We are writing to urge readers to cast their votes on Nov. 3 for David Bass as a member of the Frederick County Board of Education. We are a former FCPS teacher and a former school district administrator, and we have an understanding about what ought to be considered in the selection of a school board member.

The school board is critical to the stability and effectiveness of the educational enterprise in our county. Board members must be deeply committed to the education of our youth and have the requisite experiences that will provide them with the insight and critical understanding necessary to perform their duties. David Bass is such an individual! We have known David as a member of our congregation, as a friend, as an educator, and as a community volunteer. When he says, “We have the potential to have the best public schools in the state of Maryland,” these are not just words. David believes in public education and the power it has to lift up all children, their families and our community.

If David is elected to the Frederick County Board of Education he will:

  • Build programs that help teachers address the education of special needs students.
  • Provide equitable opportunities for all students by ensuring our teachers have the support to address the many needs of students. He will assure the support needed for administrators and community organizations to allow this can happen.
  • Commit to pursuing racial equity. This means ensuring that all core curricula and professional assignments are sensitive to, and provide for, multiple ethnic perspectives.
  • Provide for stronger college and career readiness opportunities. He will work to establish programs that will build on our relationships with Frederick County colleges and encourage sharing of instructional resources.

David Bass’s campaign is focused upon these needs. He is a thoughtful man of integrity who is driven to help our school system continue to meet every student’s need. He will make an outstanding board member, one that all of us can be proud of. More importantly, he will work tirelessly for the students and staff of Frederick County schools. For additional information about David’s plans, please see his website: www.davidbass4frederick.org.

Anne and Michael Cohen

Frederick

(5) comments

HappySeller2014

I needed proof of experience. Getting things done. Proof of accomplishments in prior life and interactions with schools. I needed proof of action, not just words and platform.

Please see my following statement...

"When I say, “We have the potential to have the best public schools in the state of Maryland,” these are not just words. I believe in public education and the power it has to lift up all children, their families and our community."

Just inserted my name to this text lifted from the article. But I am not running. I am just stating a belief probably 95% of parents already have. The lesson I am sharing here is I need a portfolio of accomplishment prior to casting my vote. Good to see FCPS folks wrote this letter, but they need to attend a debate class locally to learn how to sell their points more effectively.

Everybody have a rosy, sunny, happy, potentially be your best day!

Greg F

Agree, I saw very little to nothing in his profile, and zero on anything about anything on STEM subjects at all, backed by the constant blather about getting everyone back in school against all scientific evidence that it's a good idea to do that. Maybe some can come back, and he seems heavy on getting special ed students in...which is fine if they all want to be part of the control group (as the Mayor of Las Vegas would put it) but to put everyone back in now....my vote went elsewhere to someone who had a background in sciences, technology, math and arts over sports or other issues.

NewMarketParent

I believe Bass did an interview with Mrs. Tarolyn Thrasher for "On The Mic". He seems like a good, solid candidate and desperately wants to perform public service. These are the type of people that you want to put into this position and help grow them into it.

HappySeller2014

You sound like the Baltimore Orioles. Problem is, Camden Yards has not hosted a World Series game since it was built.

Grow into it NWP? Nah. I want someone hitting the ground running. If you want to perform public service, get a government job or go into the military.

public-redux

Or stand up at noon at Mission BBQ. Nothing demonstrates patriotism more than standing up.

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