I do not believe in broad book banning policies. Outside of some extreme examples, books that present diversity in thought and experiences are important. They affirm the existence of those who exist in the margins and broaden the perspective of those in the majority. Diverse literature creates understanding and appreciation. I do also believe in parental rights to determine what their children are exposed to. My response to this is some form of parental control should exist, similar to when we sign off on if we want our information in a school directory. This must not be however a hindrance to teaching, teachers have enough to focus on. It could be something simple like a flag that comes up on a students record when they take books from the library that indicates a certain book is a no go due to parent choice.
The current policy seems reactionary. A parent should be able to request a review and for their child not to have access to said literature. Should the book be removed while under review no. Should schools alert parents that a book is under review so a parent can make choice as to if they want their child to be exposed to it, yes. Should "pervasively vulgar" be specifically defined and clearly outlined, yes. Essentially I believe more thought needs to be put into the current policy.
Our students deserve a world that welcomes and supports their true selves. I do not know the process or thinking that went into blocking the Trevor Project site, however my wondering is how is the district supporting students who identify as LGBTQ especially given the rate of suicide for this group is up to 3x higher than non LGBTQ teens.
Right now we need to be really concerned about our teachers. Current data is showing us that teacher engagement is very low and that people are leaving this profession in droves. The culmination of 2 years of COVID impact has not helped. We can’t have great classrooms and great schools if we have no teachers to teach. We need to ensure fair compensation, recruitment and engagement of teachers is a top priority.
Another thing I would immediately want to look into is our districts financial health. School attendance is the main funder of schools and ADA across the nation has hit historically low numbers. The state has not told schools if they will make them whole financially so just about every school district is running in a deficit. Additionally inflation is outpacing typical cost-of-living increases. I want to know what steps financially our board is taking to keep the district secure at the same time ensuring we can make it financially possible to keep our teachers and maintain quality programming for student excellence.
My why for wanting to be on the Katy ISD Board is quite simply I believe in and have experienced the game changing impact of education and I have loved my Katy experience. My kids are graduates from Katy schools and their educational experience was excellent. Their teachers and coaches really loved and cared for them. We have been very fortunate and I want to be of service and give back.
I do not. I started my teaching career in California. By the time I moved to Texas I was a stay at home mom. When I started to gradually go back to work I was not able to be in a classroom full-time so I did not pursue getting Texas certified. My work in education moved towards education project management and administration so I did not need a certification. However, I have been known to still assist in a class if needed especially when COVID hit. I do have my Masters in Education with a specialization in early childhood.