Compton School Board Candidates were asked:
What is your vision for education in the community?
How does it support the economy and quality of life in the community?
Our schools should be cultural centers of a community. Schools should be where our young go to learn about themselves, their community, and the world. We need schools that reinvigorate learning, produce critical thinkers, and provide avenues for students to begin giving back to their community. Education should provide our young with services, support, interventions, and positive role models that are from their community. If our schools become safe places where learning thrives, our communities will begin to reflect that as well.
My vision for education in the community is that all students that matriculate through Compton unified will be proficient readers by grade three. Students who are proficient by third grade have drastically improved educational outcomes and their chance of being involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems is greatly reduced. This will have a significant effect on the economy and the quality of life in our city as our students especially our boys will be routed away from the school to prison pipeline.
Barbara Jean Calhoun
My vision for education is to bring more music, art, drama science and technology. Our students will be challenged to use their minds and have the ability to enter into the community workforce/ college of choice, which will change their quality of life.
Education in any city is an economic necessity. If the schools are well performing, then it improves the resale value in homes; it increases potential business investment, and prepares students to be concern and contributing residents.
My vision for Compton is extensive, but it begins with the Leadership. For too long have our community leaders engaged in petty political games at the serious expense of our community’s future. I would take the Superintendent at his word when he says “great things are happening in Compton.” But as a student who lived it and as an uncle who sees it worsen, I emphatically disagree.
Good government drives a community, and bad government crashes it.
If we invest in better hiring practices that allow for experienced managers with the right management theories, then we create a better working environment for our staff and teachers. This will take stress away from our workers and will allow them to do a better job.
Teachers and workers will begin to feel respected, trusted and above all: valued.
This feeling will trickle down to the students, who will continue to be rowdy and goofy, but they will be surrounded to a community of supported and well-equipped adults who –with the right training, will be more patient and understanding when students make mistakes.
The district I envision will reach out to every parent and concern them to participate in the school. Parents trust the school to do a good job, but are often bogged down with work, bills, school, family issues, and other responsibilities. So the District must take the initiative to help build a good environment at home. In short, I envision a serious partnership with the City Council to improve the safety and atmosphere of our streets, especially if students walk there everyday.
I consistently talk about how I am appalled that we have rusted fences, filthy restrooms, and decrepit classrooms. I run into the counter argument that ‘students can learn regardless of that.’ I again disagree. We live in the wealthiest nation on earth, yet we are satisfied sending our children to these rundown-learning environments. Day in and day out, the aesthetics serve as a subtle reminder to student that they are not valued. Our students are not Second-Class citizens, therefore they should not attend Second-Class schools.
In short, I envision a competitive district through good management and a good learning environment.
My vision for education in the community is for every child in Compton to have access to a quality K-12 education. That means our students will attend schools that have world class facilities with the best teachers and technologies available to them. It means that every child will have access to a quality pre-school, and that older kids have access to after-school enrichment programs that keep them safe and help them succeed.