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Britney Mumford

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  • Britney Mumford

  • About Britney

  • New Castle
  • Appoquinimink School District
  • At Large
  • A born and bred Delawarean, Britney attended Caesar Rodney High in Camden before earning her Bachelor’s in Political Science at East Carolina University. After college, Britney kicked off her career with various political campaigns from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. She learned quickly that her passion was building relationships and giving people the tools to change their communities and that grassroots organizing was the key to changing the world for the better.
    More recently, Britney has used her organizing skills at issue-based nonprofits including fundraising for public broadcasting and educational campaigns on the federal judicial nominations process. Working in various communities across the country, she has seen firsthand how a solid education can change the trajectory of someone’s life. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director at DelawareCAN, an organization committed to ensuring that every Delaware student has access to a high quality public education.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Equity refers to the principle of fairness, justice, and impartiality in providing resources, opportunities, and treatment to all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances. It involves recognizing and addressing historical and systemic disparities to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to reach their full potential.
    Unlike equality, which focuses on treating everyone the same way, equity acknowledges that individuals may start from different positions and require different levels of support to achieve equal outcomes. Equity seeks to eliminate barriers and systemic biases that may disproportionately affect certain groups, such as racial or socioeconomic disparities.
    In education, for example, achieving equity means ensuring that every student, regardless of their background, has access to high-quality education, resources, and opportunities that support their unique needs. It involves addressing disparities in funding, infrastructure, curriculum, and other factors that can impact educational outcomes.

  • To ensure equitable distribution of budgets and transparent financial decisions in a school district, it is crucial to conduct regular equity audits, involving stakeholders in a transparent budgeting process that prioritizes student needs based on factors like socioeconomic status. Implementing student-centered funding models, providing clear financial reports, actively engaging the community, offering training on equity and financial literacy, establishing equity committees, and regularly assessing and adjusting budget decisions are key strategies. Additionally, advocating for policy changes at both the district and state levels is essential for addressing systemic issues contributing to disparities in resource allocation.

  • As a school board member, I would prioritize equity training for all stakeholders and actively seek community input to understand systemic issues. I advocate for equitable resource allocation, supporting diverse curricula, and ensuring access to necessary support services and programs. Ongoing professional development for educators, monitoring and accountability measures, and active student and parent engagement are essential components. Additionally, addressing disparities in academic achievement and disciplinary actions, along with policy advocacy for inclusivity, diversity, and equity, will be central to creating a more inclusive school culture that fosters the success of every student. Finally, we must consider hiring teachers and administrators from non-traditional pathways to create a a professional culture that is rich with diverse people and experiences.

  • As a school board member, my approach to balancing school safety needs with the adoption of restorative, non-punitive discipline practices involves conducting thorough safety assessments and investing in staff training for conflict resolution. I would implement restorative justice programs to foster a sense of community and accountability, establish clear and fair discipline policies, and engage with the community to ensure support for these practices. Additionally, allocating resources for mental health support services, collaborating with law enforcement, and utilizing data-driven monitoring would contribute to a comprehensive strategy. Emphasizing restorative circles and mediation for conflict resolution and regularly reviewing and adjusting practices based on feedback and evolving needs will guide the ongoing commitment to creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment. I do support having School Resource Officers in our schools provided that they are adequately trained in conflict resolution, equity, and mental health awareness.

  • As a candidate for the school board, I firmly believe that students have the fundamental right to read and learn free from viewpoint-based censorship. It is essential that our schools provide an environment where students can explore diverse perspectives, engage in critical thinking, and develop their own informed opinions. By upholding principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry, we empower students to become active and informed participants in society. As such, I am committed to supporting policies that safeguard students' rights to access a wide range of viewpoints and ensure that censorship based on personal beliefs or biases does not impede their educational journey.

  • Yes, I support the statement that schools should be inclusive of all students, regardless of a student's gender identity or sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. Inclusivity in schools is a fundamental principle that fosters a positive and supportive learning environment for every student. When schools embrace diversity and create an inclusive atmosphere, students feel respected, valued, and are more likely to thrive academically and emotionally. Inclusive schools contribute to the well-being of all students, promote a sense of belonging, and prepare them to navigate a diverse and interconnected world. Embracing diversity also helps reduce discrimination and prejudice, fostering a culture of acceptance, empathy, and understanding among students and within the broader community.

  • Yes. Endorsing a school district-wide policy that affirms the rights and full inclusion of LGBTQ+ children and staff aligns with principles of equality, fairness, and inclusivity. Such policies create a supportive environment, fostering a sense of safety and belonging for LGBTQ+ students and staff.

  • If elected to the school board, I would address the persistent issue of bullying and discrimination by conducting a comprehensive review and strengthening of anti-bullying policies. Ongoing training for staff, implementation of clear reporting mechanisms, and the establishment of a positive and inclusive school culture would be prioritized. Peer mentorship programs, mental health support services, and active engagement with parents are essential components. Regular evaluations and adjustments, collaboration with community organizations, and addressing the challenges of cyberbullying would be integral to creating a safer and more inclusive educational environment in alignment with Delaware's anti-bullying laws. A strong emphasis needs to be put on engaging with social media in a responsible manner. Students must understand that they ARE responsible for their actions on the internet and be fully versed in internet safety.

  • To enhance opportunities for families, particularly those from historically marginalized communities, to engage in decision-making within my school district, I would prioritize community outreach, employ culturally responsive communication strategies, and establish equity councils for diverse representation. Offering accessible meeting times, providing training for families, implementing feedback mechanisms, and involving them in school improvement planning are integral components. Additionally, creating family liaisons or advocates, fostering transparent decision-making, and building strong community partnerships would contribute to a more inclusive and collaborative educational environment. Through these efforts, I aspire to empower families and ensure that their voices are not only heard but actively shape the policies and practices of the district.

  • Yes. Diversity among teachers and administrators is widely recognized as beneficial for several reasons. First, a diverse educational staff brings a variety of perspectives and experiences, enriching the learning environment and promoting cultural understanding. Students from diverse backgrounds may find it easier to relate to educators who share similar experiences, fostering a more inclusive and supportive educational atmosphere. Additionally, diverse role models in leadership positions can inspire students and contribute to breaking down stereotypes. It's important to note that achieving diversity in the education sector involves addressing systemic barriers to entry, promoting inclusive hiring practices, and providing support and professional development opportunities for educators from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • As a school board member, my commitment to addressing lead in the school district's water would involve immediate comprehensive testing, transparent communication with stakeholders, and swift implementation of remediation measures. I would collaborate with community members to gather input on solutions, launch educational campaigns, and establish a long-term infrastructure plan. Regular testing, advocacy for funding, and collaboration with local health departments would be prioritized to ensure ongoing water quality management. By involving the community and adhering to best practices, I aim to safeguard the health and safety of students and staff, fostering a culture of transparency and accountability in addressing water quality concerns.

  • To address the funding deficit and ensure a constitutionally adequate education for all students in Delaware, I strongly advocate for transitioning to a weighted student funding system. This approach would allocate resources based on the unique needs of each student, considering factors such as socioeconomic status, English language proficiency, and special education requirements. By implementing a weighted student funding model, we can move towards a more equitable distribution of resources, addressing disparities that may exist across schools and student populations. This system promotes fairness, transparency, and accountability in education funding, aligning with the constitutional mandate to provide an adequate education for every student. It also allows for flexibility in adapting to evolving educational needs and ensures that funds are directed where they can have the most significant impact on student success.

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