In Missouri on the first Tuesday in April (April 4, 2017), elections are held for local school boards and municipal government. Because this involves thousands of candidates, it is beyond FRONT LINE’s scope to survey all of them and then report their policy preferences. Therefore, it falls upon you, the citizen, to find out who they are, and then contact them about why they are running and what they believe are the important issues to address. To help your conversations with them, here are just a few suggestions. Obviously, there will be more local issues to discuss. Check your local community newspaper to get up to speed.
Be sure to keep thorough notes on your conversation including their name, date and time you talked to them for accuracy, so you can follow up with those elected and help keep them accountable.
1. What are your school’s official policies on student privacy, especially on the data collection that is ongoing through assessments and teacher reporting? Does the policy prevent third party researchers, government officials at all locals and those in the educational community from accessing the personal data unless parental permission is obtained each time?
2. Does your school teach “comprehensive” sex education or abstinence as required by Missouri state law? Does it prescribe and administer treatments and drugs such as Gardasil without parental permission, which assumes that the child is already sexually active? (“Gardasil has been found to cause paralysis, seizures, nausea and even death.”1)
3. Is your school following National Standards such as Common Core or Every Student Succeeds Act/state/federal approved standards or is it creating its own?
4. What kind of assessments or tests are being used? Objective fact-based or subjective, opinion-based? Nationally-tied to Common Core or historic such as the old Iowa Basic?
5. Does your school emphasize reading entire works of classical literature and using them to build character?
6. Does your school teach traditional American and European history including using the Constitution to teach about rule of law? Are the American Founders taught as role models or are they downplayed for being slaveholders?
7. Is the school’s purpose to train for a job or build a morally literate and knowledgeable citizen?
8. What is your priority if you are elected?
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1. Local police are accountable to the local citizens. Are you in favor of the state/federal government dictating policing policies? Why or why not?
2. What is the chief purpose of local government?
3. Do you believe local zoning should reflect a social-justice agenda or should it be used strictly for documented threats to the health and safety of its citizens?
4. Should the United Nations and the U.S. State Department determine if, how and where migrants and refugees should be settled in your community? Should the local community be forced to tax its citizens for the welfare of these refugees in violation of the 1980 Refugee Act?
5. Should your community be allowed to legally commit to international agendas and legal agreements knowing the citizen will have to be the one to comply? How can the local government ensure compliance?
6. Is your accountability to the citizen or to the various inter-governmental agencies and their compacts?
7. Where do you see our community in 10 years and how do will we get there?