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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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Stephen E. "Steve" Schulte
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the Board of Trustees; Los Angeles Community College District; Office 5


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Questions & Answers

1. What is the single most important issue facing LACCD today? How, as Trustee, would you deal with it?

The primary issue for the community colleges is to deliver on their promise of solid educational performance. Their role is critical for those not ready for a four-year college, for veterans, for low-income and immigrant students, for retired persons returning to school and so on. The colleges need to deliver better education, strong remedial enforcement and excellent preparation skills for college or the workplace.

To begin with I would: 1) Put more money into student support services, 2) hire more fulltime faculty so there can be more and better classes, 3) ensure that there is a match between technical and job-oriented classes and local business people, 4) increase the opportunities for competeent students to interract and to collaborate with the faculty. By working on accountabililty improvements for the school administration and the Board these items can be put into place.

2. How would you address the level of resources now devoted to remedial classwork at our community colleges?

I would put more money into remedial education as well as look closely at models that have worked well in other districts: collaboration learning, financial competence courses, critical thinking----only a few of the new ideas that have been successful elsewhere.

3. How would you prioritize the various roles of the community college today?

There needs first to be some research into what is done will (what works well now)----what is working, as well as building on "middle skills". The latter would not try to replicate what four-year institutions do best, but would fill a needed role by concnetrating on both remedial education and job preparation. This synthesis would be an important development for those who will not be going on to a four-year college. It would supplemnt the current curriculum. The status quo is not delivering very good results.

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