I rarely talk about my opponent in my campaign because my focus is on communicating who I am and why I want to be your next Assemblyman from District 26. That said, my opponent has been making it a habit of mis-stating my positions on issues and/or outright lying to people about where I stand on issues. For example, last weekend I was walking door-to-door and I was informed that my opponent was telling people that I am an advocate for Federal Common Core Standards. This misrepresentation of my position is completely fabricated and untrue.
Let’s make a deal: if you want to know what my position is on a particular issue, please ask me directly and not my opponent. If my opponent takes the liberty of trying to speak for me, please do not believe what she says. Call me on my cell phone or write me an e-mail and I will provide you answers to your questions regarding the issue you are concerned about.
Several weeks ago, I answered the question of whether I support common core at a candidate forum. As I promised the voter I met at the door, I am answering the question in this blog post for her benefit and for the benefit of her friends who have been told the same lie.
To begin with, I support establishing state and local standards. However, I do not support Federal Common Core Standards and related curriculum for three reason:
- The Common Core Standards do not guarantee that our youth will be more competitive when they enter institutions of higher education and the work force.
- Common Core Standards stifle education innovation in States and communities and put teachers in a position of “teaching to the test.”
- States should not adopt standards that over emphasize performance on standardized tests.
I believe our State should establish standards for education based on two important questions related to local workforce development:
- Are our high school graduates competitive when compared to their peers from other State’s in Colleges and Universities?
- Are our high school graduates competent and qualified to fill jobs offered within the State economy?
To continue to improve outcomes in education, I believe we need policies that force schools to compete and that empower children to succeed.
The Education Reforms from last legislative session were a great start to transforming our education system statewide, including:
- Victory Schools (SB 432)
- SAGE Commission (AB 421)
- CCSD Reorganization (AB 394)
- Teacher Licensure Changes
- Great Teaching and Leading Fund (SB 474)
- Washoe County School Construction Tax Committee (SB 411)
- Education Savings Accounts (SB 302)
- Full-Day Kindergarten
- Opportunity Scholarships (AB 165)
- Data Privacy (SB 463, AB 221)
- ITeacher Evaluation (AB 447)
- Zoom Schools (SB 405) in the Clark County School District and Washoe County School District
- Multicultural Education (AB 234)
- New Teacher Bonuses (SB 511)
- School Construction (SB 119, SB 207)
- Alternate School Framework (SB 460)
- Charter Reforms (SB 509)
- Non-Citizen Teachers (AB 27)
- School Performance Plans (AB 30)
- Charter School Police Officers (AB 321)
- Expanded Charter School Bonding (AB 351)
- Charter Harbormaster (SB 491)
- Teacher Performance Pay (AB 483)
- New Nevada Plan (SB 508)
- Turnaround and Vergara Reforms (SB 92)
- Teacher Supply Reimbursement (SB 133)
- Peer Assistance and Review (SB 332)
However, more work must be done to further promote choice and competition. Additionally, we have to work ensure accountability and transparency in our schools and school districts. Finally, we must make sure that our schools are contributors to producing a competent and qualified workforce for our growing economy.