I worked closely with Kris when she served as president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and was impressed by her KNOWLEDGE of the issues, LEADERSHIP skills, INTEGRITY and PASSION for education. During her tenure at MCCPTA, Kris reached out to various parent groups in the County on a regular basis, and when a natural pathway for outreach was not obvious, created one. She not only sought out and listened to a variety of viewpoints, but also worked to ensure that these viewpoints were given due consideration as key issues were discussed.
Kris was not shy about asking the tough questions of MCPS or the Board of Education, but did so in a way that usually enabled community members a seat at the table as issues were discussed. I believe Kristen's integrity and collaborative style would serve the BOE well.
Cheryl Moss Herman
Kristin Trible understands that Montgomery County Public Schools is tasked with providing an exemplary education to all its students. I’ve worked closely with Kristin in my special education advocacy, and she’s demonstrated an unwavering personal commitment to meeting the diverse and unique educational needs of all students, as well as an understanding of complex issues and the drive to resolve them. She will bring intelligence, accountability, and an inclusive vision to the board of education.
Julie Reiley, Founder, Maryland Coalition for Special Education Rights*
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Kristin has indicated her support for universal salad bars, removal of dangerous chemicals from school food, healthier vending and a la carte options and better transparency about current options. If you're a parent who is concerned about school food, Kristin is a good choice for school board.
Lindsey Parsons, Co-Director, Real Food for Kids-Montgomery*
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I’ll vote for Kristin Trible, Board of Education, District 1 (Northwest County). I’m sharing my reasons for this choice, with the hopes that you will vote for her too, and that you will learn about the board issues and candidates before you pull up at your polling place.
I’ll vote for Kristin because I can, because our schools are important, and because I believe she’ll bring to office the fresh energy, character and background to do the job that needs doing.
I can vote for Kristin because by an unfortunate quirk of state law, we in Montgomery County vote for candidates in every district, including those in which we do not live. The downside is that the BOE members are not beholden to the voters of their respective districts, and are not answerable for shortcomings of education in their districts. (The recent Office of Legislative Oversight report and math exam failure rate data illuminate shortcomings in the high schools of the East County, where I live.) If you wait to learn about the candidates you’ll learn about them from lists of names on small pieces of cardboard that will be handed to you by people you don’t know when you arrive at the polls; cardboard lists are tools of countywide generic, mass marketing, with particular district-by-district needs subordinated; but the purveyors of the lists definitely have their own particular murky purposes for their choices.
I’ll vote for Kristin because our schools are important: they sop up half of our $4.99 billion County budget; they formerly supported our competition with other jurisdictions for business and commercial locations and accompanying tax base and jobs; they are the means by which our County educates its future workforce and taxpayers, and our future neighbors; they are the vehicle through which our families realize their “American Dreams” of upward mobility for their children and grandchildren. It’s important and only fair that all our families have an equal chance of realizing this American dream. It’s not happening now (a result of the “nagging persistence of the achievement gap,”in the Gazette’s understatement)
I’ll vote for Kristin because of what she’ll bring to the Board. Kristin is the past president of the 55-thousand-member Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. This is a big job. In forging a working consensus among MCCPTA activists, Kristin learned the issues and processes from every perspective; she knows and is known, respected and liked by the players, at the State and County Government, union, Board of Education, MCPS and parent levels. Her experience and open personality allow her to maintain productive discussion with people who disagree with her.
Addressing the shortcomings of Montgomery County education will require cooperation of leaders from all levels of government and of our fellow Montgomery County citizens. Kristin Trible offers the fresh energy, knowledge, relationships and skills to make a significant contribution if she receives votes from across the County for Board of Education.
Fred Stichnoth, Silver Spring
Opinion - The Gazette, October 15, 2014
I have known Kristin since our children were in elementary school when we were both active in the PTA. I've worked with Kris from elementary school PTA through high school PTSA and have always been impressed with her drive, her work ethic, and her focus on the important issues that directly impact county students. I enthusiastically support Kristin Trible for the Montgomery County School Board.
Community College Professor