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Goldman runs for school board

July 02, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Philip Goldman, a candidate for the Washington County Board of Education, is critical of local schools.

Goldman said he believes not enough students are in advanced placement classes, and few school officials encourage youngsters to take the tougher classes.

Too many students are promoted through the grades without having mastered necessary skills, and the reason there are not more high-tech businesses in Washington County is that the county is not preparing workers for those companies, said Goldman.

Goldman said he first became interested in local education in 1978 when his daughter attended school in the county.

He ran for a seat on the school board that year but lost.

"I have not seen things improve," said Goldman, who has worked for several companies, including Pangborn Corp., where he was a contract administrator.

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Goldman said schools are afraid to hold failing students back a grade for fear it will hurt their self-esteem. It may be necessary for the school system to set up standards that each student would have to meet before going on to the next grade, Goldman said.

"We have too much political promotion going on and it serves no useful purpose," said Goldman.

Goldman said the weaknesses in local schools are a reflection of what is going on across the country. U.S. schools nearly always fare poorly when their test scores are compared with those of students from other countries, he said.

Goldman, 65, lives with his wife, Janet, in the Robinwood area. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native occasionally works in the school system as a substitute teacher.

Goldman is one of six candidates who has filed for five seats on the school board.

The deadline for filing for the race is July 6.

If more than 10 people file for the race, a primary election will be held Sept. 15, with the top 10 vote-getters vying for the five seats.

The top three vote-getters in the general election will serve four-year terms, and the next two highest vote-getters will serve two-year terms.

After the election, a school board member will make $4,800 a year and the board president will make $4,900.

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