Monique Wicks Robinson

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Monique Wicks Robinson

Jurisdiction:
Political Party Democrat
Candidate Bio:

In a runoff with Shashonnie Steward

SURVEY RESPONSES

Ranked Statements
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I support programs that replace traditional and/or remedial courses with advanced and/or college level courses in our district.
Agree
I believe that the voter racial demographics of the school districts should equitably represent the population of Baton Rouge.
Agree
I support the creation of a separate school district for the city of St. George.
Disagree
Family poverty levels affect student test scores, therefore we need a system that takes overall school poverty level into account in order to give a more accurate measure of student performance.
Strongly Agree
The school district should have the authority to mandate vaccines for children in public schools.
Disagree
The school district should provide curriculum that is sensitive to race, gender, and culture.
Strongly Agree
Recess time should be required in both Elementary and Middle schools.
Strongly Agree

 

Short-answer Questions
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What is your relationship with the public school system? (Did you attend, did/are your children/grandchildren attend(ing)). Have you attended school board meetings in the past? How would your presence improve the board?

My children attend EBR schools. I have watched them virtually. My presence would bring a voice that truly advocates for our youth, families, and teachers.

Do you support the creation of more charter schools in Baton Rouge? What criteria would you use to determine whether to approve them? What solution would you propose to address the growing budget deficits as charters receive more dedicated funds from the general budget?

I do not. I’m grateful for the well-performing ones that we presently have. But I do believe that we need to slow down and look at the data to evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness especially since public dollars are being utilized.

What role does a school board member play in addressing the local challenges concerning teacher retention and hiring? How will you address the district's teacher shortage?

School board members play a tremendous role in teacher retention and hiring. As a board, we collectively vote for policies that affect teacher experience and educational requirements as well as their pay. As a board member, I will evaluate the current budget to identify excess funding that can be used for pay raises and other teacher supports. I would also draft a survey to “hear” from our teachers about changes that they would like to see being made.

The Industrial Tax Exemption Program gives exemption of property tax to industry. What is your criteria for approving or denying ITEP exemptions for the school board portion of the tax?

I would first have to have get a better understanding of the current exemption criteria to fully state what my criteria would be. But I believe that ITEP exemptions should not be considered until the priorities have been funded: teacher pay raises, classroom supports, afterschool programming, & other student learning supports.

Would you like to clarify any of your ranked choice responses?

1. Advanced and college level courses should be available to students that are academically prepared to take them.

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