Deer Valley Unified School District
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1. Are you a precinct committeeman? If yes, for how long?
Yes, until redistricting
2. Tell us a bit about yourself. What made you run for school board?
I have been married for over 20 years to my awesome wife, Allison. Allison is a former DVUSD teacher and continues to enjoy teaching our children. Our four children attend school in the district. We have lived in the district since 2001. I am running for Deer Valley Governing Board because I believe every child deserves the best chance to succeed and every parent has the right to decide what is best for their child. Like you, I have watched our country change almost daily. It is now too close to home. I am here to be a participant in the process. President Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Our world is changing daily and our best hope for our country is a generation that knows how great America is, understands its past, and protects the freedoms many people have died defending. Tony is president/CEO of an aerospace manufacturing company. He has advanced degrees from the University of Arizona, (MA), WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (MBA), and the University of Akron (MS). He has been involved in service to others for decades by serving as an executive director in Arizona state government, charter school board president, leukemia and lymphoma society board member, elected National Football League Former Players Board member, UA Black Alumni Association Board County Black Alumni, and small group leader in his church. He played football and baseball at the University of Arizona. He was a consensus first-team all-American, first-team All PAC-10 football player, and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2000. He played in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He coaches little league baseball and flag football in north Phoenix.
3. Do you support sexual education of children in the classroom? At what age do you believe this is appropriate, and do you believe that a parent should have the opportunity to opt out?
In high school with parents who opt in, NOT out. The default should be to out and parents must opt in.
4. Do you support the idea of parents being the sole stakeholders in their children’s lives?
Yes! Parents must be able to be in the classroom and see the curriculum being taught. Parental involvement is key.
5. What is your position on critical race theory, social-emotional learning, LGBTQ inclusion, and equity issues in the classroom? What do you know of Bloom365 and Corwin Press and what are your opinions?
SEL and CRT are one in the same just different flavors. This should not be taught in the classroom.
6. Based on the limitations and powers of a school board member, what’s your platform?
BACK TO BASICS - EDUCATE NOT INDOCTRINATE Teach fact-based history and civics Teach traditional math, science, reading, and writing Teach critical reasoning and problem solving Hire and maintain through clear policies the best teachers available Provide equal opportunity, not equal outcomes Eliminate all teachings and policies that promote discrimination based on race End discrimination based on personal healthcare decisions PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT Allow parents full input into school decisions regarding activities, policies, and curriculum adoption. Allow parents full access to classrooms to volunteer and assist teachers FISCAL TRANSPARENCY Operate with transparency within the budget Discover ways to effectively reduce costs where appropriate ARTS AND ATHLETICS Promote programs that create a fully rounded student/citizen by encouraging participation in arts and athletic programs TEACHER PAY Assess the current pay of teachers to similar districts to determine if additional pay has merit.
7. What do you believe to be the biggest issue impacting K-12 students in Arizona?
The lack of parental involvement has fostered an atmosphere that has disenfranchised parents from the school system. This has led to miscommunication.
8. How do you think the state should support public education? Do you believe in expanding school vouchers?
Competition is good. Public schools should not be afraid but should welcome the challenge. The school system has great teachers that perform a great service to our children and our society. They can compete with charter, private, and home school options.
9. Do you have a plan to fund renovations of schools in your area that are run down?
Funding for major CAPEX are planned as long term events. I will assist in prioritizing this with the board and administration.
10. Do you have a plan to address the shortage of teachers?
Yes. Transparent pay grades, acceptance of teaching certs from other states, enhanced pay for retired professionals to return for long term sub positions.
11. Do you support allowing retired military or police officers, who pass background checks, to work or volunteer in our schools to prevent mass shootings?
12. Please feel free to add any additional information you would like voters to know about your candidacy.
Did not answer.