Interview with H. K. Dido, Candidate for Gwinnett County School Board District 5
Sagal Radio talks with H. K. Dido, the Republican candidate for Gwinnett County School Board District Five.
Sagal Radio intern Mary Claire Kelly talks with Hussein Dido, Administrative Fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine and Gwinnett County School Board Candidate.
H. K. Dido is running as the Republican Candidate for the Gwinnett County School Board District Five because he says he is disappointed in the district's low success rate.
Dido was born in Kenya and is currently an administrative fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. He is running against the incumbent School Board District V Chairwoman Louise Radloff, who is running on the Democratic ticket after serving four decades on the school board as a Republican.
Dido says he became interested in the school board after registering his son to go to school in the Gwinnett County public school system. He decided to do some research and was astonished to find that the Gwinnett County School System, which he had previously thought to be prestigious, had a four-year graduation rate of 67%.
"I don't know how someone can tell me that a school system with a 60% graduation rate is one of the best school systems in Georgia," Dido said. "If that is the case, then we are in big trouble."
Dido has a private school background that he says influences his view of the public school system. He has had 15 years of teaching experience and was an assistant principal at a private K-8 school for five of those years.
He said he hopes to help the school system through his four-fold vision. This vision includes accountability, accessibility, communication, and safety and security. Dido also says he would like to implement more structured methods of data-collecting, such as giving students pre-tests so that teachers and parents can more easily keep track of their progress.
Dido came to the United States in 1995 through a DV, or "lottery" program. He has resided in Gwinnett County for sixteen years.
The last day to register to vote in the fall election is October 9th, and the general election is November 6th.
For H. K. Dido's campaign website, go to: http://www.hkdido2012.com/