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Greg Kahoe runs for School Board seat F

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Greg Kahoe is running for seat F on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board. This seat is currently held by Sean Rice.

Kahoe said he is running because he has a lot of experience in education and hopes to make a difference.

“I was a teacher at West Valley High School for 16 years. Before that, I was at Monroe Catholic High School, so I have experience in the middle schools, in the private schools, in the public schools... and I’m passionate about education.”

Kahoe said he wants to improve outcomes for students. “The test scores have been flat. We’re talking 60 percent of our students are not proficient in math and English. And it’s been that way for years. So I’d like to see those outcomes improve. We could probably see those outcomes improve if we worked a little bit better at improving our teacher workforce, [and] at concentrating on core curriculum.” He identified reading, writing, math and history as part of the core curriculum.

According to Kahoe, he has also testified about personalized learning and the lack of research to support the idea that kids are going to learn remotely and through distance education. “The research isn’t there. Students don’t learn well from a distance. They need that face-to-face contact with their teachers.”

He said he recognizes that he would be one member of a nine-member board. “It’s about persuading everyone in the group that we need to change the way we’re doing things. And some of the things that I think that we could do better are to focus our resources on those students who need it the most. In any situation, it’s kind of a bell-curved set of data, and you’ve got some students that, in order to make them proficient, need a little bit more instruction. They need more instruction from high-quality teachers. So if we could somehow focus that instruction on the kids who need it the most, I think we could improve our outcomes a lot.”

Kahoe said he thinks “the school district, a little bit, has gotten away from that core curriculum that I believe our students need. I would really like to see decisions that the school district makes not be made on fads on education, or the latest and the greatest, but really what does research support, and what does good learning and good teaching look like.”

He also spoke about early reading instruction, saying it “needs to be prioritized for all students across the board. We all know that if you’re not reading by second grade, you’re probably well behind the curve, and the rest of your schooling is going to be difficult -- really, really difficult for you. I think reading is so fundamental to the whole scope and sequence of what our education needs are.”

Kahoe is running against Rice, Brianna Gray and April Smith in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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