Wolgemuth, Justin

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Hempfield School District
Sr VP of Operations
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Response Legend

  • SSupport
  • OOppose
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
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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'm a believer that we need to have a positive influence in our public school systems. I would support offering credits and choice with balance as not to undercut public education and those who may not have the means to choose a different school district.
2. Reserving girls’ sports exclusively for biological females. S* Based off the physical difference between biological males and biological females, it is important to have separation for the integrity of sports and safety.
3. Separating restrooms, locker rooms, and other privacy areas based on biological sex. S* I support biological males and biological females being in separate locker rooms and bathrooms. This can be accomplished by creating space for individuals who identify differently ftom their biological sex. This preserves and protects all students and allows for privacy.
4. Permitting students to discuss their Christian faith with others during non-class time on school premises. S* We allow for freedom of speech and discussion between students related to various topics on non-class time. This would be no different. Controlling student speech during non-class time would open up Pandora's box.
5. Allowing school personnel to refer students to abortion providers. O* First of all I do not support abortion. Secondly, this is a parent's and child,/student decision. Educators are there to provide education should not be inserting themselves into decisions such as abortion.
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* I believe in informing parents especially around the topic such as this. It's important for parents to be able to opt out if they do not want their child to participate in these sensitive discussions or they want to have these on their own with their child.
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 a right to know what their kids are learning and the more transparency we can provide the better around curriculum and materials used outside of the approved curriculum.
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* I do not believe that persons born a certain skin color and race are automatically considered racist. I do not support teaching CRT in classrooms. For example teaching caucasian male students that they are racist because they were born caucasian is not acceptable.
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* There should not be a requirement for teachers to use pronouns in a certain manner. A reasonable respectful alternative is appropriate such as a person's name.
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* I strongly support policies that prevent sexually explicit and vivid sexual acts/descriptions being part of any curriculum or library.