As part of our ongoing effort to assure that you, our readers, have an opportunity to understand the positions on education related topics, from the candidates for the Washington State Superintendent of Schools we offer this report.
The State of Washington (in conjunction with the OSPI) issued new “guidance” that has the force of law to school districts for the 2017 school year. In this document (WA_State_HPE-Standards_2016) [it is 115 pages] on Page 29 they identify the teaching requirement for Kindergarten through 5th grade (other grades on the following pages. Following is a portion of a table from page 29:
Do kindergartners have any sense of sexuality? Are they really doing self-assessments and questioning their gender? Will they have any idea what they are being told? Don’t teachers have more important things to teach? Is this really indoctrination designed to “teach” a behavior bureaucrats have decided is “right”? Were parents consulted or asked what they want? Were local school boards involved in the decision or did they have a chance to weigh in?
With this new “guidance” in hand we asked each of the candidates running for the State Superintendent’s job, what their position is on whether kindergartners should be taught transgenderism. Following is the EXACT response from each candidate who responded. Note that all candidates were given 1 week to reply (if they chose) with the understanding that the closure date was Wednesday June 8th at midnight Pacific time. Any responses received after the deadline will not be published.
Al Runte – (Click the link to the right:) Al_Runte_Transgender_Ed_Opinion
John Patterson Blair – No response
Grazyna Prouty – Definitely we need to hold on some things – research AGENDA 21 – Tom DeWeese for the starters, please. Then: Alexandra Swann: AGENDA 21: Bankrupting America into Utopia One City at a Time – education IS a part of AGENDA 21.
KumRoon (Mr. Mak) Maksirisombat – No response
David Springs – Statement on the New OSPI Sex Education Program
I have been asked for my position on the new OSPI Sex Education program as described in the following article. http://dailycaller.com/2016/
Beyond this, I believe in parental rights and local control of schools. One of the reasons I am running for Superintendent is to eliminate the huge burden of completely needless state regulations imposed on our public schools. There is a place for sex education. But it should be addressed at the local level with participation from and input from local parents and teachers.
Finally, I am deeply disturbed about these divisive debates as they take away focus from what is really harming our kids – namely the fact that we subject them to the lowest funded most over-crowded schools in our nation. What will help our kids is not subjecting them to a State Driven Sex Education Agenda. Rather it would be cutting class sizes from 32 students per class (the highest in the nation) down to 16 students per class (near the lowest in the nation) so that struggling students can finally get the help they need to succeed in school.
I am the only candidate with a REAL plan to double school funding, cut class sizes in half, build hundreds of schools, hire thousands of teachers, provide four years of free higher education and end the toxic SBAC test. I will achieve these goals by going around our gridlocked legislature and directly to our Supreme Court asking them to repeal billions of dollars in illegal tax breaks to wealthy multinational corporations. It is way past time that our State met its Paramount Duty to fully fund our public schools.
I have attached a more lengthy and detailed response to this email message. (Click the link to the right:) Transgender Education – Ron Higgins
Robin Fleming –Restrooms should be accessible to all people, however they identify. It is easy to do this by creating bathroom stalls with walls that go to the floor and to (or near to) the ceiling to ensure privacy. Hand washing facilities can be shared by all.
Chris Reykdal – The standards do not promote cross-dressing and other fabrications of the extreme right. They teach gender identity and self awareness. These are good things not to be vilified.
Erin Jones – (Click the link to the right:) Erin jones response..transgender education
- Draw your own conclusions regarding those who responded vs. those who chose not to
- Share your thoughts on the topic with your local school board