The F.R.O.S.T. strategy for restoring education:
F. – Fiscal Responsibility
R. – Resisting Federal Intrusion into the local classroom / Overuse of high stakes testing
O.- Opportunity Through Educational Choice
S.- Smarter School Spending
T.- Technology and Teachers
F. Fiscal Responsibility-
There are a few things that seem to be missing from past decisions.
1. Money isn't free (must calculate and consider the cost of capital)
2. Just because we have money doesn't mean we have to spend it
3. Staff wants and needs are endless, but we have to set policy for how we want to see our taxes spent. We don't have to go with "Staff recommendation". We can ask for an amended recommendation.
R. Resisting Fed. Ed. / Overuse of High-Stakes Testing
The proverbial tail is wagging the proverbial dog. We need to focus on only those tests mandated by STATE requirements, and say no to any funding that is tied to the outcome of expensive tests, because the cost of administration is usually higher than the rewards and the loss of local control isn't worth it. It is a false gift. We need to hire and retain excellent teachers and let them teach. Enough with the constant testing.
O.- Opportunity through choice-
The rights of parents to choose the educational setting and program that best suits the individual needs of that child should be preserved.
S. Smarter School Spending. Money, your money collected via taxes, must be spent wisely in the best practices from the business community (learned in my MBA) and focused on the core mission of education. In a sustainable spending program, only those activities which ADD VALUE to the process are funded. It puts the focus where it should be, on delivering a world class education that prepares America's leaders of tomorrow for the competitive global economy. It also places value on spending on things that reduce costs and wasteful spending in the long haul.
T. Technology and Teachers- How do we implement this? The two most powerful T's of Educational Success- Technology & Teachers. This is how the literature and evidence-based research says we get the most "bang-for-our-buck". We should be investing heavily in these two things, not $7.3 million dollar administrative palaces while our kids are being educated in portables and concretables.
Promise: I will make certain that the funds allocated for classroom computers and teachers go to those causes and not to fund a bureaucratic system. I will always focus on placing resources where the do the most good and that's where the "rubber meets the road", in the classroom.