Barbara J. Calhoun

District: Compton USD
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

From elementary to high school I loved the art of dance and music, more so than the others. I was not good in Art, but I enjoyed the learning experience. I have a passion for dance and drama. I attended plays and musicals. I love music and attending a host of diverse music festivals.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

Experience teacher,learning support staff, learning through play. Start the training in k elementary school for preparation of college and learning other languages not just English and Spanish.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

Smaller class sizes, safe schools, clean schools, parent and educator voice, relevant educator training, add more counselors, librarians and more experienced teachers that are equipped with thinking out of the box. Making sure that the teachers have all the necessary tools they need to teach our students.students are able to attend field trips to broading their minds.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

A quote from CTA President Eric Heins says it all. Its time to stop robbing our kids of the joy of learning. Test preparation is not thinking. We need to allow all students time for exploration, discovery and awe. We need to let them experience the wonder of learning. We need to empower them to find and fulfill their dreams. LCAP will become more meaningful if school districts can concentrate on our highest-priority areas rather than give equal attention to the eight priority areas that the Legislature wrote into the law.