THE ISSUES THAT MATTER
To Orange County Parents
I believe parents have the right to know what their children are being taught and to be a part of the decision-making process on the content and curriculum children learn. In short, parents are the primary decision makers in their child’s education. Parents should never be mandated to do anything that goes against their own values and they should have a right to speak publicly against these mandates.
"Allowing for choice drives competition. Competition drives high quality which then improves schools in general "
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
I believe in teaching students to be critical thinkers and not teach them Critical Race Theory. They must have an accurate teaching of all subject matters. Children should be taught to treat one another with respect regardless of background, culture, language or beliefs. They should be taught HOW to think and not WHAT to think.
For example, Critical Race Theory has snuck its ways into many classrooms and further divides our students in a post-pandemic era where students were hit the hardest. Unity matters. Respect matters. But Critical Race Theory is not the way to get there. We must protect our children from this indoctrination.
"Parents have the right to know what their children are being taught "
I believe that parents have the right to choose the best educational setting for their children, have the ability to choose which schools their children attend (i.e. charter schools, private schools, home schools), and be allowed to use public funding to do so. All children have a right to a free and appropriate education.
Parents must have a choice in what this looks like. When they do, it fosters competition which improves the quality of all schools. In summary, school choice means parents should have the options and freedom to choose what kind of school their child attends.
A UNIFIED & TOLERANT STUDENT BODY
I have a specific passion for multi-language learners, students with disabilities, and students who need to be challenged. Many students learn best when the content is differentiated for their learning needs. I want to prioritize the education of ALL students and a build upon a culture that supports the different schooling preferences.
"When decisions are made closer to those they affect, parents and school leaders can better align"
A HEALTHY CULTURE & POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
I believe in maintaining collaborative and positive relationships with all stakeholders such as the school board, school leaders, families, and students. This can be done through a focus on transformational leadership, through emotional intelligent leadership and through empathy for one another. As a result our communities will grow together as we celebrate student growth and successes.
A DUTY TO IMPROVE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM
Our school systems can be improved in several ways. First, schools should teach our children classical education which is an approach that helps our children to think critically, to form arguments, to debate, to be active citizens and to build character.
Second, school policies and programs should be controlled at a local level. When decisions are made closer to those they affect, parents and school leaders can better align. Parents should have a right and a voice in these types of decisions.
Third, parents should have school choice. With public funds, parents should be able to send their children to any setting including charter schools, private schools, home schools or public schools. Allowing for choice drives competition. Competition drives high quality which then improves schools in general.
Finally, education should prepare our children to compete for 21st century jobs. Emphasis in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) competencies will build interest, increase skills, and foster a life long love of learning in these content areas. As a result, our students will go to, through and beyond college.