Q1: Contact Information
Name John F. Carroll
Title on Committee (if any) Clerk
ZIP/Postal Code 02865
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number (401) 475-4566
Q2: Were you elected or appointed to your position?
Q3: When were you first elected/appointed to the School Committee? When does your term expire?
First Elected 11/07/2012
Current Term Expiration 12/31/2016
Q4: Do you expect to run for re-election when your current term expires?
PAGE 3: Current Issues Facing RI Students
Q5: Think for a moment about your district. What makes your district great? What makes you most proud?
We are fortunate in Lincoln to have excellent leaders including Town Administrator, Town Council and School Committee which balances the needs of our students with fiscal prudency.
Q6: What are the most important challenges you see in your district as we enter in to the 2015/2016 school year?
Our financial budget is always paramount. Increasing health care costs are always a concern. Ensuring our buildings are safe and secure. Also, offering a great education to all public school students is essential including those Charter schools in the district particularly Blackstone Valley Prep. It is critical we support charter schools as they offer other options for family’s that may not be interested in their neighborhood public school fro a variety of reasons. Public school choice is critical for Rhode Island family’s and the General Assembly must find a way to create a fair formula to support Charter Schools in districts throughout Rhode Island both urban and suburban for towns like Lincoln.
PAGE 4: Requiring PARCC Testing
Q7: Does your district have a policy that requires students to participate in state wide testing (like PARCC)?
Yes, and I voted to support the policy that requires it. (skip to question 9)
Q8: While there is not a state mandate to require students to participate in state assessments like PARCC, some districts have passed local policies that would require participation in the state assessments. If your district were to propose a policy to require participation in state assessments, would you vote in favor of that policy?
Yes, I would vote in favor of a policy requiring students to participate in state assessments.
Q9: If you have other comments on PARCC or other testing policies, please share them here.
I believe tests like PARCC are critical for public school students to measure what areas students excel at and what areas require improvements. This also allows teachers to assess what areas they need to further concentrate on in their classroom teaching and what other additional resources must be brought in. When students leave and go on to institutions of higher learning they will continue to be tested as well as in the work world where we are all tested every day and required to meet certain performance measurements. Testing is a fact of life and cannot be minimized or made optional.
PAGE 5: Final Thoughts
Q10: Thank you for participating in our first School Committee Survey. If you have any thing you would like ParentsAcrossRI.org to know, you can share those comments here or email us at ParentsAcrossRI@gmail.com.
I have hope for Rhode Island Public education, but only if all parties put the students and their families first and not get caught up in protecting certain special interests who have for too long created an unhealthy atmosphere to make the difficult changes in public schools. We need to set high expectations for all our public schools students and their families. We then need to provide those resources so all students can achieve at high levels, not just in the wealthy communities but in the urban districts as well. If we are not doing this we have done a disservice to our students and their families.