2013 School Board Survey
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TEACHING STUDENTS AN ETHIC OF LIFE
A purpose of a
consistent ethic of
life philosophy (see
here) is to defend human dignity. The violations
of humanity there addressed include first the direct attacks against human life
found in abortion and euthanasia. Also addressed are persistent poverty,
unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms,
violence, racism and exploitation. As a
school board member, will you do all within your power and
authority to promote curricula that teach students a consistent
ethic of life?
2. The Washington State Legislature passed
5297 in 2007 requiring school districts to teach scientifically accurate
comprehensive sex education, if
they teach sex ed at all. A
2012 Congressional report promoting the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) model
states that "[Comprehensive Sex Education] has failed to lower rates of teenage
pregnancy because it assumes that preteens and teens are fully capable of making
decisions without adequate guidance. By contrast, a clear understanding of
teenage behavior is why public health campaigns against teenage drinking,
smoking, and reckless driving have been relatively successful. They are not
value neutral when it comes to teenage choices, especially those with public
health ramifications. These programs set realistic and age appropriate
expectations for the teens and then show them how to avoid the risky behaviors."
As a school board member,
will you do all within your power and authority to promote life
respecting sex education curricula?
3. Should school board policy allow the on-site dispensing
of birth control drugs or devices, give abortion counseling, or provide referrals to off-site
abortion clinics? See the
2010 incident that received widespread news coverage
involving a Seattle
area in-school clinic that set up an abortion for a 15-year-old high school
student with neither her parents’ knowledge nor consent.
proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.
What do you believe? Does a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6
mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1 yr ___ 18 yrs?
5. The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated
that "if this suggestion of personhood is established, the
appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life
would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment."
The Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the
difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the
respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are
unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in
the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to
speculate as to the answer." Do
you believe that the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment?
Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion
ever permissible? Check all that apply:
_____ No, it's never permissible
_____ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
for economic hardship
_____ Yes, for physical
_____ Yes, for genetic
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
7. Do you support
parental notification and/or consent before a minor (under 18 years of
age) could have an abortion? A judicial bypass of parents would be allowed
8. Should your district partner in any way with the
nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood,
in the 2011-2012 fiscal year received a record $542.4 million
in government funding and aborted a record 333,964
babies? Planned Parenthood is active in Oregon school districts, where
their representatives have been allowed to regularly address students in
both Portland and
Opposition has been firm and articulate (segment begins at 12:44).
Should Planned Parenthood be allowed to make
presentations to students or provide literature, birth control chemicals or
devises, or abortion services?
9. The Supreme Court in
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris
(2002), held that Ohio's school voucher law did not violate the First
Amendment's establishment clause. It states "the Ohio program is entirely
neutral with respect to religion. It provides benefits directly to a wide
spectrum of individuals, defined only by financial need and residence in a
particular school district. It permits such individuals to exercise genuine
choice among options public and private, secular and religious. The program is
therefore a program of true private choice" and "the program does not offend the
Establishment Clause." In addition, State Rep. Liz Pike of the 18th
District has introduced
HB 2063 this year to allow
scholarship tax credits. HB 2063 would allow lower income
families to send their children to an approved private school of their choice.
Twelve other states currently have similar laws enacted. What is your position regarding the use of school
vouchers, tax credits or other methods of increasing school choice in Washington State?
10. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education
and other qualifications for a school board position.
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have in relation to the office you are seeking:
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