April Fleming Miller
|April Fleming Miller|
|Board member, Frederick County Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 24, 2014|
|First elected||November 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland-Baltimore County|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What's at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Miller earned a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She later received a doctorate in optometry from Salus University. Miller currently works as an optometrist with Evich and Nathan Optometry and Optical Center. She and her husband, Todd, have three children.
The June 24, 2014 primary ballot included incumbents Colleen E. Cusimano, April Fleming Miller and Brad W. Young as well as challengers Liz Barrett, Jonathan C. Carothers, Mike Ferrell, Millicent Hall, Kenneth Kerr and Richard S. Vallaster III. Board member Jean A. Smith did not file for re-election. All of the primary candidates except Carothers will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|Frederick County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Brad W. Young Incumbent||14.8%||15,271|
|Nonpartisan||Colleen E. Cusimano Incumbent||12.9%||13,302|
|Nonpartisan||April Fleming Miller Incumbent||12.3%||12,620|
|Nonpartisan||Richard S. Vallaster III||8.4%||8,693|
|Nonpartisan||Jonathan C. Carothers||5.9%||6,070|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 24, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
Miller has not received any official endorsements in this election.
|Frederick County Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Brad W. Young||21.3%||43,414|
|Nonpartisan||James C. Reeder, Jr.||15.1%||30,780|
|Nonpartisan||Jean A. Smith||12.5%||25,470|
|Nonpartisan||April Fleming Miller||11.5%||23,352|
|Nonpartisan||Colleen E. Cusimano||11.4%||23,177|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 Gubernatorial General Election results for Frederick County," accessed June 9, 2014|
Miller explained her themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Frederick News-Post:
Why are you running for the Board of Education?
My priority the past three years has been creating a fundamental shift toward increased community, business and family involvement with the school system. I am seeking re-election to maintain the relationships we have built as we face an unprecedented change in the educational landscape. I ask the tough questions, am accountable and provide innovative ideas. I have three children at every school level in FCPS. This gives me a unique and valuable perspective of what teachers and students face every day.
What steps should the school system take to deal with financial uncertainty and maintenance-of-effort funding?
MOE attempts to stabilize school funding and reduce financial uncertainty. It is not working. For example, there is no incentive to help fund the sweeping changes in technology, curriculum and professional development that have been mandated by the implementation of Common Core and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. Expenses go up, demands and mandates on the schools increase, students have greater needs, and revenue has been flat. We need to continue to work with other agencies to provide synergies, facilitate public-private partnerships, consider alternative funding sources and advocate for full funding of all mandates.
How do you intend to balance the competing needs of children, administration and teachers?
Every decision made should focus on the impact on the student and staff in the classroom. We should focus on creating learning opportunities and a supportive environment for staff and students while building a relationship with families and the community.
What should the school board's top priorities be?
Create high academic standards preparing students for life and career focusing on student-centered learning; provide equal opportunities for all students to learn; collaborate to form partnerships to promote the shared educational vision of the community; manage resources effectively; and become legislative advocates for education.
Other than the budget, what is the school system's biggest challenge in the next four years?
Steady erosion of local control and parent input on education; rapid transition to Common Core and PARCC assessments; impacts on student learning, graduation requirements, teacher evaluations and privacy; digital conversion of classrooms; teacher pension shift/increased health care costs; impact of unfunded mandates.
What is the biggest difference between your approach and that of the past Board?
My approach is to weigh any Board decision on how it impacts the student and staff in the classroom. I research, investigate and explore all options when making a vote. Four years ago, there was a disconnect between the Board and the community. The Board that I have been a part of has made community and student involvement a priority. I supported forming partnerships with the business community and collaborating with local governments. I encouraged legislative activism and educational advocacy.
—The Frederick News-Post, (2014), 
What's at stake?
Issues in the election
June 2 candidate forum
Frederick Classical Charter School hosted a candidate forum on June 2, 2014 featuring all nine board candidates on the primary ballot. The candidates frequently echoed support for more school choice and expanded charter school development in the district. Most candidates also agreed that the state's approach to charter schools does not provide enough independence for local parents and education officials. Millicent Hall argued that state laws governing charter schools need to remain rigorous to ensure education quality. April Fleming Miller pointed out that the state's strict rules for charter approval have yielded three successful charter schools in the county rather than allowing a flood of inadequate charter options. Hall, Kenneth Kerr and Liz Barrett received endorsements from the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) but asserted their independence from outside influences during the forum. Incumbents Miller, Colleen E. Cusimano and Brad W. Young stated earlier in the forum that the FCTA was actively opposed to charter school expansion in the county.
About the districtFrederick, the county seat of Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County is home to 241,409 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Frederick County Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Maryland, serving 40,413 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Frederick County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.5 percent of Frederick County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Frederick County was $83,706 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Frederick County was 5.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Frederick County Public Schools, "April Fleming Miller," November 14, 2013
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed May 23, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Frederick News-Post, "Board of Education candidate April Miller," April 9, 2014
- The Frederick News-Post, "School board candidates debate," June 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frederick County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 3, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Frederick County Public Schools Elections|
|Frederick County, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Liz Barrett • Jonathan C. Carothers • Colleen E. Cusimano • Mike Ferrell • Millicent Hall • Kenneth Kerr • April Fleming Miller • Richard S. Vallaster III • Brad W. Young|
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|