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Tracey Pearson

Tracey Pearson

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Tracey Pearson

District:
Nampa School District
Zone:
Zone 3
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
I believe the fundamental role of education is to equip students with the skills, knowledge, experience, lessons, and guidance that prepare and equip the student for life, with emphasis on personal responsibility, self- discipline, and academic excellence. These are primarily to support and develop the greatest potential inside every learner regardless of age, color, gender, or economic status, guiding students to become positive, contributing citizens into their family and their community. Students should be excited for a bright and successful future.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
The promotion of rigorous academic instruction and excellence in a school district requires unity between the child, parent, teacher and school leadership. This comes through building transparency and respectful communication between each of these individuals, recognizing that the ultimate responsibility and authority belongs to the parent.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
Critical Race Theory ignores and denies the divine inspiration and bright light born in us all. CRT defines each person’s character by the color of their skin. This theory declares false truths to be factual. This ideology misguides innocent minds who don’t see color. CRT teaches that we are not equal. To teach children and young adults that they are going to face oppression or become an oppressor in their lifetime because of their skin color promotes hate, division, and victimism. CRT neglects to recognize one of the most important lessons to teach a young mind: personal responsibility and all are created equal. To teach these falsehoods of character is destructive to our society.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
I Define Social Emotional Learning as the government's idea of your child’s healthy identity and mental wellness. Proponents of SEL call for focusing less on academic content and knowledge in schools, and more emphasis on student attributes, mindsets, values, and behavior. SEL teaches your child a narrow view of what values should be held. The goal of SEL is to impose the definition of a child's identity, goals, how to feel, show empathy, manage emotions, and how to make decisions based on an SEL educator’s viewpoint. These programs are designed to form attitudes, values, and beliefs based on government ideology. Social emotional learning disregards, replaces, and devalues the responsibility and paramount importance that the family has in regard to these values a child is taught. We must recognize the significance of each family's unique values and not give these vital lessons over to the government. I would propose that educators refocus their efforts in teaching genuine academic achievements. These programs rob the teachers and students of valuable time and focus, needed for academic success. I would not implement the SEL model in my school district.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
My response to the Idaho’s State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as SEL Roadmap for reopening schools, anti-racist practices, social justice, and statewide implicit bias training. No, teachers should not be required to attend these training sessions. Teachers should have a choice. I believe these programs magnify, overemphasize, and create negative narratives. They cultivate confusion, division, stress, and weigh down a child's learning experiences. These programs stray away from the healthy intended goal of the educational system. I believe this is the government creating exaggerated problems to make policies that only hinder students' from being given the optimal education they need to become self-reliant, self-disciplined, prepared, happy students, excited for their futures. I believe the role of government should be to provide students and their families the freedom to empower themselves, and pursue their own goals, and solve their own problems.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
I believe no form of sexual education, sexual orientation, or gender identity should be taught without the consent of the parent or guardian. If a teacher has not received consent, the student should not be in these classes. Furthermore, I believe we must follow science, not feelings or the personal beliefs of a scientist. There are only two genders, male and female. These theories, beliefs, feelings only create confusion, frustration, and mental tension. These curriculums hinder learning skills to prepare and equip students for a successful life.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
No, I do not support transgender to be allowed in bathroom of their choice. To allow a person of opposite sex to enter the bathroom of which they feel their gender to be, would be to deprive students their privacy and safety. The adults who assume responsibility to protect students while at school and allow such acts, would subject these students to harm and no protection. We must follow the science, not the feelings or confusion of the minority. We must recognize the danger of allowing a male to enter an area that has a female in a extremely vulnerable place and at high risk of sexual abuse.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
No, I do not support mask mandates. I support freedom of choice. I believe it is important to teach and pursue a healthy strong immune system.

