Public Schools

As a K-12 student, I attended public schools. Schools help kids lay the groundwork of what they become and teachers and faculty play a major role in our development as young adults. I would like to see raises for teachers and school faculty along with better benefits/pension programs. Happy teachers make positive and productive teachers who will teach our children well.
I do not support Charter schools taking funding away from public schools. Charter schools don’t have a state curriculum like public schools have. Children have to apply to attend and charters get to decide who gets in. If a child is accepted, the family needs to be able to afford tuition leaving children who aren’t ‘A’ students behind in a school that already lacked funding. All in all, they will be segregation schools that take tax dollars away from public schools and district 133’s current Representative supports them. He doesn’t feel that kids need computers until they’re in High School and that we spend too much on buildings. Having lived in Joplin, Mo for many years and loving the community, I love strong buildings – because of strong buildings, hundreds of people were safe during an F5 tornado that wiped out much of the city.

I don’t support arming teachers with weapons to thwart an active shooter, the police that were on staff at the latest school shooting in Florida should be proof enough that armed people on school grounds does nothing to protect our kids. Brandishing weapons is not part of a teacher’s job and their under appreciated jobs are big enough.

Lastly, I don’t support religious practices in schools unless you as a parent have sought out that religious school.  Christians don’t want their children taught Judaism, Muslims don’t want their children taught Buddhism and Baptists don’t want their children taught Catholicism.  Religion should be left up to families and practiced at home and church, not schools.