COLUMBIA, MD — When voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 elections, they will be asked to select individuals to serve on the Howard County’s board of education.
Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to help provide voters with information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation. Below are the responses from candidate Jolene Mosley.
Age (as of Election Day)
Town/City of Residence
County School Board
If you are a congressional candidate, please indicate for which district (District 1, District 3, etc.)
Howard County Board of Education, District 3
Married with 4 children
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
UMBC, BS Mathematics and Economics
Senior Data Scientist, 20+years experience
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Better long-term planning and open communication with HCPSS stakeholders:
The burden of educating our children falls on all of us. We pay taxes in various ways as active members of our community and we all should be engaged to support a healthy school system. There needs to be open communication with more fluid and long-term planning between HCPSS stakeholders and the County Council when considering approving new residential development on many layers of the infrastructure outcomes (e.g., not only school construction and renovations, but also transportation impacts). These have to be honest conversations on strategy of balancing the needs for development and the needs of the school system to handle the growth of population and enrollment as a result of development.
Educational Equity is the identification of and compensation for areas that create barriers to opportunity and success in education for students. The barriers of an individual student vary across all students but there are some specific demographic characteristics that have been identified to be educational barriers. A student’s socioeconomic status, disability, race, gender and language are some examples of areas where students may require additional support for academic success. HCPSS supports these specific areas through identified programming. I believe funding should be budgeted based on a school’s demographic characteristics, not just enrollment. Students should be provided support through staffing, supplies and services from Black Student Achievement Program, Hispanic Achievement Program, International Student and Family Services, as well as MESA. Feedback from students, families, and staff providing these services should be welcome and program offerings should be budgeted to support educational equity for the students. These programs should be reporting the graduation rates as well as any other feedback for the program.
Improvements to Special Education Services:
Special Education covers many types of students in HCPSS. Student supports include a broad age range and a set of diverse needs. The school system has implemented least restrictive inclusive environments for students all the way