Allie Anderton

Allie Anderton

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Allie Anderton

District:
Coeur D'Alene School District
Zone:
Zone 1
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
It is the role of the public school system to provide a thorough classical academic education through teaching objective fact. Public schools should offer programs that focus on the basics of math, reading, writing, history, financial literacy, and an appreciation for the arts. Ultimately it is the role of the schools working together with the parents to send well adjusted students capable of turning challenges into triumphs into the world. It should be a priority to strengthen relationships between parent's and the board of trustees to ensure we are all working towards a common goal.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
My first priority would be a thorough review of curriculum by the board of trustees, teachers, and parents. Then removing anything that should be the responsibility of parents and the church to teach. We need to get back to focusing on classical academics and objective fact, which has been overshadowed by Social Emotional Learning. While it is important to support our children's emotional health at school and home, it is not the role of the school to carve out portions of the day, or weave this teaching throughout every fiber of our children's day to address. These things need to be dealt with as needed on an individual basis, so as a whole we are focusing on academics not feelings. By working with parents and educators to implement curriculum that gets back to the fundamentals of education, we will be able to put the focus back on academic instruction and excellence
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
Born from the framework of Marxism. It is a radical race based ideology that says all minorities are oppressed and all others are their oppressors. It teaches to see people by their race, rather than by the content of their character. Noting concepts like white privilege, institutional, structural, systemic racism, and an idea that America is inherently racist. I believe the implementation of CRT in policy and curriculum undermines the teaching of true history. While parts of history may be gruesome and difficult, we are to teach and learn from it as to not repeat the mistakes that have been made before us. We learn and grow from the teaching of historical facts. There are many lessons to be learned from history, but the teaching of CRT leads to a regressive thought process that undermines those lessons.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
Social Emotional Learning is social engineering, the trojan horse for CRT (CRT in practice, not by name). While in theory it sounds great for our schools to teach our children to regulate emotions and be self aware, SEL goes beyond that, and is weaved into every aspect of your childs learning experience. When the focus of this teaching is social change, this is a red flag that the intent is teaching our children to be social justice warriors and change agents. Core features of Transformative SEL, which is taught in district 271, include "Academic content that integrates issues of race, class, and culture." And "Enhancing and forgrounding social and emotional competencies needed for civic engagement and social change, such as reflecting on personal and social identities, examining prejudices and biases, interrogating social norms, disrupting and resisting inequities, and co-constructing equitable and just solutions." Social Emotional Learning as it is said to be implemented in our schools by administration and boards, to teach self regulation and awareness, should be kept to individual circumstances, in an organic fashion. Otherwise the teachings of morals, values, and virtues, as well as self regulation and awareness should be the purview of families and churches.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
Considering the fact that SEL, anti-racism, social justice, and implicit bias trainings are all related to CRT, I would vehemently oppose such resources. Teachers should not be required to attend any training that is related to CRT or teaches them to implement the practice, or praxis of CRT.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
It is important for our children to understand basic biology and how their bodies work. Having parents opt IN rather than opt out, sex education should be offered to children in an age appropriate fashion. Schools should not be adding to the growing trend of gender confusion and dysphoria by instructing children in the area of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sex education in schools should be taught from a scientific and biological standpoint, with focus on safety, reproductive health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
This idea should be strongly opposed. As stated above, schools should not be adding to the growing trend of gender confusion and dysphoria. Nor should they be compromising the safety and privacy of others to accommodate for a small population. Bathroom accessibility should be based on a person's physical genitalia, not identification.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
There are no comprehensive scientific studies available showing that masking has benefits that outweigh the negative effects of long term mask wearing. Therefore I could not in good conscience vote in favor of any mandates regarding masks or vaccines. I believe in medical freedom and the right for each family and individual to make their own decisions based upon what is best practice for themselves. I support the implementation of other mitigation strategies such as promoting good hygiene like hand washing, as well as cleaning practices that minimize contact exposure from surfaces, sufficient ventilation for indoor spaces, encouraging healthy eating and exercise habits, and keeping sick children and teachers home while they are ill. Other district's close to ours have been successful at preventing outbreaks using the above mitigation strategies.

