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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA March 3, 2015 Election
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Elizabeth Badger Bartels
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Los Angeles Unified School District; District 3


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?

Failing Education System. With low graduation rates of 62.4% down from 2010 of 69.7% and high drop out rates at 24.7% up from 17.3% in 2010, LAUSD has failed our children.

As a board member, I will work to invest in early childhood education. All statistics state that when we invest on the front end of a child's education reaps high preformance on the back end.

2. What is the role of the Board, and what is the role of the Superintendent? How should they interact?

The LAUSD Boards role is to be responsive to the priorities, beliefs and values of the community and children it represents. It should be able to empower the staff, teachers and parents so that together we can create a quality education for our children. Finally, the board's role is to implement smart and thoughtful public policy.

The Superintendent works for the board and not vice versa. The role of the superintendent is to follow and implement the policies and guidelines set by the board. Having said that, I believe their interaction should be one of professional, respectful and colloborative.

3. What are your criteria for an effective teacher evaluation plan?

I would ensure that the evaluation plan is fair, individulized and teacher is not made to feel as if it is punitive; but corrective. Ensure that the teacher has a wide knowledge of curriculums, and has a clear command of language and subject matter.

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