With your VOTE, I won the Primary election!
However I still need your help. You see, I’m not the darling candidate supported by the establishment…
Your vote in the General election will help me win a seat on the Clark County School Board, and will be the reason our children get the education they DESERVE!
With your VOTE, I won the Primary election!
However I still need your help. 

You see, I’m not the darling candidate supported by the establishment…

Your vote in the General election will help me win a seat on the Clark County School Board, and will be the reason our children get the education they DESERVE!
As a single mom with two kids in CCSD schools, I have been intricately involved as a participating parent over the past decade. I went from struggling to make ends meet to growing a successful business; all while serving on the PTO, leading Cub Scouts and volunteering in classrooms.

I am the only candidate in this race who even has any children, and who "gets it" when it comes to the real-life struggles of raising kids and worrying about their education.

With your vote, I pledge to work tirelessly for our kids and the goals that we agree upon together.
Together, we can transform our schools from the bottom of national lists to the top. 
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Our children deserve the best opportunities a quality education can provide. 
Their future careers depend on who is elected to oversee fair policies & top-notch school programs.

acts as a voice for the community
     Holds meetings to hear from parents, teachers and community members in their district 
     Brings that information back to the school board meetings and work sessions
     Votes on funding and policies for the entire school district
sets direction for public education
     Works with other school board members to create a vision for the district
     Developing & adopting  policies for programs and curriculum
     Overseeing the budget and ensuring accountability of spending
establishes an effective and efficient structure
     Supporting the superintendent with bringing the vision to all schools 
     Listening to teachers and support staff & seeing that their needs are met
     Collaborating with businesses and unions to work together towards advancing education
From the National School Board Association:
What do school boards do?
Local school boards (also known as boards of education, school committees, school directors, or trustees) are elected—or occasionally appointed—to be leaders and champions for public education in their states and communities. 

What is a school board's most important responsibility?
The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. School boards derive their power and authority from the state. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.

Your school board is responsible for:
employing the superintendent
developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
overseeing facilities issues; and
adopting collective bargaining agreements.
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  •  What about parents who don't get involved? (03:20)
  •  What are your thoughts on S.T.E.A.M.? (04:03)
  •  How do you fix a district that is last in the country? (04:44)
  •  What are your thoughts on how CCSD spends money? (07:57)
  •  What's next if you're elected School Board Trustee? (09:04)
acts as a voice for the community
-Holds meetings to hear from parents, teachers and community members in their district 
-Brings that information back to the school board meetings and work sessions
-Votes on funding and policies for the entire school district
sets direction for public education
-Works with other school board members to create a vision for the district
-Developing & adopting policies for programs and curriculum
-Overseeing the budget and ensuring accountability of spending
establishes an effective and efficient structure
-Supporting the superintendent with bringing the vision to all schools 
-Listening to teachers and support staff & seeing that their needs are met
-Collaborating with businesses and unions to work together towards advancing education
From the National School Board Association:
What do school boards do?
Local school boards (also known as boards of education, school committees, school directors, or trustees) are elected—or occasionally appointed—to be leaders and champions for public education in their states and communities. 

What is a school board's most important responsibility?
The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. School boards derive their power and authority from the state. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.

Your school board is responsible for:
employing the superintendent
developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
overseeing facilities issues; and
adopting collective bargaining agreements.
Should Teachers be armed?

Clip from interview with Battlefield Nevada
Open & Transparent
Bridge the gap between parent-teacher communication
On-site childcare at PTA and board meetings
More resources for parents and caregivers

Student Safety
Demand more CCSD police officers for all school campuses
All schools gated with one entrance/one exit throughout the school day
Greater concentration towards school counseling and mental health services

Teacher Support
Better wages and smaller classroom sizes
More creative control inside the classroom
Reform standardized testing and teacher evaluations

Student Success
Stronger, updated sex education curriculum
On-site child care programs for teens, teachers and staff
Teen parenting & life-skills classes


Smaller Class Sizes
Reassess and properly allocate funding to schools with specific areas of need
Work with local builders to provide funding for new schools within established school zones 



Investment in Education
Offer greater tax incentives to businesses that donate to education
Regularly demand more state funding for teacher salaries, liberal arts programs, special education programs, tech programs and vocational schools


Trustee for School Board Candidate: Danielle Ford
What are your thoughts on the state of education funding in Nevada? What, if anything, can the school board do about it?
We don’t have the right priorities. The stadium is a perfect example of us having our priorities backward. There was an emergency meeting called to discuss the stadium, no problem, but even though we’re in a huge budget crisis right now, they won’t call a session to discuss the room tax. I’ve heard so many people say, “Vegas is a transient town, so it’s hard to invest in the students when a lot of them leave.” Transient or not, we must make the investment. Whether a student is here for half a year or their whole life, they should get the best education possible. We need to elect people who have the right priorities. We need to put people on the school board who have no personal agenda and who will keep pushing the state to fully fund education.
What is the biggest challenge or obstacle CCSD faces? How will you work to fix it?
The biggest problem CCSD is facing is a shortage of teachers and lack of graduates who want to become Educators because of how poorly they have continually been treated. We can begin to fix this, while solving many other problems, by starting an early education program at every high school. Students who are interested in a career in Education could take it as an elective. Teachers could bring their kids at no cost. I know many teachers who can’t work because they can’t afford childcare. Teen parents could bring their kids at no cost and be able to continue their classes and graduate. Parents in the community could bring their children on a sliding scale. For many parents, childcare costs more than what they earn at a job, so they end up on Government assistance, are judged for it, and are then told to go get a job. It’s ridiculous. This would allow for more parents to be able to work during the day and it would add new revenue streams.
Nevada ranks at the bottom of the ratings in a number of nationwide studies. Why do you think that is, and what can the district do about it?
It is foolish to expect Nevada to do better than 50th place without changing the way we’re doing things. We don’t provide adequate pay to our teachers or provide them with enough resources. We evaluate teachers based on students’ test scores, which causes them to teach to the test instead of doing their best work as educators. We’ve overcrowded classrooms which have major negative effects, both academically and socially. We’ll build 5 new housing developments in a matter of months but then it takes years to build a new school. Meanwhile, the schools’ recess space is covered in portables, each crammed with 40 kids and 1 teacher. We all need to step up and demand better for the children of Clark County and the educators who care for them. Many parents don’t know the extent of what’s happening which is why all CCSD meetings should be family and child-friendly so that everyone can become informed, we can bridge all communication gaps, and work together towards real solutions.
What are some ways you think the district can work to make schools safer from violence?
As a parent of 2 children in CCSD, school shootings and violence are huge concerns. We first need to secure all of the schools. Many schools do not have the funds for locks and gates. This is absolutely not OK. There is enough money, it is just a matter of prioritizing. We need to start caring as much about emotional intelligence as we do academic intelligence. We’ll hold a kid back for failing algebra but pass a bully on to the next grade or school, no problem. We need to address mental health and have counselors and social workers on staff at all campuses. Most importantly, we need to put a huge focus towards teaching students kindness, empathy and, respect. Kids need to learn how to safely express their feelings and how to communicate in a non-violent way so that they never grow up with the desire to hurt another person.
Originally posted in the Review Journal Voter's Guide
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