Mark Belling has posted his written Q&A with the two more conservative-leading candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Deb Kerr and Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams. Belling asks both candidates specifically about their stance on School Choice and whether kids should be back in school.
I thought both candidates’ answers were… disappointing. Part of this may be because I am hypersensitive to weasel words from politicians. Both questions could have been answered with a simple “yes” but both candidates went to great lengths to elaborate on their answers. Then we get qualifiers like they support choice for “high quality” schools and they support kids returning to school “safely.” Then there’s talk about a “recovery plan” and “equitable funding.” In other words, both candidates would not give a simple “yes” and instead throw up a blizzard of qualifiers, conditions, and road blocks to give them plenty of room to back off of any support of School Choice or a full return to in-person instruction.