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Election 2017

 

Yes, I am running agin!

I am looking forward to again representing the 4th District in 2017.

Many people ask me, "How can you stand being on the School Board?", "How can you stand to deal with such corrupt people?", or "Why do you  want to be on a school board after the witch hunt of the last year?" or  "How can you stand to work with such nasty people?"

The answer is simply: 

  • This is not about me. 
  • This is about standing up to trumped-up, public shaming by nasty people that are trying to force you to resign for the simple reason you don't do what they tell you to do. 
  • This is about standing up for freedom of speech. 
  • This is about standing up for democracy.
  • This is about standing up for parents, students, and staff--if they can try to remove an elected school board member, imagine the fear that students, parents, and staff feel. 
  • This is about making our schools successful and a part of our community.
  • We have a new school board and so far, looks to be more independent and willing to break from the past.

In this situation it is fitting to quote from Archibishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace prize winner in 1984:“Having looked the beast in the eye, Let us shut the door on the past, not to forget it, but to allow it not to imprison us.”  Yes, we can make our schools and school board a proud and functioning part of the community.

 

I will be continuing with the successes that I have imparted to the schools:

  • I have brought the issue of the disparity between Denfeld and East High Schools and am paving the way to getting equity between east and west Duluth.
  • I have brought awareness to the achievement gap and insisted on action.  We have a long way to go, but I was the only board member who acknowledged our problem. Now we have a new board and we are in a position to really find solutions.
  • I have been instrumental in stoppping the drain of money from the classrooms to pay for buildings.  The Administration was pulling, up to $8 million a year from the General Fund to pay for buildings.  I was the only board member who questioned why, but that resulted in cutting that amount in half.  With the new board, I think we can finally stop all the drain of money from the classrooms to pay for building debts.
  • I have brought awareness to the crippling loss of enrollment and have insisted that we hold the administration accountable.
  • We have brought civility to the board room and minority members can now add agenda items.


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