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I did not vote in favor of any Equity initiatives, including our board decision on April 12, 2021, to adopt the use of the following terms as part of school policy: Racism, Anti-racism, Institutional Racism, Intersectionality, Equity, Diversity, Micro-aggressions, Macro-aggression. These terms are fundamental to promoting the ideals embraced by Critical Race Theory (The oppressed and the oppressor). I believe in equal opportunity. Equity as presented in public education today only creates more racial division and tension among teachers and students.
I believe all students deserve a quality education regardless of the school district they live in. In essence, I believe taxpayer dollars should follow the student. Vouchers make it possible for parents, who would not otherwise be able to afford it, to take advantage of the best education option for their child. I did vote to support education vouchers for the state of Indiana. I believe the voucher program embodies the true meaning of Equity.
I am so thankful that our students are no longer required to wear masks. I did not vote in favor of mandatory masking.
I fully support teacher and administrative pay increases; in fact, for three of the last four years I have voted in favor of the increases proposed to the Board. I have NEVER voted against teacher salary increases. I did abstain from the vote in 2021, for the following reasons:
1. As a Board member I was looking for the performance metrics used to determine the increases.
2. Due to a family emergency, I was not present to participate in the executive discussion on specific salary increases.
I will continue to support teacher salary increases that are in line with our budget and corporation objectives. After serving on the BEF board for the last 3 1/2 years, alongside some of our best teachers, I have become keenly aware of the extra things our teachers do, to educate our students and enhance their classrooms, often at their own expense. I appreciate those teachers for what they do.
Brownsburg was one of the few schools across the nation that started school on time in 2020 during COVID and kept our students in school the entire year. 90% of our students took advantage of the in-school option and roughly 10% chose to do at home learning. I was very happy to support this valiant effort on the part of our administration, teachers, parents, support staff and the entire school corporation.
Robust dialogue that embraces diversity of thought should always be welcomed in discussions around education and in the classroom.
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