Friday, October 28, 2016

Do Research on IPS School Board Race; Don't Vote Blindly

I don't have a dog in the IPS fight other than I'm a concerned citizen who lives in this city and wants good schools for our students.

I have found myself at odds on social media, in person, at events and at other times with some of the current IPS Commissioners up for reelection.  Yet, in two cases, I consider them my friends even though I feel that some of their views on education reform are just plain wrong.

There are some things you just never will convince me about this reform movement, and I don't like the power and influence that the money that creeps into these races brings with it. Still, I think by and large the current incumbents on the IPS Board of School Commissioners are good people that think they are doing right by the students and community they serve even if we disagree.

I'm not going to endorse anyone here on my blog because it's really up to the voters in IPS to select the best candidates for them.  I will say that I do believe there are individual candidates on the ballot that should not under any circumstances be elected to this board.  Please don't read more into that statement than there is.

Rather than mention names, I'm going to allow you to make your own decisions.  It's worth a few minutes.  I encourage you to Google your candidates and research them fully.  I don't encourage you to vote this one without doing research.  Believe me, it won't take long to determine which candidates can be trusted on this board and which should not be near it.

To all of you in IPS, I wish you the best as you make your decision.  The true fate of public education in this city is in your hands.