1. What knowledge and skills do you think kids need to succeed in the 21st century? What can you do as a legislator to make sure local schools deliver these outcomes?
They need to be able to read, problem solve, do fractions and percentages, write coherently, communicate and be likeable. To be likeable they should not criticize, complain and condemn and they must smile, compliment and listen. Everyone needs to learn how to sell and view selling as a very desirable skill and laudable occupation. We start selling ourselves from the get go.
2. What can the state legislature do to ensure districts can attract and retain good teachers, meet accreditation standards and federal mandates, and prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century?
Set standards and provide money. The key to money is a growing economy. I strongly support bills that encourage private enterprise and responsible economic development.
3. What priority will you place as a legislator on providing appropriate educational programs for students with disability and other special populations such as gifted students, at-risk students and students in poverty?
I will look favorably on all bills that will improve results to all groups. I am particularly concerned with those with disabilities and at risk.
4. Given the risk of school shootings and other violent acts committed on school properties, what can and should our elected officials do to ensure the safety of the students and teachers in our schools?
Schools need to be hardened. Limited access and locked doors. Look to Israel.
5. What is your position on school choice and vouchers or tax credits for private and parochial schools in Montana?
There needs to be choice. While I strongly support public education, it sometimes fails individual students. Since parents sending their kids to private schools are paying for public schools, I think they should get a limited credit or deduction.
6. How should the state contribute to much-needed funding for aging school facilities, infrastructure, and outdated technology needs in our schools?
I don’t know. Will support a reasonable proposal.
7. Currently the school district takes advantage of funding provided by non-school district sources to provide food programs for hungry students and affordable and convenient access to health care. Do you support such programs? Why or why not?
I do, but they need to be monitored so we’re serving food kids eat and we’re not relieving parents of their responsibilities.