District 201 school board (3 open seats)

Mark Kraft | Lido Manetti, Jr. | Jeffry Pesek | Edwin Robles | Esteban Rodriguez




[Mark Kraft has not submitted answers to the Activist Toolkit questionnaire.]

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1. What motivates you to seek this office? What skills, experiences, and perspectives would you bring to the Board, and why would those contributions be valuable to District 201?

2. What do you think makes an effective School Board Member?

3. When in your experience have you had to balance competing interests? What process did you use? What did you learn?

4. What does transparency in government mean to you? How would you put it into practice?

5. In what ways have you sought to better know and understand the concerns and needs of residents outside your demographic group (specifically the demographic groups of race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status)?

6. Some have advocated for a shift from policing and surveillance in schools toward restorative justice, mental health, and supportive services in schools. Do you believe in these approaches? If so, how would you move this work forward?

7. As more of our local discourse happens in social media, what is your view on how local elected officials should communicate with and respond to constituents? How will you engage with the breadth of the community, and not just the voices that are loudest or easiest to find?

8. How should the District assess its policies and progress with respect to special needs and the achievement gap? As a Board Member, what metrics will you use to determine whether the District is succeeding?

9. How can the district act to support social and emotional learning for students?

10. How will you support budgetary decisions that better account for differences in student and neighborhood needs and resources? Will you prioritize reinvestment within our schools that primarily service Latinx and African American students?

11. How do you strive to decolonize education? What work have you done personally and professionally to support this process?

12. What have been your most useful sources of information about secondary education? Have you found any research to be particularly informative?

13. Please list the three largest donors to your campaign by dollar amount contributed.