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Y.F. Lou

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  • Y.F. Lou

  • About Y.F.

  • New Castle
  • Christina School District
  • District E
  • My name is Y. F. Lou and I am running for the Christina School District School Board.
    I am a father of two young children and a proud parent of a student in the Christina School District. As a Chinese American, I highly value education, equity, and partnership. Together, these values provide a strong foundation for students to learn and become productive members of their community and society.
    Before Covid, I was an active member of the community, volunteering my time and resources to support local organizations. I mentored elementary students for Big Brothers & Big Sisters at Stubbs Elementary and was an active member of the Newark Fire Department. I accomplished this while earning a master’s degree in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    In 2020, full-time working families, especially single parents with young children such as myself, were thoroughly tested to the limits by the pandemic. Covid-19 quickly depleted my resources and overwhelmed my family’s financial security. Fortunately, the Christina School District provided strong educational and emotional support for my school-age child, kept my family safe, and ensured my children were nourished. I am continually grateful for the district's ability to quickly adapt to the ever-evolving challenges and maintain crucial interventions to produce the best possible educational outcome for the students in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
    As our world continues to evolve, public education will continue to face societal and environmental challenges. If elected for Christiana School District’s Board of Education, my goal is to uphold the core values of the district, establish common ground for all families to feel safe and accepted. I will continue to partner with community members, stakeholders, educators, and parents to deliver high quality education for all.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Equity is - ensuring fair treatment of all people while providing resources they need to succeed regardless of their background and circumstances.

    Equity is to ensure that everyone has the equal opportunity to succeed. If a student receives equitable treatment, then they will have the resources and support to grow into their best self.

    Equity is to address the systemic barriers that prevent families from upward mobility such as racism, language barrier, or disability.

  • Every student excels differently and needs different support to achieve their goals. While the education funding formula is being improved at the state level, I will advocate to give schools more autonomy to provide student enrichment in their communities and support family engagement to achieve their unique positive learning outcome.

  • The teachers and staff deserve to be recognized for their tireless efforts to help foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. I will listen to them and support them anyway I can.

    As a member of the school board, I will advocate in favor of policies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Let’s show our future that we can make a difference by showing confidence without being confrontational, have persistence without needing to be fierce, and display courage BUT maintain respectful and kind.

  • Punitive discipline practices are ineffective. I am in full support of introducing restorative, non-punitive discipline practices to address the root cause of the problem.

    These discipline methods often times escalate the hostility in the school leading to a higher dropout rate and lower student engagement. Students of color and students with disabilities are often disproportionately punished which create more stress for the families and lower family engagement. Worst of all, the disciplines alone cannot address the root cause of the behavior.

    Punitive practices such as out of school suspension cannot receive school support service and significantly increase their risk of falling behind academically.

  • Viewpoint-based censorship deprives the students of the opportunity to learn about a subject through a different perspective. An education free from viewpoint-based censorship will help students think more critically.

    While it will ultimately be the difficult work of education experts and legislatures to determine the appropriateness of books, I do believe students have the right to read and learn, free from viewpoint-based censorship.

    We should teach facts.

  • I am in full support of this statement. Members of the board, as leaders of the community should go a step further and work harder to advocate for our underrepresented families.

    Schools that are inclusive and welcoming are good for all students. They create a more just and equitable society, and they help prepare students interact with people from all walks of life with respect and dignity.

  • I absolutely support the policy to protect the LGBTQ+ community. They are part of the school district, they should be welcome and supported.

    Also, it is moral, it is ethical, and it is the law.

  • I tell my children that rule number 2 is to be kind. Bullying and discrimination should be addressed in a multitude of ways.

    As a member of the school board, I will focus on improving family and community engagement to help support the students to reduce the incidence of bullying and discrimination.

  • Absolutely. Someone isn't fluent in English does not make them lack the ability to think. It is important to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and families.

    As a Mandarin speaker who even mentored a Chinese American little brother in Stubbs, I will personally pledge my time to help non-English speaking Mandarin speaking families to help translate and explain in a way that they can understand.

  • Delaware needs to do better in this aspect. A diverse educational and administrative staff will help promote a more equitable learning environment. A more diverse and cohesive workforce will help foster a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

    I believe we need more diversity to better represent our communities.

  • Everyone deserves to have access to safe drinking water.

    Long-term consumption of lead contaminated water in malnourished children can create generational lead poisoning as lead could mimic iron and calcium. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead, as their brains and bodies are still developing.

    This environmental issue will have a negative impact on student behavior and test scores. As a school board member, I will do my part to reduce the lead exposure for both the students and staff in the schools.

    I would like to add that redlining is a major factor in the disproportionate exposure of black communities to lead in drinking water. Redlining is a discriminatory practice that was used by the federal government and private lenders to deny financial services to black communities. This practice led to the concentration of poverty in black neighborhoods, which in turn led to the neglect of infrastructure, including water systems. As a result, black communities are more likely to have lead in their drinking water than white communities.

    To successfully partner with community partners to address health and safety, we must first be transparent and be open to regain the public's trust. We will also partner with community organizations who have worked with the issues.

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