David Giles for Board of Education
Monday, October 28, 2013 • 8:25am
When I ran for the Board in April of 2010, I said that “we need to make difficult choices that live within our means but remain faithful to our values.” I believe our Board has done this over the last three years.
I am proud of the work of our Board over the last three years and the educational improvement initiatives that have been launched, including the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate in our middle schools, improvements in the language arts curriculum and the implementation of Singapore Math, as well as our timely work to align district curriculum with the newly-adopted Common Core standards.
I am doubly proud that we’ve managed to do these things while keeping the impact on local taxpayers to a minimum using effective budget management. Sitting on the Board’s Finance Committee, I’ve been heavily involved in that effort and it’s not fun, but it’s necessary.
Slowly, but surely, test scores have risen, participation rates are up in Advanced Placement and other challenging high school courses and annual parent satisfaction surveys indicate that more and more children are getting what they need. I have seen the impact of all the efforts in my own son’s classes.
But, as I said in 2010, “we have a lot to celebrate but a lot of work left to do. . . .We need a district that is responsive to the needs of every child.” I am running for a second term because I want to lend my insight, energy and voice to the continued effort to make that vision a reality.
I have twenty-four years’ experience as an education attorney, serving the needs of economically disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. I have seen close up how any child, given the right resources and caring, effective instruction, can flourish and ultimately excel. I know we can get to the point where we engage, challenge and inspire every child. I ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 5 to enable my continued involvement in that effort on the Board of Education. I also urge you to vote for six-year incumbent and current Board President Beth Daugherty and first-time candidate Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, who share many of my views and convictions. For more on our views, see our website boe2013.com.