April 12, 2021
|DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas — On May 1, DFW area voters will determine who will be setting property tax rates and making local school district policy that impacts their children and grandchildren – and iVoterGuideis providing candidate background data to ensure that these voters can make educated decisions about who should serve on their local school board. |
Proof of why these elections are crucial can be found in a recent Townhall.com opinion article, Your School Matters, written by Debbie Wuthnow, president of iVoterGuide. “Similar to a company which employs a board of directors to oversee its operations, every school district has an elected board of trustees that sets policy for the schools under its jurisdiction,” states Wuthnow. “Their oversight extends to hiring and firing the school superintendent, spending tax money, and what children will and will not be taught. Many of the problems that threaten our nation today can be traced to years of misplaced priorities in our public schools.
“A recent study by the American Enterprise Institute stated that one of the biggest factors in the growing departure of Americans from religion appears to be government spending on education and its control over curriculum taught from a secular and scholar-deficient perspective. In short, the secularization of our culture can largely be traced to the content taught in our public schools, paid for by our tax dollars.”
Recognizing the importance of providing voters with school board election information, iVoterGuide initiated a first time ever school board election test program, gathering as much data as possible regarding the candidates in the DFW area Board of Trustees elections. Although the information was often difficult to find – because some candidates preferred to not reveal their worldview on issues – iVoterGuide has drilled down to provide research previously unavailable and evaluated a substantial number of candidates for DFW area school board seats.
“School board candidates rarely receive the deserved scrutiny given the responsibility associated with that office, typically having a low voter turnout – with the bulk of the voters usually comprising school district employees or parents of current students,” stated Wuthnow. “However, iVoterGuide evaluated 56 Board of Trustee candidates, in 19 contested races, across nine school districts within the DFW metroplex. “We’ve conducted extensive research on these candidates, including donation records and issues surveys. Residents in the DFW Metroplex who visit www.ivoterguide.com will have the fruit of our research labor at their fingertips and have the opportunity to make educated decisions.”
iVoterGuide conducted candidate evaluations, and revealed the following findings: A number of candidates, including career educators, running for DFW area school board positions are either incapable or unwilling to answer the basic question, “What is the function of the local school board?”Several candidates strongly agree with relinquishing local control of curriculum standards to the federal government. A number of candidates believe in teaching the debunked 1619 Project, which emphasizes the foundation of American history is slavery and racism.Several candidates strongly agree with allowing students to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms, and to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological gender.Some candidates strongly agree that school districts should be able to use taxpayer money to pay lobbyists at the state legislature.
iVoterGuide is a one-stop resource for candidate ratings and election information. In 2020, iVoterGuide’s expert researchers gave an in-depth analysis —and overall rating— from a Christian and conservative perspective for 8000+ candidates in more than 3,300 races nationwide. Additionally, iVoterGuide offers election dates, registration deadlines, polling locations, and other information needed to help Americans vote wisely and identify candidates on the ballot who share their values. Related tools are also available to inform family, neighbors, and business associates about getting their own personalized ballots. iVoterGuide is helping to restore the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and traditional American values. iVoterGuide created Pray for Leaders, an easy way for voters to pray by name for the officials that they personally have the authority to elect.
To interview a representative from iVoterGuide, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.