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Violeta
Ramos

Osborn Elementary School District

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1. Are you a precinct committeeman? If yes, for how long? 


n/a 


2. Tell us a bit about yourself. What made you run for school board?


I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and am a product of the public school system. I decided to run because as an educator I feel there is a lack of representation of educators on school boards. I also feel there is a low number of Latinos on school boards and know that representation is extremely important. 


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? 


I do support sexual education of children in the classroom. I believe 5th/6th grade is an appropriate year to start and that parents should have the opportunity to opt out. 


4. Do you support the idea of parents being the sole stakeholders in their children’s lives? 


Did not answer. 


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? 


CRT is nonexistent within our schools. Social-emotional learning is extremely important because these are skills we should be learning from a young age. LGBTQ people and topics are important to include in our teaching because if we do not do so, we are purposefully excluding a group of people and not realizing what effect it can have on young people who are still trying to figure out their sexuality. Equity should be taught from a young age so that students know how to navigate the world in an equitable way. 


6. Based on the limitations and powers of a school board member, what’s your platform? 


Teachers. 

a. Fight for competitive salary so that the district can recruit and retain quality teachers. 

b. Support opportunities for relevant professional development opportunities for teachers. 

c. Work with district unions to ensure that their input is being heard and considered to improve the district. 


Students. 

a. Ensure that quality programs like Dual Language, preschool and Montessori stay in place and are available for all students. 

b. Support College Readiness programs as it is never too early to have students explore their options.

c. Include Financial Literacy in core subjects like math so that students are being prepared at an early age to be responsible with their finances. 


Community. 

a. Address outside factors that impact students being prepared to learn: Poverty, Health Care, Mental Health, School to Prison pipeline, Housing, Food Insecurity and all of the social determinants of education. 

b. Collaborate with community agencies to provide programs for parents. 

c. Collaborate with local businesses to provide new opportunities for all families in the district. 


7. What do you believe to be the biggest issue impacting K-12 students in Arizona? 


Lack of funding for the schools. This triggers a domino effect of how the system is failing K-12 students in Arizona. 


8. How do you think the state should support public education? Do you believe in expanding school vouchers? 


The state should continue to fund public education and should fund it in greater levels. The state funds should not be used for the expansion of school vouchers. 


9. Do you have a plan to fund renovations of schools in your area that are run down? 


Did not answer. 


10. Do you have a plan to address the shortage of teachers? 


Did not answer. 


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? 


Did not answer. 


12. Please feel free to add any additional information you would like voters to know about your candidacy. 


I have been given the stamp of approval from Save Our Schools as a supporter of Public schools. I am currently endorsed by current Osborn Board Member Ylenia Aguilar, Planned Parenthood Advocates, and the National Organization for Women.