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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA May 19, 2015 Election
Smart Voter

Richard A. Vladovic
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Los Angeles Unified School District; District 7


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?

The most important issue facing LAUSD today is increasing academic achievement. The Great Recession was very difficult on our economy and our schools. Our school district did not have the resources it desperately needed for many years.

Now that the economy is improving and resources are increasing, it's time to bolster our efforts to provide healthier, safer schools; implement vital new programs; and guarantee our youth the opportunities they will need to succeed in life.

The graduation rate is increasing, the drop-out rate is decreasing, and we are providing the resources our local schools need. We need to continue these successes.

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

The School Board sets policy for the district and the Superintendent administers the district. It is very important to have a close working relationship in order to bring a comprehensive approach to governing the second largest K-12 system in the country.

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

Evaluating teachers must be a comprehensive process that includes classroom observation, the review of test scores, the progress individual students are making, and more. Additionally, each evaluation should be weighed for factors that are out of the teacher's control, including the school environment and the socio-economic makeup of the student body.

Even more important than evaluating our teachers is training our teachers. LAUSD must continue to devote resources to the professional development of our educators.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' answers are presented as submitted.

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