I believe that it is appropriate for there to be national standards for education, but I also believe that administrative authority should be local. Those closest to the community and the students being served will be best able to develop strategies for helping students overcome the challenges each may face academically.
Similarly to the above question, I think it is appropriate for our federal legislators and presidential administrations to work together to establish standards for curriculum, but choosing actual textbooks and materials should be done through local government entities. Textbooks being dictated by state governments has already lead to virtual monopolies in the textbook industry and limits new competitors from entering the market.
I believe that individual schools are capable of making this decision. Students have a right not to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, as long as it isn’t disruptive.
Prayer is often a silent and invisible action, so I’m not sure it’s truly possible to prevent students or staff from engaging in prayer. I believe public schools are for all of our students, regardless of their faith, and they shouldn’t be discouraged from expressing their faith through prayer as long as it isn’t disruptive to the classroom and learning environment.
Yes. I believe local communities have a right to fund their students educational experience above and beyond that which state and federal legislators allocate. An important responsibility of the School Board is providing voters opportunities to fund specific programs, infrastructure, and staffing levels that our community supports when state funding to the district is insufficient.
This is another decision I think Schools can make and I’m against dictating how students or staff express holiday greetings. Regardless of what holiday a person celebrates (or not) during the Christmas Season or what theme a school chooses for their seasonal production, everyone should feel comfortable being themselves and celebrating in their own way.
Again, as long as it isn’t disruptive, it shouldn’t be limited. I do however think it’s best if the permits process is followed by large groups to ensure appropriate safety measures are taken by the community as is usually required for large gatherings.
I believe communities can decide for themselves what monuments, statues, or other displays they want in their public spaces. Communities grow and change over time, and thus should always be able to decide on changing public displays when they see fit.
Yes, information about both should be included in the Sex Ed curriculum. Parents often don’t know how to talk to their students about these issues and kids don’t often feel comfortable asking their parents questions they might have. Many parents depend on the public Sex Ed curriculum to ensure their student has up-to-date information about how to stay safe during puberty. Resources should be age-appropriate, should include information about how to avoid predators, ways to respond to pressure from peers, and how to get additional help.
The public schools role in Sex Ed is to provide students with age-appropriate, comprehensive, and inclusive information resources to better understand their own body and to better understand others. I think it’s every parent’s hope that their child can have some amount of confidence as they navigate puberty and the knowledge to avoid dangerous situations.