David W Carter
Candidate for NV State Board of Education, District 2
Candidate David W Carter
My name is David W. Carter. and I am running for District 2, on the State Board of Education (see http://www.doe.nv.gov/State_Board_of_Education/ for an overview of what is expected of Board Members). I bring 25 years of school district business management, as well as 8 additional years of corporate financial management. I bring new ideas of helping students find success, using technology, and leaving failing programs (such as Common Core).
Common Core is a continuation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). When NCLB was passed, Congress declared that ALL children must at some point be judged, through standardized testing, proficient or advanced (i.e., no child may be average or below average). Common Core continues that philosophy. The only way for all children to be average or above is to set a score low enough for everyone to pass.
Instead of setting up new several programs with the funding passed by the legislature this past year, I feel that the funds would have been better spent on technology. Invest in a laptop for every child. This would give children in rural districts opportunities to have access to ANY scholastic program found in our two largest districts (or even offered by our state colleges). Larger districts are already partnering with local Community Colleges. Let ANY student earn an Associates Degree while earning a High School Diploma.
In all districts, the technology would be used for children struggling with education. For children who are learning English as a second language (ESL), find programs which they can work with at school and at home that teach principles of language immersion (in districts such as Washoe County and Clark County, where they are dealing with dozens of languages, this would be very valuable). Finding programs which ESL parents can use
would be useful to the whole family.
For other struggling students, use the Internet to find programs that can be tailored to individual students, in the area(s) in which they strugglei This would mean using teachers willing to be creative, as what works with one student may not work with a second student. For those students and teachers, it would also mean smaller classes.
If you share my vision, I urge you to connect with me and help make it happen! Together, we can make a meaningful difference-- for District 2 and all of Nevada.