Wayne Hall

Question 1.

Across New York State, White students were given nearly twice as much access as their Latino and Black peers to a range of key courses in middle and high school in the 2016-17 school year. They were nearly three times as likely to be enrolled in advanced courses like Advanced Placement Math and Science. In Hempstead Union Free School District in 2016-17, schools offered only one AP/IB math and science course. How should the Hempstead school board address the issue of equitable access to advanced courses?

Answer 1.

“The Hempstead School District must make sure students going to middle school the fundamental foundation to succeed in middle school. Those students that aren’t fundamentally sound should be enrolled in remedial classes and monitored throughout the middle school. This will produce more students capable of taking AP courses. If there aren’t enough students to enroll in AP classes, then the use of online courses.”

Question 2.

New York State has expanded the ways students can earn a high school diploma. These new rules can provide multiple pathways for students to demonstrate college and career readiness. But they can also be used to “track” students of color, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities into less rigorous coursework and lower graduation standards. How should the Hempstead school board address the issue of making sure the high school diploma has real value for all students?

Answer 2.

“College isn’t for every graduating students. In NYC the students have many options to choose from academic to elite and to vocational high schools. On Long Island schools are segregated by Village you live in and only have one Vocational High School for a whole county. I would advocate to increase enrollment in the vocational school for our students.”

Question 3.

New York State’s school districts provide relatively little difference in budgeted per-pupil funding between their schools, regardless of the student populations each school serves, as opposed to providing schools serving the highest share of high-need low-income students greater levels of resources. How should the Hempstead school board allocate the resources that it controls?

Answer 3.

“There is no question that the neediest student population should get the resources they need.”

Question 4.

One-third of all New York State schools had no Latino or Black teachers in the 2015-16 school year. As a result, more than 115,000 Latino and Black students were enrolled in schools without a single full-time same-race/ethnicity teacher, and nearly half of the state’s White students attended schools without a single full-time Latino or Black teachers. In Hempstead Union Free School District, 95% students were Latino or Black in 2015-16, compared to 62% of teachers. How should the Hempstead school board ensure that these educators are well supported?

Answer 4.

“Hempstead’s teaching staff is very diverse but we must make sure they keep up with their continuing education credits. Also lifting teachers’ morale by negotiating a contract after 8 years.”

Question 5.

New York State schools suspended a student at least once every minute during the 2016-17 school year. During that period, New York’s education system suspended Black students at more than four times the rate of White students outside of New York City. At the high school level, for example, Hempstead Union Free School District suspended 29% of Black male students in 2016-17. How should the Hempstead school board address school discipline, including the racial disparities in how schools suspend students?

Answer 4.

“I am not sure about the rate of suspensions but Hempstead has an alternative school for students with behavioral problems.”