CQE Poses Issues for Board Candidates -- Here are the Questions

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This year, CQE has asked the Board of Education candidates to participate in a forum where they'd share their thoughts in writing on several questions concerning academics and education in Metuchen. These questions have been sent to the four candidates: Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, Tara Matise, and Fran Brennan.  In early April, their answers will be posted on both the CQE front page as well as on Metuchen Matters, so that you can come to know the candidates better and have more information and insight for when you cast your vote.

The questions are designed to be open-ended.  "We are not looking for a 'right answer,' but rather a thoughtful discussion of some of the academic issues that the members of the next BOE may face," CQE states. Here are the questions:

1. Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?

2. In many school districts, subject classes are not based on ability group until 5th grade.  In Metuchen, Reading and Math classes are grouped by ability level beginning in 3rd grade.  Please state your opinion. 

3.  Many would say "that the fork in the road to college" can be found in Middle School.  How can we improve college expectations for all students by focusing on the Middle School curriculum, programming, etc.?

4.  More and more colleges make clear in their admissions criteria that they want students who have taken AP classes and AP exams.  In response, some districts maintain open enrollment for AP classes for all students who want to challenge themselves: (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/nyregion/06middle.html).  Some districts encourage all students to take at least one AP course in their high school career: (http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/node/600).  What is your position on open enrollment in AP classes? How would you encourage more participation in AP courses?

5.  How should we prepare our students for their lives in the future? What should we be teaching them now so that they can be prepared for life beyond high school?

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