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From the Pinellas school board candidate forum

27

July

For those of you who missed it, we'll be posting the video to last night's Pinellas County School Board candidate forum as soon as it's available. There also will be another story in the St. Pete Times neighborhood section. But here's a sampling of what took place:

Candidates were asked a series of "lightning round" questions in which they could only give a yes or no answer. The questions and answers for each district are as follows:

1. Do you believe that Pinellas County Schools have put enough emphasis on combating bullying and escalating school violence?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - No

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - No

2. Would you support longer school days?

 District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

3. Would you support the abolishment of early release Wednesdays?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

4. Do you support working with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to supply busing for high schools?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

5. To save money, would you allow middle and high school students to ride the same bus?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - No

6. Should any non-instructional school services be transferred to the private sector in order to save money?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - No

7. Do you support the continuation of the one-half mill ad valorem tax for school district operating expenses?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

8. Do you support legislation that would allow for the takeover of public schools by for-profit charter management companies and other corporate interests?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - No

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - No

9. Do you oppose the current use of the FCAT to assess student, teacher, school and district performance?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

10. Is it realistic that nearly 99 percent of teachers in Pinellas County received a performance rating of satisfactory or above?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - No

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - No

11. Do you object to the public giving the school board a grade for their actions and outcomes?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - No

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

Do you SUPPORT  to the public giving the school board a grade for their actions and outcomes?

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

12. Do you support the implementation of Common Core state standards?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - Yes

Elliott Stern - Yes

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - Yes

Corey Givens Jr. - Yes

Rene Flowers - Yes

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

13. Can schools succeed without strong parental involvement?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - No

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - No

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - No

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - No

14. Are you a current PTA member?

District 1:

Jim Jackson - Yes

Janet Clark - No

Elliott Stern - No

Shelly Ladd-Gilbert - Yes

District 7:

Glenton Gilzean - Yes

Keisha Bell - No

Corey Givens Jr. - No

Rene Flowers - No

Cassandra Jackson - Yes

 

Editor's note: Please note that an earlier version of this post included the wrong wording for Question No. 11 as it was posed to District 7 candidates. Candidates in the two races were asked different versions of the same question.

 

[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 1:03pm]

    

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