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Candidate Q & A – APS District 7

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Questions
1. Do you support efforts to evaluate teachers partly on the basis of their students’ test score improvement? Why or why not?2. Do you support charter schools and the expansion of the charter school movement in Albuquerque? Why or why not?3. As a school board member, would you be willing to conduct all board business on a public email address? Why or why not?

4. Do you support a state law mandating retention of third-graders who test below grade level in reading? Why or why not?

5. Please give your evaluation of Superintendent Winston Brooks’ performance.

6. Describe your approach and priorities in setting the APS budget.

7. What district policies, if any, would you wish to change or enact if elected to the board?

8. What is the biggest problem facing APS?

9. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

10. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

11. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.

Larry Langley

AGE: 55 EDUCATION: High school, Eunice, N.M.; bachelor’s in administration, Dallas Baptist University; master’s in religious education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; master’s, business administration Yale University.

OCCUPATION: Chief executive officer, New Mexico Business Roundtable.

POLITICAL/ GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: CEO, New Mexico Business Roundtable, a public policy organization representing New Mexico’s private business sector, 14 years, worked on over 800 pieces of legislation; appointed by New Mexico Supreme Court to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission; chair, New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council, 2012; co-chair, New Mexico Hispanic Education Act Council, 2012; New Mexico Public Education Funding Formula Task Force, 2012; New Mexico High School Redesign Council, 2008-10; New Mexico Teacher Evaluation Task Force, 2011-12; reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, 2005-10; reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 2010- present.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: HB212 passage, 2003 New Mexico Education Reform Act; SB 120 passage, 2011, New Mexico Early Learning and Education Act; New Mexico Education and Economic Development Policy work for 14 years; presenter, National Governor’s Association; Ready Nation national board of directors; New Mexico ACI focus group; Quality New Mexico board of directors; New Mexico First; Economic Forum

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Who’s Who America Colleges and Universities, New Mexico Power Broker; recipient, New Mexico Technology Association Award; recipient, New Mexico Adult Basic Education Award.

1. Yes. Student performance should have some percentage of value placed on a teacher’s evaluation utilizing multiple other criteria for evaluation, also. 2. Yes. Charter schools have had a strategic and important place in best practice models which can and should be emulated in other APS traditional and charter schools. The expansion of new charter schools should have a contract developed between the chartering authority (APS) and the charter school and criteria for new charters and renewal of existing charters should be determined upon school grading and performance.

3. Yes. In the spirit of full disclosure of “business” handled by the board, I would support all board business this way with the exception of personnel issues regarding the hiring and firing of the superintendent and other personnel issues which would be required to be handled by the board.

4. Yes. The third grade is the absolute last place to hold a student back, there must be assessments at first, second and third grade as to the student’s reading proficiency and resources and interventions to support the student’s advancement in reading. Parents must be involved at every level of retention and intervention for their child.

5. Superintendent Brooks performance based on overall student performance, community engagement, APS personnel issues, and strong opposition of New Mexico Private Sector Business Community public policy issues has been dismal and disappointing.

6. Priorities for funding and setting the APS budget must be centered in decreasing APS administration cost, and pushing dollars to class room and teacher support.

7. A complete review of all policies set over the past five years is a must and revision of board job description must also be revisited and aligned with current statute. Certainly the policies which the current board has put in place regarding multi- year contract extensions for the superintendent must be changed.

8. APS continued status quo and push back on education reforms which are critical to the advancement of student performance of every APS student in order to compete in a global economy must be addressed.

9. Not applicable.

10. No.

11. No.

David E. Peercy (incumbent)

AGE: 68

EDUCATION: New Mexico State University, Ph.D., mathematics, 1971; New Mexico State University, master’s mathematics, 1967; University of Colorado, bachelors, applied mathematics, 1966.

OCCUPATION: Senior scientist, Sandia National Laboratories.

FAMILY: Wife: Martha, married 44 years; two adult sons, Brad, Lane.

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: 40-plus years experience in industry, either working with government agencies or employed by agencies such as Sandia National Laboratories that are associated with the government. Elected APS Board of Education District 7 in 2009-Present.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Achieved special appointment as a senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, an accomplishment accorded fewer than 1 percent of all Sandia employees. This recognition by scientist colleagues is a highly regarded and humbling honor.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Married to my wonderful wife of 44-plus years with whom we have two wonderful sons who have exceptional families. Obviously, not only my own personal accomplishment, but the one I most cherish.

1. Yes, partially, but only if the test is reliable, applied to teachers who teach the subject tested, and the primary purpose is for informational/diagnostic feedback to improve classroom student learning, not simply for external accountability.

2. I support charter schools that provide unique services/capabilities which complement APS regular schools; includes existing authorized charters meeting APS authorization standards. Existing educational funding constraints would make it difficult to expand charter schools within Albuquerque.

3. Yes, to the extent possible for communicating with constituents, as long as it doesn’t violate the Open Meetings Act and requirements for executive closed sessions.

4. The state already has a retention/ promotion statute, but any retention requires significant interventions for effectiveness. Research strongly indicates mandatory retention does not improve student learning, and retained students are more likely to drop out.

5. Very good: exceptional job with community/business relations. Improved graduation rate 52% to 64% over four years; improved proficiency in reading and math; achievement gap is flat, despite 1,000 lost positions. Finances exceptional despite $100 million operational budget reduction.

6. Operational budget must balance to state allocations; highest priority is direct classroom support for teachers, EAs, support staff, M&O personnel. APS Capital Master Plan establishes capital budget. Prioritization is for school refurbishments and technology.

7. As chair of the Policy and Instruction Committee, nearly all polices have been updated. More updates are required for the Instructional Policies to incorporate the Common Core State Standard curriculum, instructional model, training, and assessment.

8. Adequate time on task: students and teachers need more “time on task” in all subjects. Use evidencebased practices; reduce classroom interruptions; expand pre-K/K-3 programs; increase facilities use; reduce high-stakes testing time; give teachers authority to achieve objectives.

9. No.

10. No.

11. No.

— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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