to home, allowing parents more opportunities to support their children and their schools.” Debra wants parents to have the choice of sending their kids to year-round or traditional schools. She wants the school board to be fiscally responsible.

“We must stop wasting money on less important administrative functions, and refocus every dollar possible into the classroom,” she said.

From the press release announcing her candidacy:

“As a Wake County citizen, I recognize that our school system is the lifeblood of our community. As a parent with two children in Wake County Public Schools, I know that it is important to bring a family-focused perspective to the School Board.” Debra brings strong business experience in sales, management and budget supervision. Debra has also been a dedicated servant to her community, serving as a firefighter and EMT, volunteering in the classroom, and actively serving the PTA.

When it comes to our school system, Wake County citizens should not settle for anything less than a world class education for all students. As the District 9 School Board representative, Debra will ensure that we are setting the highest standards for Wake County Schools, and that we put the programs and policies in place so that we can compete on a national level.

Research shows that the primary predictor of educational success is parental involvement. As Debra Goldman stated, “We must refocus our efforts on building parental support for our students and schools. To do that, we need sensible policies which focus on innovation, not transportation, in order to give all of our students the best chance for success.”

Another significant issue which Debra will take on is Wake County Schools’ current practice of mandatory assignment to year round schools.

As Debra put it, “Voluntary year round schools have been an effective and efficient option for many Wake County families, and we must be sure to preserve that option. But MYR schools in Wake County, like those in hundreds of other school districts, have not succeeded. They are expensive, inefficient and cause immeasurable damage to Wake County families. The time has come to end mandatory year round assignment.”

As the District 9 School Board representative, Debra will bring a citizens-first approach to the team leading our school system. Debra’s belief is that “Wake County citizens are at the top of the organization chart, not the bottom, and as a School Board we need to remember that every day.”

Debra’s priorities for Wake County schools include:

  • Establish new community engagement channels which give parents the voice they deserve, and the ideas that our school system needs.
  • Implement sensible assignment policies which keep students close to home, allowing parents more opportunities to support their children and their schools.
  • Make assignment to year round schools an option available to more families, while ending the practice of mandatory assignment to year round schools.
  • We must embrace more innovative approaches to teaching economically disadvantaged students and increasing involvement among their parents.
  • Stop comparing our school system to the rest of North Carolina and set our sights on successfully competing at the national level.
  • We must stop wasting money on less important administrative functions, and refocus every dollar possible into the classroom.