Katrena Hauger

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Katrena Hauger

District:
Mountain View School District
Zone:
Zone 5
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
It is our role to educate our children to prepare them for tomorrow's jobs and give them the tools to be productive citizens in our communities. Education teaches our students the importance of hard work and the values of right and wrong.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
We need to continue to challenge our students "to think, perform, and grow to a level that they were not at previously". As a former teacher of 35 years, I know that the educators in our school district continually work to improve their teaching by furthering their education and adhering to the content standards set by our state. By providing strong and relevant professional development opportunities to our educators and valuing their educational endeavors, we can continue the excellent work they are doing in our district! As a board member, I plan to make routine visits to the teachers of our students, listening to their thoughts and concerns with academic instruction and involving them in decisions made regarding instruction - they are the experts who spend the quality time with our students!
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
In regards to CRT, Idaho Code 377 states: "It is the intent of the legislature that administrators, faculty members, other employees, and students at public schools, including public charter schools and institutions of higher education, respect the dignity of others, acknowledge the right of others to express differing opinions, and foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, and freedom of speech and association". CRT has no place in Idaho schools and cannot, based on law, be implemented in Idaho school policies and curriculum. I am in 100% agreement with IC 377!
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
SEL is the "process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success". As a former teacher of 35 years, I have seen students benefit from SEL projects and programs. Many students learn these skills from their parents and from life's interactions and can continue growing from the tools learned at their schools. Our district uses Core Project in grades 6-8 and in our high schools and Character Strong/Character Counts for k-5. A team devised of administration, counselors and teachers did the research for these programs and having been involved in implementing them with our students, I can fully say that their research is providing a quality program.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
If, in fact, that is the case, as a board member, I would research the positions of both ISDE and ISBE. I would also rely on information provided to me from our district superintendent, our district's leadership team and other district staff in making training decisions.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
The Idaho Content Standards for Health clearly define the concepts to be taught for Human Growth, Development & Family Life. Our district/staff sends out a letter to parents prior to any instruction for this content standard and parents have the option to pull their children from this course of instruction. Sexual orientation and gender identity are personal matters and should be left for individuals to decide.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
Law 6479 requires school districts, BOCES, charter schools and nonpublic schools to designate all single-occupancy restrooms as gender neutral. Should this issue come across to our board, I would gather the information collected by our superintendent/admin/staff/parents, etc. to address it accordingly.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I personally do not support mask mandates. I believe anyone can wear a mask if they choose to do so and if they choose not to wear a mask they accept the risks of that choice. Our District has information regarding COVID-19 procedures accessible on our website that patrons can access which specifically addresses the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services. School Administrators consider multiple factors when they make decisions about implementing prevention strategies against COVID-19 on an ongoing basis. Specific details of all extra and added precautions are included in this document related to COVID-19. I attend board meetings on a very consistent and regular basis and COVID information, etc. is at the forefront.

Mark Worthen

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Mark Worthen

District:
Lakeland Joint School District
Zone:
Zone 4
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
I believe that the role of public education is to motivate students to become lifelong learners. As lifelong learners they can make a positive contribution to society and to their own well being.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
As a board member I will continue to support curriculum that leads students toward higher learning in both academics and skills (such as KTEC) It is great that we have those options available right here in Rathdrum!
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
In Idaho - House Bill 377 prohibits the teaching of CRT here. CRT teaches the racism if fully imbedded in society and policy making.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
I believe the SEL is about educating the whole person. Academics, socialization and emotional health are involved. I don’t know about the current SEL model, but good education is not just academic but involves aspects of getting along in society, and emotional well being.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
I have not read this document prior to filling out the survey. I would like to study it out before forming an opinion in this area.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
Parents always should be the first teacher in their children’s lives. This includes any sex education instruction. If schools are involved in any way, full disclosure and presentation of the curriculum should always be available to them. Parental consent must always be required.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
I do not agree with this policy. There are ways to accommodate all students with single person facilities. (See Montana Rest areas) This will require some retrofitted but is very possible.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I do not support a mask mandate. There are many things that can be done in the school setting to help control the spread of covid. ( social distancing, sanitization, etc). Lakeland School have been open throughout this pandemic. There have been some bumps along the way, but students need to be in school, and so far it’s worked.

