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2022 Election Forums - Shared screen with speaker view
Meryl S. BNC
45:56
Here is our website: https://berkeleyneighborhoodscouncil.com/
Carole Marasovic
48:46
How will you address mental health wellness in the schools, a need never more clear than by the recent suicide and planned mass shooting by a BHS student?
Carole Marasovic
50:02
How will you strengthen the reporting of and response to sexual assaults?
Norma J F Harrison
50:05
School Is The Opposite Of Education a study to release us from our confinement https://njfhar.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/table-of-contents/
Carole Marasovic
55:04
Although BUSD is an independent entity, how would you strengthen the relationship with Council, ,and the City as a whole,to lead to better outcomes for the BUSD students?
Carole Marasovic
01:01:12
How would you address the challenge of students who are homeless or unhealthily housed with several families in one household where the children are subject to vulnerable situations?
Jennifer Shanoski
01:03:17
I believe that Ka'Dijah will be joining us soon.
Norma J F Harrison
01:04:03
'kids' takes childhood, cradling away from children. It casts them 'happy go lucky', 'devil may care', kick up their heels'. None of us is that. Children are people - like us - only newer.
Cathy (she/her)
01:05:41
During the first year of the pandemic how did you serve the Berkeley community?
Norma J F Harrison
01:06:43
Silencing the Lambs: How Propaganda Works , John Pilger https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=Silencing+the+Lambs%3A+How+Propaganda+Works
Rebecca Levenson (she/her)
01:07:04
One of the things that I found profoundly horrific regarding the Matt Bissell case (BHS chem teacher who was found guilty of sexual harassment and harm to female students over decades) is the fact that BUSD allowed him to sign a nondisclosure agreement which meant he could turn around and sexually harm other girls in other school districts. This choice required a vote of three Board Members. My question to each candidate is this: How do you think this decision came to be made in this way?
Margot Smith
01:12:17
slow down please
Carla Woodworth, Willard/Parker Street
01:12:49
Do you think the decision to spend $27 million (bond money) to build a parking garage on Milvia Street should be revisited and instead Berkeley High teacher and staff parking could be accommodated at the new City of Berkeley downtown garage?
Meryl S. BNC
01:12:49
This meeting is being recorded.
Norma J F Harrison
01:15:21
It's ok Margot - I have the same problem - people talking over what they're saying - comes from personal insecurity in this oppositional world we live in. These people are making presentations very in line what's usually said by candidates. Asking them to slow down their speech doesn't help.
Rebecca Levenson (she/her)
01:16:17
We heard Tatiana mention Berkeley Parents Union, Question --Did you participate in their interviews? If so why and If not, why not?
Margot Smith
01:18:02
Is anyone for charter schools?
Norma J F Harrison
01:18:09
I participated in the BPU interview.
Norma J F Harrison
01:18:36
It was a luxurious experience.
Rebecca Levenson (she/her)
01:20:42
We have lost 800 plus students in last couple years
Rebecca Levenson (she/her)
01:23:31
A federal class action settlement was reached in 2021 claiming systemic failures of how kids are taught to read in BUSD, and the supports available to those who struggle. The BPTA works to ensure that Berkeley fulfills the vision of this settlement — designed by literacy leaders with a clear roadmap on how to succeed — so that all students get effective reading instruction. In your past experiences, how have you steered progress of an initiative that targets an underserved community through systemic change? What were the results?
Mollie Starr
01:29:06
What are your thoughts on learning loss due to the pandemic, and how to address it?
Peggy Scott
01:31:43
I am interested in your professional experience and your current day job, and what are those skills you bring to the table. (For instance, I think Julie Sinai’s experience with budgets, stemming from her job, is a great skill to have on the board.) Please tell us about your current day job and your past experience. What professional skills will you bring to the board? And please be specific about current vs. past work, e.g. Kadijah tell us about the age kids you are teaching, Reichi are you still a practicing attorney? Jen are you still in the classroom or are you a full time labor organizer/ teachers union president? Mike will you recuse yourself at OCR from Berkeley cases? etc.
Peggy Scott
01:47:06
2 by 2 used to meet once per month!
Carole Marasovic
01:51:56
My question on how you would strengthen the relationship with Council and the City as a whole also relates. to the 2x2. I had the 2 by 2 in mind, and increasing its effectiveness, when I asked the question but hoped that the presenters would in their responses refer to the 2x2 and how it can be improved.
Paola Laverde
01:56:04
Housing affordability and lack of tenants rights are very likely reasons for reduction in enrollment and inability to keep staff Do you think that the school board should work with the Rent Stabilization Board? why or why not?
Margot Smith
02:01:59
What about classes that lead to trades, like wood shop, electrical shop, etc?
Rebecca Levenson (she/her)
02:04:04
A federal class action settlement was reached in 2021 claiming systemic failures of how kids are taught to read in BUSD, and the supports available to those who struggle. The BPTA works to ensure that Berkeley fulfills the vision of this settlement — designed by literacy leaders with a clear roadmap on how to succeed — so that all students get effective reading instruction. In your past experiences, how have you steered progress of an initiative that targets an underserved community through systemic change? What were the results?
Mike Chang, Berkeley PTA V.P.
02:13:59
Programs like Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) a Title I program that provides wrap around services to help provide support to stabilize vulnerable communities are important BUSD and City partners. https://www.byaonline.org/
Carole Marasovic
02:19:33
When you are working towards objectives, you are always more effective if you are making your issue heard., information-sharing and coordinating with all the governmental and community entities. I I hope that following this election, regardless of your status on the School Board, that those of you concerned about the homelessness and inappropriately and vulnerably housed reach out/coordinate with the Homeless Services Panel of Experts. There, and on the Homeless Commission, which is now consolidated into HSPE, we have had challenges receiving the full scope of information about these homeless, and inappropriately housed, families and how they would be best served.
Margot Smith
02:26:10
Teacher housing will attract only younger teachers who have not started families.
Carla Woodworth, Willard/Parker Street
02:30:28
The State of California should use some of that $90 billion surplus for teacher/educator housing throughout the state.
Jennifer Shanoski
02:35:27
https://shanoski4berkeley.nationbuilder.com
Reichi ("Ray Chee") Lee - she/her
02:35:46
Thank you everyone for your opportunity to speak before you, and thank you to my fellow candidates. https://www.reichilee.com/endorsements
Jennifer Shanoski
02:35:50
Thank you for this forum.
Norma J F Harrison
02:35:58
Council member district 1 Rashi Kasarwani thinks putting housing on Peoples' Park is a good idea.
Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos (she/her)
02:36:23
Thank you to everyone here! www.tatianaguerreiroramos.com
Sally Nelson
02:38:36
Thank you for a great meeting!
Jennifer Shanoski
02:38:45
https://shanoski4berkeley.nationbuilder.com