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Heimbuck, Erwin 'Erv'
Running for: East Valley Institute of Technology
Why are you running?
I have a passion for Career Technical Education because I believe that we need well-trained knowledgeable people to work in the automotive, construction, cosmetology, medical, bio science, cyber security, engineering technician, and a variety of other technical fields that do not require a college degree. No longer can we regard Career Technical Education (CTE) as the old vocational school. These trades need highly skilled people and EVIT can provide them. Many students respond better to a combination of hands on training and classroom training that expands on those skills. I believe in training these people so they can obtain certification in their field. Making their training meaningful is paramount in how I strive to allow their teachers and staff to prepare them for the workforce.
Survey Questions (Click to Expand)
- 1.Providing parents the option of choosing phonics instruction for all K-3rd grade students
- 2.Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs
- 3.Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects
- 4.Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in sex education classes or presentations on gender identity
- 5.Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy
- 6.Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students
- 7.Requiring sex education classes for K-12th grade students
- 8.Allocating a certain percentage of the school district’s budget to be spent in the classroom, as opposed to for administration
- 9.Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity
- 10.Presenting competing and alternative theories regarding the origin of life when evolution is taught in science classes
We are a Career Technical high school serving juniors and seniors. But I support teaching phonics. It sure helped me at that age.
This is a very controversial topic and needs to be handled on a case by case basis. We do have an obligation to provide a well rounded balanced education. Students need to be presented both sides of the issue with the pros and cons of each.
Support with questions. Any additional money needs to come with requirements for how it is to be used. Just throwing money at an issue does not accomplish the desired results
Sex education is another controversial area. As parents we can not hide our heads in the sand. Students these days are going to get information from somewhere and I believe it should be from the parents who can infuse the discussion with the responsibilities that go with any decision in this area.
Charter schools if they get any public money need to be held to the same standards and subject to the same evaluation as public schools.
With reservations. Half day kindergarten should not be excluded from this discussion
Not all students are ready for this at the same age.
As long as the science or religion behind the theory is fully revealed. This should be a high school subject for when the student (hopefully) has the maturity to evaluate both sides of the issue.
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