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Candidate Name: Michael Summers
Office Candidate is running for: Redmond School Board position 2
Campaign Website:
School Board and Administration Responsibilities
As a School Board member, indicate how likely you would be to vote for or be in agreement with the following statements. Using the drop-down box, select on a 1-5 scale where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means completely disagree. (Education bills in parenthesis are being considered in the 2021 legislative session on the subject in the question.)
1 Giving hiring preference to applicants that help the school district meet educator workforce diversity requirements. (SB 232) 2 Disagree
  I believe in merit based hiring practices. Oregon should recruit and hire the best teachers available.
2 Open communication between the community and the board by encouraging public comments at board meetings and/or providing a method to submit public testimony online. 5 Strongly Agree
  Board members are the voice of the people. They need to know what the community is saying!
3 Returning the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction from governor appointed position to a statewide elected office. (SB 601, SB 224) 5 Strongly Agree
  Return local control to the school board. Each district has unique challenges, philosophy's, and needs.
4 Class size being an additional factor when teachers unions negotiate teachers pay scale. (HB 2270 & SB 580) 2 Disagree
  like most jobs, a teachers pay should be a result of competence, results, attitude and growth.
5 Requiring school board to receive training on promoting inclusion, eliminating racism, and achieving equitable academic outcomes. (SB 334) 1 Strongly Disagee
  I believe in equality of opportunity, support and acceptance for all students. Equality of outcomes comes at the cost of all.
6 Taxing Oregon corporations, which increases the cost of living, as a way to increase funding for Oregon schools. 2 Disagree
7 School district should be held liable when students are victims of harassment, discrimination or intimidation. (HB 2937) 2 Disagree
  I believe in individual responsibility and due process.
8 One school employee being assigned, trained, and compensated for every 250 students to act as disciplinary mediator. (HB 2504) 4 Agree
School Choice
9 More students being allowed to enroll in non-district virtual public charter schools without school district approval. (HB 2023, HB 2716 SB 518 & SB 657) 4 Agree
10 Expanding the availability of charter schools within the public school system. 5 Strongly Agree
11 Allowing a student to attend any public school in the state. (SB 659, 2021) 4 Agree
12 School board support for including homeschooled students in extracurricular activities such as sporting events, music concerts, school clubs, etc. (SB 223) 5 Strongly Agree
Student Learning-Curriculum/Testing
13 Developing a curriculum that teaches constitutional principles, limited government and maximized individual liberties upon which the U.S. was founded. 5 Strongly Agree
14 Students in grades K-12 receiving at least half of a semester of instruction on civics. (HB 2299, SB 26) 5 Strongly Agree
15 A balanced curriculum that includes equal time studying the various perspectives on topics such as historic events, environmental theories, scientific assumptions and main religions. 4 Agree
16 School districts being required to provide instruction on racist history of this country and state. (SB 683) 1 Strongly Disagree
  I strongly appose SB 683 and do not approve of the distortion of American history for divisive purposes.
17 Excluding political views, sexual orientation, and religious (or anti-religious) topics from the classroom. 4 Agree
18 School board supporting programs that utilize volunteers from local businesses, churches and civic groups that provide mentoring, internships and other real life education. 5 Strongly Agree
19 When English is a second language, promote student integration into regular school programs. 4 Agree
20 Eliminating requirement that instruction in all subjects must be conducted in English, providing communication in a student's primary language. (HB 2056) Decline
21 Permiting a parent to excuse student from taking statewide standardized assessment tests. (SB 678) 4 Agree
22 Allowing schools to implement nationally recognized high school assessments in mathematics, science or English. (HB 2960) 4 Agree
23 Prohibiting commercially developed and scored assessment tests for preschool through second grade. (SB 596) Decline
24 Evaluating the instructional needs of each student as a result of school closure due to COVID-19 and report summary to the Department of Education. (HB 2962) 4 Agree
School Environment and Safety
25 Holding an open discussion with students on why students are dropping out of school. 4 Agree
26 Conducting staff awareness training to identify early signs of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying. 5 Strongly Agree
27 Dress codes that do not overly limit freedom of choice and speech. (HB 2052) 4 Agree
28 A low student-teacher ratio increases success in the classroom. Decline
29 Students of any age being allowed to prevent parental notification when student has been a victim of harassment. (HB 2631) Decline
30 Implementing a statewide education plan specifically for LGBTQ and other gender identity students. (SB 52) 2 Disagree
  We need to come together, not continue to split children into smaller, and smaller groups.
31 Armed security in every school. (SB 238) 5 Strongly Agree
32 Requiring schools to provide students that have been suspended or expelled with assigned classwork and meals the student may have received if not suspended or expelled. (HB 2945) 4 Agree
33 Prohibiting school district board from authorizing or using certain monitoring software related to students' computer usage. (SB 594) Decline