Clay Christensen

Clay Christensen

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Clay Christensen

District:
Vallivue School District
Zone:
Zone 1
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of public education is to educate all students, regardless of race, color or socio-economic status in a way that affords every student the opportunity for higher education or gainful employment upon graduation.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
To ensure excellence, it is vital to recruit and retain great teachers and give them the tools and training to become even better. School systems are the foundation of a healthy community and I will continue to build and improve Vallivue schools in a way that will make the community proud.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
Critical Race Theory is the idea that society’s rules and laws are biased toward certain races. To teach that in schools would only divide students and families further, not bring them together. Teaching history to learn from past mistakes is appropriate. Teaching CRT to use as a reason why some races feel inferior will only cause further division. I will do everything in my power to ensure it is not taught within Vallivue School District.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
SEL involves looking at the social and emotional well being of all students. While I believe families should play the major role in this area, it is good for schools to look at the reasons why students may or may not be learning and what social or emotional roadblocks are in the way.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
I think it is important for staff to be informed and to understand. Any training about marginalized groups or social justice is a positive step in the right direction to further unite our community. I do not believe we should begin to change policies and laws to try and ‘make up’ for things that may have happened.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
Age appropriate awareness and education is good. For example, parents of High School or Middle School aged students should have the choice on whether their child participates in a health class or session on how their bodies are changing. To require it as comprehensive sex education is not appropriate and takes the rights of the parents away. I do not believe the small number of kids that need to hear about it at school outweighs the majority of kids who are getting it from their parents at a time and in a manner that is appropriate for them.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
I do not agree with this recommendation from the Idaho School Boards Association. I believe students should use the bathroom that is appropriate to their biological gender.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I do not support mask mandates in school as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy. I believe parents have the right to choose whether their children should wear masks to school or not. I fully support the measures Vallivue School District is currently taking to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the efforts being taken to communicate that strategy to parents and staff.

Jeff Kirkman

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Jeff Kirkman

District:
Nampa School District
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Zone 5
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of education is to teach academics to students K-12 that further an individual's intellect, knowledge, and critical thinking skills that will be invaluable as they mature and grow into adulthood. Additionally, it should support societal norms and values without discounting unfamiliar concepts and ideas. This is a reason why school boards have local control is to be more representative of local communities.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
Rigorous academic instruction in the Nampa school district can be realized if we let teachers teach. There is a reason these unsung heroes got into the business of teaching, to teach our children necessary academic knowledge and skills and instill a love for life-long learning. They certainly didn’t get in the business for the money so why does the state, school district administrations, and school boards seem to make it so difficult to achieve this primary purpose? Instead of mandating numerous changes in curriculum, standards, testing and assessments, etc., which every time the next “big thing” comes along they have to spend time and money getting trained, practicing, and explaining it to confused parents and students, teachers should have the obstacles removed so they can just teach. We need to focus on what is working and make it better rather than shifting to a different direction much too often. A critical review of curriculum, texts, and other instructional materials and methods by the board, administrations, teachers, parents, and even students themselves will also lend itself to rigorous and excellent instruction.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
CRT is a theory – not proven, not fact – but a theory that attempts to relegate people of color to the bottom tier of society due to the assertion that there is systemic, institutional racism and attempts to identify ”whiteness” as evil and the white race as oppressors. Of course it differs from “teaching history” because it is not history. There are periods in our history when there was, and still is today, racism and it is ugly and hurtful, demeaning and demoralizing to everyone. The bad parts of our history should be taught with the good parts of our history but without the context of trying to teach our impressionable young kids that one race, white, are the oppressors over another race, black, who are the victims and the oppressed. How can we ever grow and be better when this is being taught in many different ways than just straight from a curriculum which is illegal in Idaho? We should simply be teaching our students that it doesn’t matter what race someone is, they deserve to be treated equally and with respect. No reason to indoctrinate them with suppositions that there are oppressors and oppressed. That simply perpetuates division.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
Simply put, SEL is teaching kids how to think and feel. There are measurables when teaching academics to students and testing and other assessments work well to determine if a student has learned the information or not. But how do you measure how someone, especially kids, thinks and feels and if they meet whatever standard might be in place? Teachers are not counselors and SEL curriculum belongs in that area, not the classroom. Schools should not be teaching any model of SEL. Leave it to the parents and those specifically and professionally trained, and I don’t mean a couple of days of in-service training, to address issues with social and emotional learning.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
My response would be to vigorously oppose the dissemination of these types of resources. Why are schools hyper-focused on social justice issues? Teachers don’t have enough time to teach the fundamental academics let alone the time needed to attend training for anti-racist, implicit bias, and social justice issues. We are missing the mark if we start requiring teachers to attend these trainings. Leave it open as an option for continuing education that they seek on their own time if they so choose.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
The Nampa school district should not be required to teach sex education curriculum except for the basic biology of the function of the human body which really isn’t sex education, it is simply science and biology about how bodies work. Leave the sex education out of the school and home with the parents. I understand that not all students have parents or an environment where they will learn such important facts of life so if a sex education class is provided at school, it must be by consent of the parent/guardian and not an opt-out situation but an opt-in requirement. My concern about sex education being taught in our schools is parents don’t know the agenda a teacher may have when teaching it. Is the instruction going to include pronoun preferences, LGBTQI issues, unisex bathrooms, deviant behavior, literature that may be deemed obscene by community standards, and abortion? These are deeply personal issues that should be dealt with on a personal level between the parent/guardian and the child, not the school. I will not stand by and let the schools usurp the rights of parents to teach their children about these sensitive issues but if they decide they want to opt-in their child to be taught sex education beyond the biology, then I support their right to make that decision.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
I will respond to the ISBA’s recommendation with absolute defiance. There must never be a male student in a female bathroom and vice-versa. Simply identifying as a sex does not change biology. Designate a bathroom for those who identify as either gender to use will mitigate this concern and remain equitable for students.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I am opposed to mask mandates and vaccination mandates. Parents must retain the right to make those decisions for their children and not schools or other government entities. I support any individual’s decision to wear a mask and get vaccinated but not to force anyone else to do so. The COVID vaccinations are much different than MMR and other diseases for which kids are vaccinated. Those vaccines have been proven to work over many, many years so it is not comparing apples to apples. The simple basics of enhanced cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing when appropriate, hand washing, and staying home when sick are the most effective strategies at mitigating the spread of COVID and other viruses like the flu.

