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Questions for school board candidates
October 11, 2005
Following are some suggested questions to use to help evaluate your school board candidates. If you have a good candidate to support, please do what you can to help them get elected.


Do you support schools giving primary emphasis to teaching basic skills
(e.g. reading, grammar,spelling, traditional arithmetic)
rather than social activism or psychological matters?
Do you support the use of intensive, systematic phonics to teach children
how to read from kindergarten on and into special ed?
Do you support the goal that children should be able to read
by the end of the first grade?
Do you support teaching abstinence as the norm for unmarried teenagers
and as the only truly effective way to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases?
Do you support teaching that the use of illegal drugs
and the unlawful use of alcohol are "wrong"?
Do you believe the topics of homosexuality and alternative lifestyles
should be excluded from the classroom?
Do you reject classroom instruction that undermines American sovereignty,
limited constitutional government, or private enterprise?
Do you reject programs that promote an over-emphasis
on vocations in elementary school and that encourage or
require students to choose a career path by 8th grade?
Do you support academic programs for middle and high performing students to complement the NCLB focus on low-performing students?
Do you oppose global curricula that promote world citizenship?
(Examples: International Baccalaureate, the GLOBE program,
the Center for Civic Educations curriculum)
Do you support teaching the scientific strengths and weaknesses
of scientific principles such as evolution?

Do you oppose the collection and maintenance of data on student
health, performance, attitudes, behavior, and family, as well as
academics, in computerized databases?
2. Do oppose routine mental health screening for all students?
Do you oppose school-based health clinics, which may perform examinations,
provide immunizations and medications, and dispense birth control
devices and abortion referrals, without parental consent or knowledge?
4. Do oppose social and emotional standards being incorporated into the curricula?
Do you oppose accepting outside grants from wealthy special
interest foundations and from state and federal government
that set the district agenda, such as establishing smaller
learning communities (a form of School-to-Work),
expanding early childhood education, diversity training,
and global citizenship programs?
Do you oppose the targeting of commercials to students in the classroom
through Channel One television?
7. Do you support traditional class scheduling, as opposed to block scheduling?

Do you oppose school districts collecting student data with non-academic
student surveys involving students personal behavior, values,
attitudes, beliefs, or those of their family and friends?
(Examples: Teen Screen, Minnesota Student Survey, Search Institute, etc.)
Do you support requiring parental permission on all non-academic student surveys
that the district may be involved in?
3. Do you oppose the creation of a district universal pre-school system?
4. Do you oppose all-day, every-day kindergarten?  
5. Do you support the right of parents to home school their children?
Do you believe in the fundamental right of parents to direct
the upbringing and education of their children?

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