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 choose public schools outside their district. 

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 believe in parental choice should be paramount to the education of our children. Ensuring that the NKC school district is accountable to parents is the most important issue facing Clay County today.

In the past we always looked to our schools to educate our children in the basic skills they would need to become productive members of the body politic. And yet our children fell behind during the recent Covid pandemic. Those who pay taxes are denied a fair return for their child's education, their success penalized, and full productivity hindered. And all the while, the NKC school board was busy enacting curriculums more suitable for indoctrination than education, all without parental input. They stoke divisions, supporting CRT.  I will firmly stand against these injustices if elected.

My goal for the North Kansas City School District:

Transparency, Accountability, Parental Choice