Vincent Rundhaug

Vincent Rundhaug

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Vincent Rundhaug

District:
Mountain View School District
Zone:
Zone 3
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
To teach the necessary skill sets that enable students to become self-reliant, competent and contributing members of their community. And thus are better prepared for adult life.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
By advocating for competency based education for students. By advocating exceptionally competent teachers. By advocating a positive parental inclusion into their student's education.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
CRT is psuedo history that contradicts truthful history for the purpose of undermining America. It is of Marxist origin and has no place in the school cirriculum.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
SEL is a Federally funded cirriculum that removes customary ethical, moral, and emotional development of children, from the parents and community. It also empowers the teachers to instill those attitudes. Schools should focus on academics and knowledge. Therefore, SEL has no place in public schools.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
With a fixed amount of time in a school day, ISB and DOE should focus on academics and knowledge; this is the purpose of public schools.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
A student's body is developing during the K-12 program. It would be appropriate to have a clinical/biological approach of education that explains the effects of puberty during adolescence. Gender identity, sexual orientation, and other sexual related issues may have an academic acknowledgment, but moral, ethical and emotional elements should be left up to the parents and community. Parents should be involved with their student(s) on this issue.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
This is a contemporary issue of complexity which involves qualified professionals, parents, school staff, and the student. ISBA is only making a recommendation, and at this point, final authority appears to rest with the school board. I will note here that transgender identity issues are a length process. However, the student of one sex, who suddenly decides to be the opposite sex for that day and enters the restroom of the opposite sex, is acting inappropropriately.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
As it pertains to COVID-19, I do not support mask mandates in schools. It should be a student's choice. As with most viral issues, washing hands, covering mouth/nose when sneezing or coughing; if symptomatic, stay home until recovered.

