1. Commit to the quality of education

As he broke many glass ceilings of his own family, Linfeng firmly believes public education is the most important public service that can benefit all regardless of their economic situation. A poor quality public education hurts the families who cannot afford alternatives the most.  As one of the best public school systems in the nation, HCPSS is the most important asset of this county that attracts families who value education here. A quality public school system is the key for a better and fair society and community.

  1. Invest in the school infrastructure to address school overcrowding

As a structural engineer, Linfeng deeply believes that the long term investment and hardware infrastructure are necessary to build a bright future. Most schools were built before 2000. While Howard County has seen a large population growth since then. Renovation of existing schools and construction of more new schools are necessary to accommodate the growth of students. It reduces unnecessary school redistricting that has caused a lot of social stress and anxiety among many families. The portables cannot solve this problem. They are neither safe nor energy efficient. There should be a more consistent school feeding system.  

  1. Prioritize students’ physical and social-emotional well-being 

The pandemic of covid-19 in the last two years has impacted many families and students in HCPSS. The communities have split opinions on virtual schooling and in-person instruction. Linfeng believes that HCPSS shall give options to families to choose and allow them to switch after a certain time period. The pros and cons can be shared and communicated clearly with the families. HCPSS should be equipped to  take more steps to promote more education in students’ physical and social-emotional well-being in this digital age. Linfeng believe in neighborhood schools. Frequent school redistricting can cause damage to students’ mental health. Multiple redistricting can affect their sense of belonging to a school, disrupt friendships as well as relationships with school staff and the wider community. This could impact their confidence, self-esteem, and attainment.

  1. Promote the strength of diversity

Howard County is a very diverse community. HCPSS has benefited enormously from diverse students. Linfeng believes that students can learn so much from each other and stimulate their curiosity and open-mindedness. This environment  fosters global citizenship and leadership in future society. 

5. Keep School Resource Officers at both middle and high schools

School Resource officers are important to maintaining a safe environment for students to learn. It makes sense to have SROs now more than ever if we consider staff shortages and increased school fighting and acting out issues. Student safety must not be compromised. I am in support of keeping the current SROs at all high schools and Homewood Center and restoring SROs at middle schools.

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    1. I agree with you. We should spend the tax money wisely effectively. In OBRC, I made motion to review the technology spending (20% spare, Millions of dollar loss due to chromebook damages) and reduce potential waste.

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    1. CRT is not a subject that is taught in ES, MS, or HS. It is an esoteric legal topic that is generally only taught in law school. However, folks who fear that their kids might study American history in school, which certainly includes slavery and Jim Crow, would probably be happier in another school system…maybe Mississippi?

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      1. this is not true. whenever you are teaching that some children are either more privileged or more disadvantaged based on the color of their of their skin… you are teaching CRT. racism such as this is not hard to understand or teach. what is hard to to understand is how this is teaching is not inherently racist… which is why you pretend that this ideology is like astrophysics.

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  1. Hi! I’m a parent and Hoco resident. What’s yours stance on reading instruction-shouldn’t we be using science and teaching phonics in hoco? Also how would you propose we help keep elementary schools safe? I agree with SRO’s in hs and maybe but as we know elementary schools also need a safety plan and presence. Thanks!

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    1. In term reading instruction, yes we can adopt new instruction methods. Reduce screen time and increase reading time on actual hard copy books. For SROs, middle and high schools should need at least one SRO per school. I do not expect elementary schools need SROs. If any thread comes from outside elementary schools, the police response is more proper.

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  2. Since school staffing is a zero-sum game, are there metrics for relative improvements in safety of adding police officers vs. mental health providers (counselors and social workers)?

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  3. Hello! Thank you for your interest and efforts in becoming part of the BOE! I am grateful that you believe SRO
    s should be in high schools and middle schools. I am wondering what your thought are on placing them in elementary schools as well? The SRO’s are not just there for in school fighting, but are also there for outside intruders such as a school shooter. Elementary students need protection as well and unfortunately, the language around the purpose of SRO’s has been incorrectly focused on violent students, but it is ALSO for protection against violent outside intruders as well. I am interested in your feedback on SRO’s placed in all schools to protect all students. Thank you!

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  4. Class size should depend on teacher experience, student age, work load in class, etc. Class size is extremely important at the elementary level in order to set a solid foundation for learning, so resources should be prioritized to keep class size small at all elementary schools. It is also important for Title 1 schools and schools with a large population of ESOL students to have smaller classes. The class size should not go over 19 for Kindergarten, 20 for Grade 1-2, and 24 for Grade 3-5 at the elementary level.

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