Daily Bread for 3.22.23: The Whitewater School Board Election (1)

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will see scattered showers with a high of 50. Sunrise is 6:53 AM and sunset 7:09 PM for 12h 16m 49s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 0.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1765, Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.

On March 11th, at the Whitewater City Hall, six candidates running for three seats on the Whitewater Unified School Board participated in a candidates’ forum. The Whitewater Area League of Women Voters sponsored the 90-minute event. Embedded immediately below is a video recording of the forum.

I’ve added the six questions that each candidate was asked, along with the timestamp at which that portion of the discussion begins. 

Consideration of this election, in this school district, with these candidates, begins with a record of their remarks as they presented them. 

Opening Statements, 7:50.

Question 1, 19:31: Are you committed to a yearly survey of families, students, graduates, community residents, faculty and staff about what they see as major strengths or shortcomings of the district and its schools. And are you committed to publicly sharing the results?

Question 2, 30:17: How do you plan to address low ACT scores, and below proficient scores in math and reading?

Question 3, 42:17: Would you support a dual language program in schools? And does our district and community have the resources to put in dual language learning?

Question 4, 54:46: Minority and LGBT students exist in this community and deserve respect and to not feel ostracized. Can you commit to supporting all Whitewater students and making sure they have a voice? And then how would you work to make sure all students are accepted and supported?

Question 5, 1:05:45: What is CRT to you? How does it differ from teaching the real and sometimes harsh truth of American history? And what is your opinion of having CRT, woke, and D E I in the Whitewater United Unified School District schools (DEI standing for diversity, equity and inclusion)?

Question 6, 1:16:22: As a member of the school board, will you support a future referendum to exceed revenue limits? If so, where would you direct this additional funding? And what will you do to address the rural community’s discontent with board spending habits and stop the 30 plus years of continuous referendums?

Closing Statements, 1:26:26.

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