"Students First" is the highest priority I will place on each decision I make as member of the board. A solid educational foundation will benefit students for life.
The curriculum and materials that are presented to children in school will have an influence on them for life. These must be carefully chosen with this fact in mind. "Back to the basics" is the theme.
I will fully support the Department of Education's Parent's Rights. Every parent has a right to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about their children's education, free from intimidation or harassment. I will foster an environment which encourages parental participation, listen compassionately and act responsively.
Teachers are where the "rubber meets the road" in the education system. Now more than ever teachers need more support, more appreciation, and yes, more money.
Competition drives improvement. There are so many decisions that go into selecting the best school for your children. What's best for one may not be the best for another. These are just two of the reasons why I support school choice.
As a fiscal conservative and former business owner, I understand the necessity of getting the most out of every dollar. I will keep a tight rein on the dollars in the budget to ensure maximum effectiveness of your tax dollars.
Schools should teach students HOW to think, not WHAT to think. I will vigilantly watch over actions of the board to ensure everything is being done to make sure this happens.