Debbie Cross

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
District:
Phoenix High School
Phone:
(602) 741-9813
Age:
73
Occupation:
Retired Teacher
Family:
husband, 2 step children, 3 grandchildren
Religion:
none
Statement:
My name is Deborah (Debbie) Cross, I am a candidate for the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board. I am an Air Force brat who has lived in Arizona over 45 years. I worked in the finance industry for 20 years and then changed my career to teaching. I taught 5 years at a junior college, Arizona Institute of Technology, and 22 years at Metro Tech High School in the Phoenix Union High School District. After retiring, I decided I wanted to continue my service to the community by running for the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board. Phoenix Union has done a great job encouraging students to continue on with their education after they graduate. Now it is time to put more energy into those students who don’t want to go on to college or haven’t got the funds to do that. That means adding more Career and Technology Education (CTE) to the curriculum. The students also need to have more types of CTE classes available to them. To assist our students in determining and finding their future we also need more counselors. Our counselors are assigned over 300 students each. This is way too many for them to have any quality time with their students to determine their needs, assess their skills and interests, and to help guide them toward a career path. Counselors also need to be trained on the CTE classes are available. No student should graduate without some idea of their future. When there are more than 20 students in a classroom, a teacher spends more time on classroom management than teaching. Class loads need to be around 20 students. I do believe COVID-19 has required this problem to be addressed and I would like to be a part of that decision making process. Last, but not least, as a teacher I often found that when a policy was made and put into place there was not much collaboration involving teachers, staff, and administrators. The individuals affected by these policies and procedures were minimized in this process. All the stakeholders need to be included in this process, possibly including students, before a policy is implemented. Thank you for voting in the next election and please vote for Deborah (Debbie) Cross for Phoenix Union High School Governing Board. Debbie Cross

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing parents the option of choosing phonics instruction for all K-3rd grade students -
2. Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs -
3. Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects -
4. Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in sex education classes or presentations on gender identity -
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy -
6. Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students -
7. Requiring sex education classes for K-12th grade students -
8. Allocating a certain percentage of the school district’s budget to be spent in the classroom, as opposed to for administration -
9. Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity -
10. Presenting competing and alternative theories regarding the origin of life when evolution is taught in science classes -