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A diverse group of children. [1]

Critical Race Theory

The short answer is this:
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a graduate level law-school concept that has no place in K-12 education.

Unfortunately, CRT has become a catch-all in some circles for any discussion or race or race relations. Because of the ambiguous use of the term, it's important that we work to be specific about specific curriculum and issues we'd like to address. When I talk to liberals and conservatives about CRT, I found a shocking level of agreement. Nearly everyone I talked to wants to ensure that we teach race accurate and comprehensively. We must not allow fear-mongering around CRT to become the basis for censorship of rational and accurate education about current and historical race relations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are not related to CRT. However, people who oppose diversity, equity, and inclusion are falsely claiming it is secretly CRT. If you are concerned about CRT being snuck into discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), I urge you to get involved with these efforts so you can see how the issues are approached. It is important that we teach our children to understand and respect each other. Together, we can teach respect to our children in a way that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

[1] Image Credit: Christopher Futcher. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

Mask Policy

Children learn best when they're in school. And they cannot be in school when they are sick or quarantined. We learned in 2020 that remote learning is both costly and ineffective. In order to keep our schools open, we must establish policies that are fact-based and consistent with the policies our community and nation's medical experts established. The data and experts all agree that mask wearing is an effective measure against the spread of COVID.

The current 2021 masking policy is in response to our inability to keep schools open with optional masks. Within two weeks of the start of school with an optional masks policy, 1/3 of the students at Ferguson Hall were either sick or quarantined. Some of the classes had only three students in attendance!

Graph showing a red line of 0-19 year old infections as a fraction of the total COVID infection rate. It rises sharply when school began with optional masking for 7-12th grade, then falls when masks are required.
We tried running our schools without a mask policy. The results were unmistakable and consistent with public health guidance. We cannot keep schools open with optional masking. COVID infection in our kids rose sharply when school began with optional masking for 7-12th grade, then fell when masks were required.
Statue of Liberty, seen from the ground.
Liberty is an American value. It has never included a right to endanger others.

Medical Freedom

I support medical freedom. Government should not interfere with American's personal medical choices. Of course public health is also important. For hundreds of years, America has balanced personal liberties and public health. At this time, asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 poses a significant threat to public health and mask wearing is proven to dramatically reduce that threat. As of October 3, 2021, mask policies are consistent with American law and prudent given our current state of COVID spread.

I want to be done with masks. One way I've helped Beavercreek make progress to an end of mask policies is by getting myself and my children vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They reduce the spread of COVID and they reduce the chances that a person has severe illness if they contract COVID. With hundreds of millions of doses delivered, almost zero adverse reactions, and an exceptionally low rate of hospitalization among vaccinated individuals, the evidence is clear.

Help Beavercreek return to normal by getting your family fully vaccinated. Accurate information can be found here: Vaccines for COVID-19 | CDC