Randy Dorn is an okay guy. I supported his last election. But I have found him a less-than-I wanted state superintendent. I think he has gotten out there and pushed the Innovation schools program and continued to push more students taking the SAT. However, I'm not impressed with his website which doesn't have much in the way of what he wants to do in the future.
And, I don't like anyone just walking into office. That is what will happen if he gets more than 50% of the vote in the primary.
We need to have a dialog going into the general. That's why I'm asking you to vote for one of the other candidates.
I only interviewed one of them, James Bauckman, and that's because he reached out to me. (The other candidates, for the record, are John Blair who ran twice and lost, Don Hansler who ran for both Governor and this office and lost, and Ron Higgins, a teacher and chemical engineer.)
James is former teacher and school administrator. He has worked at charter schools (and doesn't really like them) and has experience with Montessori. He's running to support teachers and to change the focus on high stakes testing. He wants more local food in our schools. He wants to better serve Special Education students. He wants to support better math and make sure the arts and PE and CTE are part of the school landscape. Most of all, he wants to support teachers with professional development and support parent with ways to support their child's education.
James is a thoughtful and sincere person. I'm not sure he has the management background to be superintendent but I'd like to find out more. I'd like someone to challenge Randy Dorn on what he will be doing in the future.
Learn more about James and let's give him a chance to prove himself against Dorn.