All three candidates running in the Nov. 7, 2023, general election for Douglas County School District Board of Directors District C — Incumbent Jason Page (nonpartisan), David DiCarlo (nonpartisan), and Brad Geiger (nonpartisan) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Here are the candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“I am passionate about school safety, the role of technology in education, and curriculum standards. Our students need to feel safe and welcomed in our schools. We need an armed response in every one of our schools and continued investment in ‘hardening the target’ from a physical standpoint to ensure students can focus on learning. While technology has made our lives easier in many respects, I believe the overuse of technology has been a detriment to our students and their ability to think critically, solve problems through collaboration and trial and error, and to concentrate for more than 30 seconds on something other than a screen. And thirdly, our charter schools and many of our local private schools continually outperform our neighborhood schools in terms of academic success. The key differentiator here outside of parent engagement, which is also very important, is the ability for the charter and private schools to have more autonomy in terms of curriculum. I would like to see more research and partnering between charter and neighborhood schools to determine how we can duplicate the success of our charter schools within our neighborhood schools as well.”
“I’m passionate about education policy. Institutions of learning exist only to educate the student and prepare the student for life. We must do a better job with the basics and get back to teaching kids how to think as opposed to what to think. The framework for a successful life includes gathering and measuring evidence empirically, not a comparing of data against some pop-culture driven set of rules
I am also deeply passionate about economic policy. I feel it is the job of government to assess the situation of those it serves and modify its position in times of economic downturn. The family comes first, the individual comes first. Government’s fiscal health should not be the concern of the people, but the people’s economic condition should be the concern of the government, always. This means government must belay, alter or cancel plans to fit the economic conditions of those it exists to serve.”
“Adequate and consistent, School funding, safe schools, curriculum free of national political agendas.”
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