The Berkeley PTA Council, the representative body for the Berkeley School PTAs, is pleased to announce a special opportunity to hear candidates for the Berkeley School Boards address issues of conc
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Berkeley PTA Council is the umbrella organizastion for the PTAs active in the Berkeley Unified School District. Our activities are aimed providing support to our PTAs to promote the mission of the California State PTA:
"The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications."
2014 Election - Questions to Candidates
The following questions were developed by the PTA Community through the leadership of all the Berkeley School PTAs. They represent topics about which our community feels strongly and will impact BUSD for the future. In an effort to better understand how those who will sit on the School Board after this election will address these concerns, the questions have been submitted to each of the candidates for written responses before the PTA Candidates Night on October 28. Responses received from the candidates before the Candidates Night will be published on the Berkeley PTA Council website.
Do you have a child enrolled in the Berkeley public schools?
What do you see as the role of the PTA in Berkeley?
More and more, concerns about out-of-district enrollment are injected into any discussion about Berkeley’s schools. Anecdotal reports of abuse abound, yet BUSD has not come forth and shared any data on fraudulent or out-of-district enrollment. What can you do as a Board member to promote transparency on how BUSD is addressing this issue so that it does not derail all other discussions of importance?
As enrollment has surged, most schools’ support staff -- be it in the office, the cafeteria, or on the playground -- serves an increasing number of students. What will you do as a Board member to quickly assess and address the lack of adequate support staff and resources throughout our schools?
During the past 5 years of enrollment growth, BUSD’s existing site-based model for special education staffing has created inequities because the district provides every elementary school with the same number of credentialed teachers. This means that at larger schools these teachers have larger caseloads and are less available to their students and those in need of “response to intervention” services. How do you feel existing inequities should be addressed and what is the School Board’s role in the process?