D. Greg Beal

D. Greg Beal

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D. Greg Beal

District:
Filer School District
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Zone 5
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
I believe in the traditional role of education where students are taught reading, writing, arithmetic, history, language skills, science, as well as physical, industrial arts, etc. all to enable an individual to either continue on through college or to immediately step out into society as a productive citizen.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
First of all, we have to stop the stuff that's distracting and get back to our basic fundamental roles, as mentioned above. We need to give students opportunities to excel (or sometimes just succeed) and recognize them when they do. We need to provide the infrastructure to all students; the teachers, the proper instruction, classes, hands on experiences, etc. Then we need to build on successes year after year. Another aspect of this is getting the public excited about our schools. Public enthusiasm seems to permeate the school and its students. While I don't have all the answers, I believe better communication between the school administration and the public would go a long way.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
After deciding to run for the school board, I have been looking more into CRT and I really can't define it. In my opinion, CRT is a political stick being used to beat on each other and tear our society apart. When implemented, it may start to teach true history but the intent seems to change to divisionary indoctrination. I believe CRT has no place in the school. Our children need know that they treat everyone with courtesy and respect, period. Again, CRT is not the right tool nor has a place in schools. It places too much focus on diversity, too much on inequality, too much on the characteristics it denounces. I agree that true history should be taught... the good things that have been done should be recognized. Of course there are bad and some really ugly things that need taught and reminded of too. However, the focus should be more on learning from our collective past, inclusiveness and bringing everyone together vs. dividing them. There are ways to teach truth, without singling out segments of our population and indoctrinating them to believe they are oppressed, maybe not as good as others, and that others owe them. My heart breaks just thinking about how that kind of teaching affects kids. All children are priceless and I am not seeing that one truth being taught in CRT.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
I think at its core, we are all continually in a state of social emotional learning. Notice I did not capitalize that as it is intended to portray normal human interactions. We are all social creatures that have good and bad days. Some of us have struggles that others don't. No matter our struggles or situations, we need to learn how to get along and engage society in productive manners. From my understanding of SEL as it is being presented, it is simply a framework to teach social justice and other far left ideas. It is more concerned about equity then truth. In my continuing research on SEL, I have even run across statements arguing that emotionally it may be better to teach 2+2=5. So they argue it is better to lie to and mislead children than to teach them truth? I just can't get behind this kind of thing. I do not support this type of SEL in the school system as it takes away from what the educators are supposed to be teaching our children and introduces other problems.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
At what point do we quit playing games, trying to be and teach new social justice warriors, and get back to doing our job educating our kids. If I am not mistaken, there are already laws concerning and prosecuting racist practices. Teachers do not go into the education system to promote their biases toward children. That would be against their teaching character. Do I believe there are situations where teachers need a little help with abnormal situations that come up? Absolutely, I do. This is where I believe the teachers may need a little more training. Maybe councilors need to be more involved to help these kids. Maybe the councilors need more training or maybe even to refer the kid to better help. I am not against these kinds of trainings but blanket, staff-wide bias, social justice, and anti-racist trainings... no. I'm trying to think of examples of teachers and students treating each other with a racial or other bias and I'm coming up blank. It's been my experience that even if there's a small problem, the teachers correct the problem on the spot. I guess what I'm saying is I am not really witnessing these racial inequalities in our local schools, and I'm not going to introduce a system that will introduce the problem that we're trying to stop. I think our students and faculty do a great job of taking care of each other, supporting each other, and treating each other with respect. Now if some of these issues started to appear and were allowed a starting foothold in our schools, I would probably want to see some remedial training, correcting teachers and students, so they treat each other with the respect we all deserve as human beings. In the meantime, how many more of these programs are we going to interject into our school systems, disrupting the basic education system. I am not happy with how our schools rate in regards to basic educational topics. We are suppose to be teaching English, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, etc. to give our kids the tools they need to interact with the world ahead of them. SEL as it is being portrayed and CRT, are quite frankly, taking away the resources we need to be teaching our children other correct principles and introducing problematic ideas into our student body.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
For the most part, I do not believe sex education should be a part of the curriculum. I don't believe that sex education curriculums, involving sexual orientation and gender identity, has any place in a school district. That quite frankly, should be between kids and their parents, who know them best. Parent's should always be notified and required to consent to any sexual education curriculum.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
To me this is a safety issue much more than a gender identity issue. We can all name a boy or two in our own histories that would identify as a girl just to be able to get into the girls bathroom for a chance at a peak. This recommendation eliminates that required safe place for all our girls. Furthermore and sorry to be crude about this, but boys have a penis and girls have a vagina. The penis belongs in the boys room and the vagina belongs in the girls room. In my opinion, anything other than that is not being true to our children and facilitating viewpoints that have and will always cause more harm than good.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I absolutely do not support mask mandates, I believe there's enough information to prove them ineffective at best. I also do not believe we have seen the true effects these masks have had on our children, whether you're talking the social aspects or the long term medical implications. I fully believe our entire medical industry has failed us when it comes to COVID. There has been no comprehensive, real world, practical methodology as to dealing with COVID. There's been no attempt to help people understand how their immune systems will respond to this and what they can do to stop COVID. All we've been told is 'social distance,' 'wear a mask,' and 'get the vaccine.' We all know that COVID-19 has turned into another political stick to beat people with. Our current responses are not appropriate. As far as mitigation strategies, I believe in the tried and true. Among other things, get decent rest, get good nutrition and exercise. It's important that people wash their hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when soap and water isn't available, and to stay home when one is sick. Those are responsible things to do. We have heard these things our entire lives and they work. I do know there are other technologies available, that will help mitigate the spread in confined spaces, that are worth looking into. Add to all this that I am a firm believer in our Constitution and Bill of Rights and other laws that guarantee our individual freedoms. There is no time when it is appropriate for me or anyone else to mandate what another person is to put into or on their bodies. That is their right and decision, period.

