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District 3 Los Lunas Public Schools

Jessie Lewis

  • Should there be a mask requirement for children going back to schools in the fall?

NO, I do not believe that children should be required to wear masks to be allowed to attend school.
Parents and families should have the choice.
However, I realize that this is an issue divided and that many parents won’t send their kids to school if they feel their kids aren’t safe. Getting kids back in school is of utmost importance; I could compromise on a recommendation for masks if it helped keep kids in their classrooms.

  • Do you believe that the State and your District returned students to their classrooms: too early, at the
    right time, or not quickly enough?

Kids were not back in school quickly enough. New Mexico’s children are already struggling to meet basic educational skills and New Mexico’s schools rank lowest in the nation. It’s yet to be seen how drastic the impacts on achievement in math, science, and language will be, but I am certain that keeping students from attending schools has had a negative social and emotional impact, that for some, will be lasting.

  • A brief sentence or two regarding your feelings on charter schools and your support/opposition in your
    district:

Charter schools offer additional choices and opportunities. Every option to improve a child’s opportunity should be explored and family choice should be an option.

  • What kind of tools do you believe should be implemented at the district level to improve student
    outcomes? How would you work within your school board to improve student outcomes?

Set measurable goals! Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and given a Time Frame kind of goals.
SMART goals should be set for teachers, students, and staff. I also think “interviewing” the kids and teachers from time to time could provide important feedback on the daily on-goings in the classroom. I think actively inviting parents back into the classrooms and making curriculum information easily accessible could prove excellent accountability tools.
I would work with the board, the superintendent, and with input from the teachers and parents, to
create said goals and to define how those goals will be assessed. I believe the reported progress could be a start in improving student outcomes.

  • Do you support an online transparency portal to include annual budgetary information?

Yes

  • In your view is CRT, particularly the oppressor/oppressed dynamics it teaches, appropriate for middle
    and high school classrooms?

NO, critical race theory is NOT appropriate for our children’s classrooms. CRT began as a “creative” way to view law and the application of it through the lens of race. Let adults hash out how much racism has impacted outcomes and statistics. Children should learn about key events that shaped their world, they should be taught history not hate. When they learn about historical events, they will learn to think critically about how racism, and poverty, and religion, and immigration, culture, technology, etc., etc. has
impacted the world they live in today. America’s past should be taught in historical context and be age/grade appropriate.
No one, no child, should be taught that they belong to a group of oppressors or the oppressed.

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District 3 Los Lunas Public Schools

Paul “Pablito” Herrera

  • Should there be a mask requirement for children going back to schools in the fall?

The CDC defines direct contact as less than 6 feet apart for more than 6 minutes. If children are able to avoid direct contact (stay more than 6 feet apart throughout the day) why should they wear a mask?

 

  •  Do you believe that the State and your district returned students to their classrooms: Too Early, At the right time, or Not quickly enough? (pick one).

Not quickly enough.

  •  Districts are one potential charter school authorizer in the State of New Mexico. Could you offer a brief sentence or two regarding your feelings on charter schools and your support/opposition in your district?

When we rank 50th in the nation, all options should be considered. Why would we oppose any form of education that would improve educational outcomes?

  •  What kind of accountability tools do you believe should be implemented at the district level to improve student outcomes? How would you work within your school board to improve student outcomes?

Student assessments, staff, parent, and student feedback, etc. All these tools should be used to make adjustments and to guide continual quality improvement.

 

  • If it does not already do so, would you support creating an online transparency portal to include annual budget information, employee salaries, administrator contracts, and other public records?

Yes

  • In your view, is Critical Race Theory, particularly the oppressor/oppressed dynamics it teaches, appropriate for middle and high school classrooms?

It is never appropriate to teach children that they are oppressed or oppressors based on the color of their skin.