Rutkowski, Judy

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Fountain Hills Unified School District
(480) 836-0568
Registered Nurse
Biographical Info:

I’m originally from Illinois but my family has lived in AZ since 2001. I am married and we have two now adult chldren, both of whom attended and graduated from Fountain Hills schools. I work as a substitute school nurse for the Scottsdale Unified School District.


It’s been my privilege to serve on teh FHUSD Governing Board for two terms. We have been successful in making significant progress in our District while maintaining fiscal responsibility. We’ve been able to attract and retain strong teachers and maintain a broad range of student course options for a relatively small district. We have actively welcomed parental participation. I want to continue to offer my commitment and experience to making our schools even better.


Response Legend

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

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Requiring school officials, including teachers, to inform parents about their child’s social, mental, emotional, or physical health S
2. Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs S
3. Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects O* More money does not guarantee better schools or better outcomes. We need to be excellent stewards of taxpayer funds.
4. Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in any sexuality related instruction, activities, or clubs. S
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
6. Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students O* This should be the choice of the parents.
7. Mandating sex education classes for 5th-12th grade students O* It should be a parental opt-in choice.
8. Allocating teacher pay raises based upon merit rather than providing uniform salary schedule increases based upon years of teaching or additional credentialing (e.g. masters degrees) S
9. Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity O
10. Teaching what is known as diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI); social, emotional learning (SEL); or critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. O* These have no place in public schools.
11. Increasing academic (curriculum) transparency by requiring each public school to post online for parents and the public a list of all instructional materials being used in the classroom. S