Questionnaire Responses

Graeme Reid

We reached out to just about every candidate that we ranked with a questionnaire specific to the office they are running for. Here are the answers Mr. Reid provided.

Mr. Reid is a non-partisan. He's running to represent District F on the Washoe County School Board.

Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?

I try not to be a lawyer in my private life, however the ability to listen, interpret, analyze, advocate and implement should be valuable on the board.

Do you agree or disagree with the measures taken by state officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you think should have been done or done differently?

The whole episode exposed all of our governmental institutions to have dangerously weak leadership. There was a short time at the very beginning of the virus’ outbreak to around April or May 2020 when, I believe, there was legitimate concern about exactly what would transpire. What is it and how bad will it get? As it became apparent that it was a relatively low-mortality virus, albeit easily transmittable, there was no need for the hysteria that followed. WCSD schools being closed from March to June 2020 I can forgive, but vaccination and masking should have been entirely voluntary. Beyond May 2020 all restrictions should have been lifted.

Many voters are unhappy with our public school system. What policies or actions would you prescribe to repair or replace the existing system? Do you support “school choice” policies such as educational savings accounts? Why or why not?

I used not to support taking money out of the public school system for other options, but now that I understand more fully what activists have done to public education (i.e., how bad things really are), I have changed my opinion. Taxpayer money should follow the parents and their children. Competition will improve public schools – then parents and their children will return.

Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?

School board is a non-partisan position (superficially anyway). That said, I am a libertarian/classical liberal at heart. I have learned however that the problem with these political philosophies is the soft underbelly of tolerance. Left-wing politicians, activists and globalists figured that out and have exploited it. I, for one, do not appreciate those who take advantage of my tolerance particularly when it negatively impacts children. Hence my current run.

Many voters are concerned about inflation and its impact. What could be done at the state or national level to address the root causes of inflation or mitigate its impact on the public?

This goes a little beyond school board and I believe there is a lot more to worry about than just inflation. The penny on inflation, however, has not yet fully dropped. The current administration is not only lying about it but enflaming it. As a bellwether, just two days ago, it was reported in the UK (where the government is less dishonest) that inflation could pass 18% by Christmas. Then just today, ‘Ofgem’, the UK energy regulator increased its price cap 80%! That’s right, not 8% but 80% (eighty percent) meaning natural gas and electricity consumer prices will most certainly almost double in the near future in the UK. That will create chaos. The UK is in a better position than many other less affluent countries to withstand the fore-coming crisis, and the US is in a better position than the UK, but it is coming just the same and I predict it will be bad. The simple answer is the government has to “stop spending money”. The current administration and state administrations all across the country need to become much more fiscally responsible (realistically meaning a shift politically to the right has to happen).

What are the biggest issues facing Washoe County schools, and how would you address them?

Public schools are in crisis all across the country. They have become politicized, there is little accountability, even less transparency, ineffective leadership, ineffective discipline, excessive data collection, excessive testing, teachers are unhappy and are leaving, parents have been squeezed out and are fleeing (tempered by lack of alternatives) and there is significant financial mismanagement. First, we need to end the politicization of education and step one to achieving that goal is to replace the three incumbents on the board who are up for election. Public school is not a place to push political agendas whether left, right or other.

Some parents are concerned about “mission creep” in education. How should teachers handle topics like race, sex, gender, and identity in the classroom?

It is a real problem and it is not only parents who are concerned. There are plenty of teachers who are concerned also. Speaking up is not an option and many are living in fear of repercussion. Generally teachers keep quiet and suck it up, retire or move on to other opportunities. Disputed political theories like “Critical Race Theory” and “Sexuality and Gender Identity” have no place being taught as fact in school and are things that should be left to the discretion or parents or guardians.