Every kid is different. That's why learning should be tailored to allow every kid to discover and develop their talents to realize their full potential. But the current system falls short. American schools were designed for a world that no longer exists- a standardized, top-down education model that prepared students for an academic future. Today, that model is failing to prepare kids for the world they will face after high school, a world where four years of college will only leave you saddled with debt. It's time to create an educational system designed to prepare kids for futures in vocations, learning real world skills.

Give Families Options

     To succeed today, young people need student centered, innovative approaches they cant get from one sized-fits all education. We can open doors to opportunity by allowing families to choose schools that fit their child's needs instead of those assigned to them based on their zip code. I support open enrollment which allows families to send their children to any school within the NKC school District instead of be forced use the school in their neighborhood boundaries.

Fund Students, not Systems

     While some families have always had access to educational options, many others are trapped in schools that are failing them. A fair funding system would allow taxpayer dollars to follow the child to the school that best fits their needs.


Hello, my name is Josiah Bechthold.

I am a proud American, privileged to live all over the world as I served in our nation’s military. I love the 4th of July, vote during every election, wear red, white, and blue, but still believe our country has room for growth and improvement. I say this because I know that our country, just like our schools, is not simply a collection of rules, procedures, systems, or buildings. America, and the schools in this amazing country, are filled with teachers who are doing a great job helping students mature to their maximum potential by challenging their universe of knowledge and beliefs. And yet our school administrators whose main role is to ensure the smooth operation of the institution are instead guilty of a dereliction of duty. They worry was that some “sensitive,” immature soul was offended! Evidently, these administrators, moved by the tears of those “traumatized” souls, acted in cowardly fashion to ban the teaching of accepted scientific truths. Those who pay taxes are denied a fair return for their child's education, their success penalized, and full productivity hindered. The NKC school board has been busy enacting curriculums more suitable for indoctrination than education, and making dangerous medical decisions for our children, all without parental input. I will firmly stand against these injustices if elected.

My goal for the North Kansas City School District:

Transparency, Accountability, Parental Choice