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Scotty Boman
Candidate for State Board of Education
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Secondary education teaching certificate (1998), and master of arts in teaching (1999) Wayne State University. Detroit, Physics (DE), Mathematics (EX). Master of Arts in Physics (1987), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Bachelor of Science (1985), Western Michigan University, Majors: physics and philosophy. Minor: mathematics.
Physics instructor: Wayne County Community College District. Astronomy instructor: Macomb Community College. Substitute teacher.
I have been an educator, in one form or another, for 19 years. This includes being a teaching assistant at the university level; mathematics, science and substitute teaching at the secondary level; and teaching mathematics and physics at community colleges.
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Elected to the Wayne State University Student Council, 1999-2000; chair of the Libertarian Party ballot access drive, 1993; and former candidate for state Legislature, U.S. Congress, Detroit City Council, and Wayne State University Board of Governors.
Libertarian Party of Michigan
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Q: What makes you the most qualified to hold this position?
A: I have diverse experience as an educator. I am seeking to return power to individuals and communities rather than expand the role of the State Board. A vote for me will send a clear message that voters are not satisfied with the status quo. By running as a Libertarian, I am affirming a principled stance in support of maximizing individual liberty and responsibility in all aspects of life.
Q: How effective has the No Child Left Behind Act been in improving education? Please explain.
A: Not effective enough. Unfortunately, a great deal of the money designated for the tutoring of children in Detroit is not making it to the tutors in a reasonable time. Having been a tutor in such a context, I know this from personal experience. Some districts have paid their vendors on time, while others have not. Some vendors have paid their tutors on time, while others have not. Some children were reached while many others never attended. Tutors who don't get paid are not likely to offer their services next year. As a result many children will still be left behind.
Q: Is there sufficient accountability in Michigan’s charter schools? Please explain.
A: No. Accountability is often misplaced. Frequently, behavior problems are blamed on the teacher when, in fact, the student has learned that everyone but himself or herself will be held accountable for whatever he or she does. A child's right to be in a school should be conditional on their respect for the rights of their classmates. Otherwise, we will raise a generation of young adults who have no respect for the rights of others. Furthermore, charter schools are funded at the state level while being run at the local level.
Q: Should individual school districts be permitted to ask voters for additional property taxes to support local programs? Please explain.
A: It depends on how you view the question. Districts have an obligation to pay attention to the opinions of voters. People, in general, should be able to ask nearly any question. However, taxes are seldom only "asked" for. I can't, in good conscience, condone the forced confiscation of property. That being said, if there are to be taxes, it is better to keep them close to the source than to have them collected by a distant entity such as the state government. Then the people who pay the tax have a little more control over how it's used. Furthermore, payment should be connected to the reception of services, rather than by the draconian collection methods currently in use.
Q: What specific actions are needed to improve education in Michigan?
A: Bring control of education closer to home. Allow residents of school districts to elect their own school boards. Return control of our children's education to communities, families, and individuals. The closer the money stays to those it is intended to help, the more likely it is to reach them. Diversify rather than standardize. Individualize rather than centralize. While everyone has a right to pursue an education, it is a privilege to be educated. In other words, students can't learn unconditionally. Students who disrupt the classroom for those who want to learn have abdicated their right to be there. If children don't learn that their misconduct has consequences, then prisons will be more crowded when these children reach adulthood.

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