4J School Board Candidate Forum: April 17 at Chávez Elementary School


The 4J School District Parent Leaders Network and the League of Women Voters of Lane County will host a School Board Candidate Forum at Chávez Elementary, 1510 W. 14th Avenue, on Monday, April 17 at 6 pm. The forum will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/1501288496570920/

The town hall-style forum will allow voters to engage with the candidates and provide an opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves, their goals and ideas. The forum will be approximately 90 minutes long.

Volunteers are needed to help manage the tasks for the event. All help is greatly appreciated. Sign up for a shift at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084fa5ab2ba13-school/.

Questions for the Candidates

Members of the 4J community were asked to submit questions for the candidates to incorporate into the discussion. Here are the questions we received.

  • How can we decrease class size!
  • Why are the Middle Schools and High Schools not running computer coding classes in 2017?!
  • I am a parent of a Kindergartener at Edison Elementary, which is widely considered to be one of the “”best”” neighborhood schools in the district. There are 62 Kindergarteners in just two classrooms there. My son has not enjoyed his Kindergarten experience at all, because he is bored and has to sit for far too long each day. The teachers are overwhelmed and overworked and trying to keep up with 31 kids in each class, which leads to “”crowd control”” measures. All of that is to say, in my humble opinion, classroom size is in the top three, if not THE most important issue facing the 4J school district in 2017. If you are elected to the Eugene 4J School Board, what steps would you take to drastically reduce classroom sizes?
  • Do you consider yourself informed about the challenges LGBTQ students face? In what ways are you committed to policies that support and affirm LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender expansive youth?
  • Please describe your views on the relative value of neighborhood schools and alternative schools/programs in light of equity imbalances and limited resources.
  • What will you do to more actively advocate for the needs of TAG students in the 4J district?
  • What is your personal commitment to ensuring gender equity within 4J and protecting LGBTQ students? Please be specific about policies you would propose or advocate for.
  • What would you do to help improve the meals served to our students?
  • Do you view 4j’s Nutrition Services program as an integral part of the educational environment? Why or why not?
  • Why does 4J not offer to transport children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing to OSD everyday? The services offered in Eugene for these children do not meet their needs and they deserve better.
  • What are your plans for increasing diversity among teachers to better reflect the student population beyond the Teacher Pathways program?
  • How will you address racism and other forms of discrimination experienced by students and faculty alike?
  • 1. What are your priorities for the district in the coming year? Why and how did you select these issues?
    2. Are you committed to yearly sharing the major ways you, as board members, evaluate the districts (and individual schools) progress?
    3. What is your own experience with public education?
  • Homelessness continues to be a problem in the community and emergency shelter for families is not sufficient to meet the need during times of extreme weather. How do you think 4J should address this ongoing problem?
  • There has been about $2 billion in new construction in Eugene over the past 5 years, and the 4J school district could have realized several million dollars in revenues if the school board chose to impose this tax after it was first passed by the Oregon state legislature in 2007. Do you support implementing the tax? Why or why not?


About the Forum Sponsors

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is an all-volunteer organization connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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