Wert, Donna

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Penn Manor School District
Retired teacher
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Response Legend

  • SSupport
  • OOppose
  • UUndecided
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  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing state tax credits and education savings accounts to enable parents to choose what school their child attends. S* I support enabling parents to choose their children’s education. Too many children are stuck in schools that are not providing a good education and are even harming the students with indoctrination of anti-American and other harmful liberal ideology. However, my focus is on making the school district in which I reside, the best that it can be for all students in the district.
2. Reserving girls’ sports exclusively for biological females. S* I believe that it is unfair to involve guys on girls’ teams. And for those girls who are on wrestling teams, it is, in my view, Inappropriate to have biological males as opponents.
3. Separating restrooms, locker rooms, and other privacy areas based on biological sex. S* I would never have wanted one of my daughters exposed to male anatomy while in a restroom or locker room, especially as minors. Many and likely most parents agree. There are alternative ways to accommodate all students without stigmatization.
4. Permitting students to discuss their Christian faith with others during non-class time on school premises. S* Regardless of whether the faith is Christian or otherwise, a student has every right to discuss his or her faith on school property. If this right is taken, so will many other rights eventually be taken in this ‘free’ land.
5. Allowing school personnel to refer students to abortion providers. O* Under no circumstances do I believe that school personnel should be referring students to abortion providers. This is completely crossing the line of parental rights concerning medical decisions for their minor children. Furthermore, I personally believe that abortion is taking a life.
6. Requiring signed permission (opt-in) from a parent before a student may participate in sex education classes or presentations on gender identity theory. S* Because many parents believe that the degree of gender identity issues is a result of a social construct, never before having been such a problem in the past, students should not automatically be placed in such classes without parental permission.
7. Increasing transparency by requiring videos or documents shown to students [which are not part of pre-approved curriculum] be preserved for easy review by administrator and parents S* Parents have every right to know what their children are being taught.
8. Providing curricula that advocates critical race theory and its emphasis on defining people as oppressors or oppressed based on group identity or privileges. O* Such curricula serves only to divide, and a divided nation cannot stand. Although our nation has never and never will perfect, we are a nation in which others sacrifice tremendously to live. Although it is right to teach about our weaknesses, it is vital to teach how we’ve overcome them or at least made progress in overcoming them. And it is inaccurate to teach that one population is better than or more privileged than another.
9. Requiring teachers to use "she" to describe a biological male student who identifies as a female, even if the teacher offered a reasonable alternative. O* If a person’s belief is that people were created male and female based upon anatomy at birth, it is an infringement on his or her faith and freedom of speech to require pronoun references signifying otherwise. Teachers can reasonably accommodate a student by name, instead.
10. Specifying in school policy that materials containing visual depictions of people engaging in sex acts or explicit written descriptions of people engaging in sex acts is not age-appropriate for the school’s curriculum and libraries. S* Sexualization of students should not be a purpose of education. In my opinion, it only adds to the confusion and depression that so many teens, who have focused on this in their relationships, are experiencing. By including such materials in school, we are in essence sanctioning such behaviors, which can in the long term hinder a student’s ability to develop strong and healthy relationships. And I have been encouraging legislators to change the law to make pornography include not only real-person photos/videos but also animated ones, which can be equally egregious.