Candidate Profile
Erika Mitchell

Non-Partisan , Georgia

Biography

Name
Erika Mitchell
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Atlanta School Board, District 5
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon

Endorsements

Liberals

1
Equity in Education Atlanta

Others

1
100 Black Men of America

Reported by Candidate

5
Education in Equity, Elect Black Women, Committee for a New Georgia, Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall, Educators First

Selected Contributions

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Park Cannon (2018)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Selected Financial Source Documents

Campaign Finance Records

*Information was received by iVoterGuide after panel evaluations occurred.
 

Other Information

Participated in NAPPS Candidate Forum
  • 46:47 Top three priorities in the job:
    1. Developing policy that serves students.
    2. Focusing on equity.
    3. Making sure we have good, quality leadership in our schools.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.

Agree   


Economy

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Neutral   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree   

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.

Neutral   


Religious Liberty

School districts should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.

Strongly Agree   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

Strongly Disagree   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

Develop and approve the policies that govern the Atlanta Public Schools system. Hire and terminate Superintendent, a Board Appointee. Approves and oversees the overall school’s system $1 Billion general fund and operating budgets for each school year. Analyzes, reports, and interprets student performance data and makes recommendations for instructional improvement. Hire/ Fire Superintendent Develop Policy Approve Budget

Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?

School Board Member and Superintendent

Please list in order the following priorities in relation to the role of a K-12 public school (omitting any that do not apply): Mathematics, Information Technology, Science, Political Activism, Personal Finances, Gender Identity, Physical Fitness, American History, Critical Race Theory, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Sexuality, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning literacy Mathematics Information Technology Science Language Arts American History Personal Finances Physical Fitness Art & Music Vocational Learning Foreign Language Critical Race Theory Gender Learning Sexuality Political Activism

Every state should mandate K-12 standardized tests and use of teaching software which aligns with Common Core standards.

Agree   

Schools should use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources to teach emotions, values, and relationships.

Strongly Agree   

I support the teaching of the 1619 Project emphasizing slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.

Strongly Agree   

When students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.

Strongly Agree   

Parents are the ultimate authority in their child’s education and should be able to freely pursue whatever educational options they deem best for their child.

Strongly Agree   


Values

No school official should be involved in the sexual transitioning of a student. All issues on this subject should be referred to the parents of the student.

Strongly Agree   

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.

No Answer   

Teachers should not use alternative names and pronouns without parental permission.

Strongly Agree   

Therapy to help children turn from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria should be banned.

Strongly Disagree   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

No Answer   

No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.

Strongly Agree   

Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

Parents and the Health teacher in the schools

If you support the teaching of Sex Ed, please answer the following question: Sexual education should include these topics (list all that apply and add your own, if needed) -- Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex

Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; stages of pregnancy and fetal development

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in GOD and the spirit of my ancestors which lives in me. I believe in the laws of the universe. I believe in standing in your truth, having integrity and honesty.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

I am running for re-election for District 5, to continue to develop policies that serve the students of APS, Provide educational opportunities, more student support services, wraparound services, quality and stable leadership for schools and to ensure every student receives a quality education.

A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.

Strongly Disagree   

What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?

The Holy Bible The Mis-Education of the Negro TAO of Jeet Kune Do The Prosperity Secrets of the Ages

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

To run for School Board, the requirement is to have at least a high school diploma or GED. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information systems. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in government. I have completed two certifications in certificate in Education Finance at Georgetown university, and certificate in Accelerating Board Capacity at Harvard school of business, Boston. I have also attended several cl

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

No Answer   

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I do not categorize myself. I serve students, I am nonpartisan. I work to ensure that all students receive a quality education and resources that will help to support all student needs

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

no

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am running for re-election for District 5, to continue to develop policies that serve the students of APS, Provide educational opportunities, more student support services, wraparound services, quality and stable leadership for schools and to ensure every student receives a quality education. I have led the school board with my work in policy development. I wrote the first school district’s Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking policy, Trauma Informed Practices policy, Restorative Justice policy, co-wrote Atlanta Public School Equity policy and wrote the Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution for Atlanta Public Schools. I am currently serving on the Atlanta Board of Education’s Policy Review Committee, Equity Taskforce, Audit Committee and the Boards of Director for the Atlanta BeltLine. In addition, I am on the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Taskforce Workgroup, Fulton County Citizen Court Watch for Zone 4


2nd Amendment

Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.

Strongly Disagree   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

It depends because there are some vaccinations that are need to protect children.


Background

Education
  • Alabama State University, Montgomery, B.S, 2004
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Council of Urban Boards of Education, Vice Chair
  • National Black Council of School Board Members, Secretary
  • Mary Parker Foundation, Advisory Committee
  • Atl Alumni, Advisory Board
  • Project S.E.M.S, Chair
Offices
  • Board Member Atlanta Board of Education District 5, Held 4
 

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