Heather D. Chandler

Heather D. Chandler

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Heather D. Chandler

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Emmett Independent District
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
It is to learn the fundamentals of life to be able to live in society. I believe that it is not just about "school work" education. It is about real life preparation to qualify people for work and to integrate people into society.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
Overall, our disctict needs more support. From the parents, teachers and the community. We need to stand behind the teacher and lift them up. Give them the resources and knowlege to lead our youth in uncertain times. Simple strategies that I promote are: Provide Choice and Relevant Assignments, Make sure you are differentiating for all students, and start building strong relationships.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
I believe Critical Race Theory is just another way for the media and government to keep us divided. I do not believe it should be taught in the classrooms as it will cause additional division and harbor ill intenttions.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
SEL helps students comprehend their emotions. I think SEL is something that will evolve and lead to CRT. I do not think this should be taught in school as I believe it takes away from education. I do however believe that there should be resources available in a couselors office or teachers, students and parents on how to help with SEL at home.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
I believe teacher should attend every training they can. While I don't believe in the SEL roadmap, I believe that teachers need to fully understand what is ahead and make informed decisions.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
No I do not think that sex ed should be required. I do feel that resources need to be made available to parents who may not know how to talk to their children. And yes, parents should provide consent.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
This becomes a safety issue for all students. If someone identifies as Transgender, it is not safe to allow them to use a public restroom.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I do not support wearing masks in school. I believe every student, teacher and parent has a choice and they should exercise that choice. I do support and encourage additional hand washing and staying home if sick.

Mary Fioravanti

Mary Fioravanti

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Mary Fioravanti

District:
Boundary County School District
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Zone 2
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What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of education is to create self-sufficient, critical thinkers. Education should inspire leaders, encourage individuals to stand for justice, and offer a proper foundation of morals to restore and maintain a Constitutional Republic.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I would promote excellence by introducing debate classes where students will learn the art of communication, preparation, and use critical thinking. Now speaking generally aside from debate classes, students should be graded with less weight on whether they gave the right answer on an assignment/exam and evaluated heavier on whether they can use logic and reason to win a case or to solve a problem in an adaptive scenario that is given to them verbally by the teacher. I would also like students to start their own websites while in high school and use those websites as assignment submission tools in subjects such as history or English. The point of this is for students to gain new skills and experience in the growing digital world. Starting and maintaining a website will remove intimidation of entrepreneurship and creative thinking will be encouraged!
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
Critical Race Theory is propaganda portraying the white race as dishonorable while other races were suppressed. The outcome of this teaching is that white races are taken advantage of today by entitled minorities to make up for our ancestors’ behaviors. This curated subject further divides humanity with hatred instead of bringing us together. Teaching history is completely different because history is fact, not theory. History covers events, not speculation.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
I would not encourage using SEL models in my school district. Individuals must use logic instead of relying on emotions when assessing factual events. Those who use emotion, no longer believe in facts or science. One essentially suspends their disbelief and ability to process hard data. Suddenly facts become “hate speech.”
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
I would respond to the Idaho State Board by not only rejecting that proposition but advocating for curriculum focused on understanding the Constitution and what it means for “all men to be created equal” and each individual’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Teachers should not be required to waste their time being indoctrinated with social injustice and bias trainings. A better use of time would be training the teacher how to communicate to students with different learning styles such as kinesthetic, auditory, or visual.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
The role of education is to create self-sufficient, critical thinkers. Sex education has no place in that. While I strongly oppose sex education, it must be said it is absolutely necessary for parents and guardians to provide consent to the school before their children are taught this curriculum. What students SHOULD be taught is what good parenting is or how to live harmoniously with others or with your future spouse. Parenting is the most paramount job in the entire world, and yet, these younger generations have not been taught the meaning of good parenting, principled love, and selflessness.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
Regarding transgender bathrooms, the school district would simply refer to amendment 9 in the Constitution and state that it is a violation of privacy to non-transgender students.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I do not support mask mandates. Mask mandates deprive the student of both life, liberty, and property (property being the person) secured to us in the 5th amendment, as well as all other rights unmentioned that are still secured to us in the 9th amendment. In most cases, policies developed around mitigating Covid are completely tyrannical and have no merit to them. I would look at the policy and assess how well it protects individual freedoms and if it aligns with the Constitution.
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