Paula Bussard | The Sentinel
Sep 30, 2023
Focusing on strong academics, smart budgets, good teachers and engaging parents in their children’s education is how every student will have the best chance to succeed.
As Citizens for Carlisle Schools, Bruce Clash, Joe Shane, George Stroud, Jon Tarrant and I are running to make sure our school board focuses on students’ educational needs and enables parents to make decisions for their own children.
We believe parental rights, involvement and responsibility are the cornerstones of every child’s education. Parents are the most important role models for their child’s behavior, character and personal development. We believe in these principles so much we made respecting parents one of the fundamental tenets of our campaign—along with putting students’ educational needs first, respecting teachers, responsible stewardship of district finances and uniting our community to provide the best education possible for our children.
As parents ourselves, we believe every parent has a right to know what’s being taught in our schools, and to decide if their child should read a particular book or participate in a particular program. That’s why we support making curriculum materials available for parent review along with appropriate “opt-out” provisions for concerned parents. But no parent should have the right to make those decisions for other people’s children. That’s why we have pledged not to ban books or allow untrained individuals or special interest groups to make curriculum decisions for our school district.
We believe that curriculum and educational materials should be factual and accurate; age and developmentally appropriate; and developed and supported by trusted education professionals. When our opponents claim otherwise, they are intentionally misleading voters. That’s not the Carlisle way.
Focusing on strong academics, smart budgets, good teachers and engaging parents in their children’s education is how every student will have the best chance to succeed. On Nov. 7, please vote for Bussard, Clash, Shane, Stroud and Tarrant for school board.
Candidate for Carlisle Area School Board
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