We believe School Boards should be nonpartisan so we will endorse both Republicans and Democrats who have agreed to put aside political differences and work together on behalf of our children and taxpayers. In this hyper-partisan and divisive political climate, we want a School Board that will commit to collaboration and fairness.
Our organization firmly supports in-person learning. Simple safety measures such as social distancing, universal masking, quarantining and contact tracing kept our children and teachers safe in the classroom during the 2020-2021 school year. Our organization believes that decisions about health and safety issues should be made by local health experts.
The decision about which childhood vaccinations are mandatory for school aged children is not made by local school boards. The PA Dept of Education and PA Dept of Health establish vaccination requirements for school children.
Critical Race Theory, or CRT, is a framework for examining the effects of race and racism in society. It was originally a legal theory that was only taught in law schools but is sometimes taught in higher-level graduate studies. CRT is not taught in Souderton Area schools, nor would we recommend it be included in any K-12 curriculum in the future. Per the Pennsylvania School Board Association, "Local school boards are responsible for choosing and adopting educational curriculum aligned with academic standards that are established and mandated by the State Board of Education."
We believe issues regarding curriculum and instructional methods should be determined through a collaborative approach with education professionals, school administrators, and other community stakeholders, with a focus on educational outcomes. Local school boards are responsible for choosing and adopting educational curriculum aligned with academic standards established by the State Board of Education. Our expectation is that curriculum, instructional materials, textbooks and supplementary materials are research-based and data-driven. The administration should facilitate a process to engage key stakeholders in a process to evaluate and recommend curriculum and other instructional materials to the Board for approval. Souderton Area School District employs a Curriculum Director as a member of the District’s administrative team, who should lead this process.
We do not believe education should be used as a tool for partisan or political indoctrination, and as such, believe all instruction should be unbiased, based on vigorous academic research, and focused on meeting developmentally appropriate benchmarks for educational achievement as established by the State Board of Education.
All discipline in the school system should be focused on establishing a safe and positive learning environment for all students.