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 Questions for School Board Candidates


  • How long have you lived in this school district?



  • Do you have school-age children? If so, have they ever attended a private school?



  • What positions, if any, have you held in this school district or other districts?



  • Have you done volunteer work with the public schools in this district?



  • What professional, community, &/or religious organizations that are active in education do you belong to?



  • Do you belong to or support the agenda of Citizens for Excellence in Education (a group that wants to revert to Christian control of public schools) or are you a member or supporter of any other education organizations?



  • What endorsements or support from any public or private institutions or groups have you received or requested?



  • How & from whom are you raising your campaign funds? How are you meeting your campaign expenses?



  • How many school board meetings have you attended in the last six months?



  • What qualifies you to be a school board member?



  • Do you have any specific objectives to accomplish if elected? If so, what are your top five?



  • What is your view of the purpose of public education?



  • What is your view of the respective roles of the school board, the superintendent, and teachers in the development and selection of classroom curricula, textbooks, and materials?



  • Do you want to make any changes in the curricula offered in our district? If so, what and why?



  • What is your position on the following curricula: AIDS prevention education, sexuality education, drug abuse prevention education, critical thinking skills, environmental education, multicultural courses?



  • What do you think of programs to build students' self-esteem?



  • What is your position on federal educational programs, such as Goals 2000 and Head Start?



  • Do you believe that books such as Of Mice and Men, Huckleberry Finn, and A Wrinkle in Time should be available in our public school libraries?



  • How would you respond to a parent who wants the district to remove books from a public school library or to limit student access to those books?



  • What are your views on the role of religion in the public schools? How do you feel about -- organized prayer at the beginning of the school day, a moment of silence, prayer at extracurricular school events, teaching religion, teaching creationism?



  • How should public schools respond to the issues of teenage sexuality, student pregnancy, and the need for child care for children of students?



  • Do you support school-based health clinics? Why or why not?



  • How would you develop or generate respect for the cultural and racial diversity within our community?



  • Do you support the use of public tax money through vouchers for private or home schooling or for charter schools?








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