Rampart High School KRAM interview.
My name is Michael Riffle. As an invested community member and resident of D20, I decided that I could best serve my community and children by running for D20 board of education office rd. I have three beautiful daughters enrolled in this district, and like all parents, I care deeply for the well-being and education our children need to thrive in today's environment. My work and life experiences exemplify the qualifications required to best represent the most important part of our community, our children.
In my 25 years of military service, I have served my country as a Green Beret, combat veteran and officer. At a local level, I moved to Colorado Springs where I worked at Special Operations Command - North in Current Operations. Here is where I learned Operational and Strategic competencies, which have given me the skills to understand and write policies and procedures.
I love this country and all it has offered me; I am a proud American. I fly the American flag in my front yard and I am grateful for the men, women and their families that sacrifice each day to protect our freedoms. I believe in the concept of hard work and how perseverance and determination create the pathway to success, no matter the circumstances from which we are born into.
I am a faithful Christian and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where I am blessed to be a Primary teacher for the youth of my ward. One of our core beliefs is that service is essential for building a strong community and giving support to our friends, neighbors and those in need. Service is at the center of my faith, and as a candidate for ASD20 School Board, I will emphasize the importance of service- advocating for our children's education as the priority, and not politics.
It is my vision that we can elect a Board of Education that will be the true voice of parents in District 20; I believe that politics should have no place in our children's education. When it comes to our children and their education, our policies should be determined by facts and data, not political party lines. As a parent I find it hard to believe that any social or political agenda has a place in the school district. I believe NO child should feel guilt, shame or out of place based on their race, gender, ethnicity or religion.
After School Learning
COVID-19 and our response to it has done our children a great disservice. Despite our best effort, our students have fallen behind. To counteract the imbalance and disruption our children have suffered, I would like to propose an extra voluntary school hour for kids to remain at school to complete assignments, speak with teachers, and study in a safe space. This additional hour will provide our kids with the opportunity to take advantage of tutoring they might not otherwise have access to, while providing a safe environment to learn.
Mandating masks has taken away the opportunity for parents to make a choice in our own kids' health. I see an opportunity as an elected board member to challenge the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and fight the mask and quarantine policies, so that we may gain our parental rights back and the freedom to choose what is best for our children. Our community needs strength and support in our board members, and if elected, I would be honored to take up this fight.
Kids breathing clean air will never be a confrontational topic. This initiative is simple and would require the state to release COVID-19 funds to our district for the purchase and placement of these units in every school.
I am pro vaccine; I myself am vaccinated. With that said, I DO NOT support a mandatory vaccine program, as I firmly believe that it should be the choice of each parent and their child(ren).
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is being used across the country to integrate a Critical Race Theory (CRT) curriculum, one that I am firmly against incorporating as standard education in our schools. In August, our Superintendent released via email a strategic overview of DEI and the mission statement for ASD20. Coincidentally, the email discusses the contributions made to the mission statement, as drafted by a DEI committee. DEI, if allowed, will bring about anti racism training, CRT, as well as other socialistic agendas to our schools, which have no place in our standard educational curriculum. We can all agree that there is no place for hatred or segregation, but we can not allow any program that makes any student feel guilt, shame or out of place based on their race, gender, ethnicity, or religion to be considered as an acceptable addition to daily learning for our children, in our schools.
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