During my two terms on the Ritenour School District, we (not me alone, but the board, the administration, the teachers, the support staff and the community) worked and improved our schools. We hired a new superintendent, passed a bond issue and addressed the physical condition of our buildings. Ritenour is again a district in which we can take pride.
But the public education system is under attack. Missouri is no longer meeting the funding requirements of its own funding law, creating a disproportionate system of educational haves and have nots.
I will oppose any effort that lessens our investment in the education of our children.
Teachers have become targets of opponents of public education; their job security is threatened, and their very status as professionals is under attack. While teacher salaries in our local districts are more fair and competitive, that is not the case statewide. Missouri's average teacher salary ranks 49th in the nation, and that is just not right. Efforts to undermine the current tenure law are but another example of this nonsense. Student grades should be based on performance, not the teacher's fear for their job security.
I respect and admire our professional teachers and the support staff of our schools, and will tirelessly work to give them the resources they need to successfully educate our children in an environment conducive to learning.
Education is perhaps the most significant partnership within our community. Parents, teachers and the full community need to be involved in a cooperative manner. Charter schools can be part of this mix, but must also be held accountable for their programs.
I believe that all schools should be accountable, transparent and
respectful of the rights of students, parents and school employees.