Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos v. TUSD Politics--It Is Time for the School Board to Focus on Schools, Not Political Careers

I say no to political grandstanding.  I say that people have used TUSD for their own political gain long enough.  It's over.  The era of people using our schools to establish their own self-serving "power" regimes is finished.

At a School Board Meeting a couple weeks ago, a Member made a motion for the Board to adopt a formal statement to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. Secretary of Education.  The motion was inappropriate and did nothing to improve the quality of education in TUSD.  The TUSD School Board has one purpose: to serve our schools, to endeavor to improve the quality of education in TUSD.  The statement condemning DeVos does not fulfill that purpose.

DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education and, as such, she deserves respect.  She also deserves a chance.  So I am not prepared to condemn Ms. DeVos, based on fear, before she has actually taken action or built a record as Secretary.

I am pro public schools, and I am nervous and excited about the potential changes that the federal government may make under the leadership of Ms. DeVos.  However, I understand my role as a School Board Member.  That role does not include using the Board to advance my political agenda.

We are supposed to serve our students, our schools.  Our students are not politicians.  Our schools are comprised of Republicans and Democrats and Independents and more.  It is therefore, in my opinion, not appropriate for the School Board to condemn any politician.

It is our duty to hire a superintendent, develop a budget that demonstrates that our priority is our students, and otherwise volunteer to help the schools.

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