This is the draft policy the school board approved for “first reading” last night. The problems with this policy are significant, in my opinion. I did not vote to move this policy forward.
Here are my issues with this proposed policy:
- To my mind there is no reason to limit this policy to “non-academic” surveys. It should apply to all surveys.
- Only the superintendent makes the call as to whether a survey is “academic” or “non-academic.” Our current superintendent is not in favor of personally intrusive surveys but what if we should get a superintendent who is? The board should be deciding this matter because there are sometimes financial incentives and always political incentives to conduct these surveys. An elected board and not one single individual should be between these pressures and the decision.
- A previous draft of this policy said that no surveys (academic or otherwise) with sexually explicit questions or questions about illegal activity would be given to elementary students. This statement should be retained.