Where Does Robin S. Rowe Stand on the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Green Party Education Platforms?
In California, local elections are non-partisan by law. Candidates are directed by the California Constitution to not campaign along party lines. The political party of local candidates does not appear on the ballot.
In education, there’s much the parties agree or would agree if specific concerns were addressed. Where does Robin S. Rowe stand on education on the party platform issues?
Republicans would reduce K-12 public school funding.
A reason to reduce K-12 funding is taxpayers aren’t getting good value for money. Stopping waste will increase value for money. The Beverly Hills School Board wastes tens of millions, is being sued for diverting $16 million from education into political projects and trying to hide it. Let’s stop School Board budget waste. Get good value from our education dollars.
Republicans would eliminate tenure.
Without tenure, teachers have no security and are at the mercy of often petty or personal whims of administrators. However, tenure is a seniority system, a form of ageism that gives unfair preference to older teachers. Students deserve greater choice. Tenure is often used to retain detested teachers. Keep tenure, yet don’t lose popular younger teachers due to it. Layoff tenured teachers who have no willing students.
Republicans favor for-profit schools over free public schools, want taxpayer money to fund for-profit charter schools though vouchers.
The thinking is, since taxpayers aren’t getting good value for money from public schools, why not give the money to corporations? However, corporations get mismanaged, too. Let’s fix our public schools. While supporting greater choice generally, let’s be careful where any voucher funds go. We don’t want to have taxpayers funding extremist religious schools that are indoctrinating, not educating.
Republicans want to have state schools teach the Bible.
The U.S. Constitution, 1st Amendment and 14th Amendment separate Church and State. Many of our country’s founders came to America to escape persecution from state religions. However, the rules against teaching religion are actually against promoting state religion, not forcing one religion.
In Beverly Hills, we celebrate many faiths. Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran, Christian Science and other Christian faiths. We have more Jewish synagogues than almost any other community in America. More religions such Ba’hai.
To promote tolerance and understanding, our schools should offer religious education that includes all our local religious leaders. Teaching religion from a standpoint of tolerance can do more to draw us together as a spiritual community than the Beverly Hills City Council passing more virtue-signaling antisemitism laws that no one will ever read.
Democrats and Greens favor free public schools, want to offer every child access to a high-quality education from preschool through high school and beyond. Democrats and Greens oppose scho0l privatization.
Republicans would agree with Democrats and Greens to back public schools more if run competently, gave good value. A frustration is that public schools keep asking for more money, getting it, and yet still are in decline.
On the November ballot, Prop 15, if it passes, will tax California businesses an additional $9 billion to go toward school buildings. Note that the money is for the construction industry, not teachers.
Many so-called education bonds are a trick to support wealthy real estate developers building school buildings. However, our “education” money isn’t getting spent on school buildings either.
In Beverly Hills, $16 million raised by referendum and earmarked for school construction was instead spent by the School Board on politicking and lobbyist projects unrelated to education. That happened after a 3-2 vote, where the two dissenting votes were from board members who said they thought it may be illegal.
The Beverly Hills School Board is currently being sued for diverting $16 million and trying to hide it.
Libertarians oppose public education.
Public reaction to the 2019 education pay-to-play scandal makes it clear few citizens, including Libertarians, feel comfortable with an education system that is based on serving the highest bidder, that’s open to bribery and elitism.
Republicans, Democrats and Greens oppose standardized testing.
Using standardized tests to set school budgets results in gaming the system to create high scores that don’t measure useful proficiency. Penalizes schools for Special Ed. “Teaching to the test” is ineffective and so stressful it triggers student suicides.
Professor Rowe’s Education Platform
- Outdoor Learning, move classes outside where natural ventilation can help protect against COVID-19 transmission
- Game Violence Addiction, seeking solutions to avoid future school shootings
- Overcoming Dyslexia, charting a course to exceed IEP and prepare for college
- AI Collaborative Learning, students and teachers using AI to enhance learning
- Strive for excellence, improve the academic ranking of our schools, rise from being #58 locally to being the best in the world
- Teachers deserve a $4,000 per year across-the-board local cost-of-living increase, to raise teacher pay to $74,000
- No increase in K-12 budget until tens of millions of dollars in School Board wasteful spending stops
- Reverse declining enrollment, that is, stop teacher layoffs
- Grant teachers more autonomy for innovation in teaching techniques
- Improve distance learning
- Protect the health of teachers and students by fixing long broken and inadequate school building ventilation systems that can spread COVID
- Put teachers and students first, use health science, not politics, to define strategy to re-open schools
- End tens of millions of dollars in school budget waste, to instead put funds toward teachers and educating students, not into politicking and the School Board’s pet projects unrelated to education
- Curriculum improvements: offer AI, healthtech, Venture Capital finance, International Relations and religion and politics
- Team and character-building: offer a variety of class sizes so students gain experience working in small and large groups, teach responsibility and caring through foster care of animals (2 months) in collaboration with local animal shelters