Candidate Q&A: Nancy Pallozzi, for State Board of Education District 7

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Nancy Pallozzi, candidate for State Board of Education District 7

Profession: Housewife and Mom

Residence: Lakewood

Party: Republican

Contact: www.nancyforkids.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

My main priority is to put our children's education first.

If elected, what would your top issue be?

Implementing the Read Act. This was passed in 2012 and then revised last year, 2019, by our legislatures with a bipartisan unanimous vote. This program allows extra funding for continuing education for K-3 teachers. The Read Act emphasizes the importance of evidence-based instructional practices and has been proven to work for our children in literacy.

If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?

Changing the literacy in our state so that all students by the 3rd grade will be able to read. I would also find it an accomplishment if the board had the Mental Health Services revised. Its last revision was in June 2007 and many things have happened in mental health since 13 years ago. Counselors, pychologists, social workers and nurses should not be the only ones monitoring students mental health. It is a team effort by all school staff, especially for teachers. There needs to more emphasis on mental health, especially now with COVID-19, and its possible side effects for our children.

With CMAS school testing canceled last spring, how best do you think the state should proceed in terms of trying to gauge student learning in the COVID-19 era?

There could be smaller tests given, for example a quiz format, where they can ask specific questions.

Districts, teachers and families are scrambling to adapt to multiple challenges right now. What's one way the state board can help?

Make sure there is enough funding for electronics/computers and access to the internet, so that every child is able to study at home.

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