As you head to the polls on Nov. 8, I would argue your vote for our school board is as important and impactful as any vote you will cast. School boards shape the direction of our schools, which impacts the quality of our community, your tax liability and most importantly the future for our children and our society as a whole. With this in mind, it’s important you go to the polls informed about where the nine candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you.
For me, it’s quite simple, I want to support those candidates who will focus on excellence in education not equity in education. Expecting anything other than excellence from our kids is setting them up for failure in the real world.
What employer do you know who expects anything other than excellence from their employees?
Clearly, excellence for each student does not mean all students will be A students, but rather that they will always strive to become the best version of themselves.
It’s crystal clear the trio of Jen Smith, Emily Larson and Scott Wenschau are the only three candidates who will work to restore a focus on excellence in education versus the misguided focus on equity in education which has left our community divided and will ultimately lead to discrimination based on race and gender.
In past years, Sartell schools were focused on excellence in education and we were ranked as high as fourth in the state. After two years of focusing on equity, we find our district divided and ranked nowhere near the prestigious rankings we once held. I don’t believe it’s coincidence our statewide academic performance has been in a steady decline since the Minnesota Department of Education started committing resources to equity.
We can do better and must do better for our kids. For this reason I will support the slate and call on common sense citizens to join me.