Linda J. Busam

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Peoria Elementary
Have one married son with 2 grand daughters who attend Peoria Public Schools
From the time that I announced that I was running for school board, people asked why I wanted to serve as a member of the Governing Board in Peoria. More than anything, I serve because of my experiences growing up. I am a recent widow who relocated with my husband Lee of 46 years from Arlington Hts, IL to settle in Peoria, AZ in late 1998. We were later joined by our son, who is now the proud father of beautiful twin girls who attend Peoria Unified School District Schools. I grew up in a single parent, poverty stricken household, in the slums of Chicago during the heat of the riots in the 1960’s. The experience of overcoming adversity forged courage, strength of character, and a resilience to triumph over hardship that could never have been mastered under a different set of circumstances. This is the arsenal I carry in my toolbox. I am mindful everyday that life’s stumbling blocks are only a state of mind. Life’s lessons prove that mediocrity is never acceptable, and that we should continually strive for excellence in every aspect of our lives. That originates with our schools. The goal of academia should be to help each student discover and nurture his or her genius. This is my goal as well!


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing parents the option of choosing phonics instruction for all K-3rd grade students S* Teaching Phonics has years of proven track records with desired results
2. Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs S* I fully support parental rights, and oppose public school overreach
3. Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects O* Much can be accomplished without raising Share Holders taxes every year and achieve stellar academic performance
4. Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in sex education classes or presentations on gender identity S* I firmly oppose K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy S* I fully support School Choice. No child should be left in a failing school because of socio economic status or a zip code
6. Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students O* There are many pros and cons to this, but from a child's stand point, it's a very long day!
7. Requiring sex education classes for K-12th grade students O* Teach medical terms & how the male and female body functions only!.
8. Allocating a certain percentage of the school district’s budget to be spent in the classroom, as opposed to for administration S* This will guarantee funding to the classroom and transparency
9. Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity S* It's sad that we have to asked this question
10. Presenting competing and alternative theories regarding the origin of life when evolution is taught in science classes S* If it has to be taught, then all theories should be presented