09 Oct Tameka Henry
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for Trustee, Clark County School District C
Candidate contact information:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 702-807-8401
Facebook: Tameka Henry for School Board Trustee District C
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
I was inspired to run for the CCSD Board of Trustees because I strongly believe that all
students in my district and throughout Nevada need a strong advocate who will fight
for them to ensure equitable learning opportunities are afforded. As a parent, educator
and an engaged community member, I have personally witnessed many families in my
situation fall through the gaps in our system. I intend to bring those issues to the
forefront and fight for historically-underserved and under-resourced students. My
ambition to help realize a better future is rooted in my experience serving on various
community boards that directly seek input from students, parents and teachers.
What are your views on providing age-appropriate, medically-accurate, culturally-inclusive sex-ed to Nevada’s students?
I support providing age-appropriate, medically-accurate, culturally-inclusive sex-ed to Nevada’s students with the parents permission.
If elected, what strategies or policies can be implemented to keep racially-based threats and other discriminatory behaviors out of our schools to keep our children safe?
It will be important for every staff member to undergo diversity, equity, inclusion training. We must identify if implicit bias exists and offer support and additional training in a timely manner. Hate motivated behavior will not be tolerated.
What do you believe is the best approach to ensure all of Nevada’s children have access to a quality education?
I believe that the best approach to access quality education should start with an increase to full day pre- K in areas of higher need. We can then identify those students who may be in need of intervention sooner. We could also ensure that there is equitable access to magnet programs and CTE’s.
What steps should be taken to ensure the safety of Nevada’s children in our schools and communities? How would you specifically address the potential for gun violence in our schools?
We should ensure that all schools are a safe place to learn. We could increase adult supervision on campuses by encouraging and implementing programs that have parents as volunteers. It is also important for all law enforcement agencies to work together to identify any potential threats.
How should Nevada address the ongoing difficulties to effectively and equitably fund public schools across the diverse landscape of the state? How will you use your position to address this issue?
I would use my position as a Trustee to advocate for a long overdue increase in our per pupil funding formula. I would ensure that our school district provides accurate and current data to support the need to fully fund our public school system. We can also work with our communities and elected officials to identify other possible funding sources.
What do you see as the government’s role in providing students with access to different education choices (including magnet programs, charter schools, homeschooling, etc) to meet a variety of unique needs? What standards do you think should apply across schooling options?
I believe that families should have the right to choose which educational setting is best for the needs of their child. Equitable access is important for all students. Oftentimes those with IEPS are not considered for certain schools. Lack of transportation is another factor that leaves students out. It is important to ensure all public schools are providing quality education.
What are the biggest issues facing the education community in Nevada, and how do you propose to solve them?
Lack of adequate funding is one issue facing our education community with another being the hiring and retention of tenured educators. We can continue to advocate for an increase in per pupil funding. We can also offer incentives to those educators to take placement in our schools that have a higher need and that are lower performing. Performing "stay" interviews with educators in lieu of exit interviews may help increase retention. With stay interviews educators could express what supports are needed for them to continue placement within our schools.
How can Nevada disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline to ensure that students are not prematurely introduced to the criminal justice system?
Nevada can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by implementing restorative justice programs with fidelity. We could do a better job of not suspending children of color at a disproportionate rate. Increasing access to mentorship programs on school campus will be helpful as well.
How should our schools address gender-diverse policies to ensure the safety of all Nevada’s students?
Geneder-diverse policies should be enforced just like all policies that are implemented to ensure student safety and inclusion.
Across Nevada, Spanish speaking parents struggle to receive assistance and attention in their children’s schools because many schools with high Latino student populations fail to provide bilingual front office staff readily available to assist parents. What is your position on passing legislation that would offer schools with significant Latino and ELL (English Language Learner) student populations funding to hire bilingual staff designated for parental engagement in the school’s administrative office?
I would support additional funding to hire bilingual staff members because families deserve to be engaged in their preferred language. Oftentimes things can get lost in translation when students are asked to translate for their parents. We want to create as few barriers as possible for all students including our English Language Learners.