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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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Andrew Thomas
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Los Angeles Unified School District; District 5


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?

Continuing to improve student achievement for all students. We need to 1) adopt zero-based budgeting that allows us to focus on instructional needs, 2) Ensure the common core is implemented and instructional practices improve, 3) support teachers to reach higher

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

The board should hire the superintendent, ensure the budget is aligned to priorities, oversee the development of the LCAP, represent schools and communities and advocate for those needs with the superintendent, and otherwise support the district staff and superintendent.

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

Teacher evaluations should occur at the school level and be the responsibility of principals. Principals need to have the support, resources and authority to support and supervise teachers. The entire schools (administrators, teachers, families and staff) has the responsibility for high achievement.

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