My choices for District 200, based primarily on the LWV forum at the library:
Steve Gevinson. Steve, a former teacher at OPRF, knows teachers and knows teaching. Wednesday Journal applauds the OPRF administration for wresting control of the school from the nefarious teachers. Steve, on the other hand, sees the administration, oversized and overly hierarchical, making financial and hiring decisions (allowing class size to swell, refusing to hire teachers with more than five years' experience) that compromise quality.
Eric Davis: As a Township Trustee, he was instrumental in promoting the Collaboration for Early Childhood, which OPRF was unaccountably slow to adopt. His service on the Township board gives him experience in the ways of local government.
Tom Cofsky has an unusually good grasp of school finance for someone who has not served on the board. He is on OPRF's financial advisory committee, and his website shows he understands how finance works.
For the fourth vote, a tough choice: Jeff Weissglass comes highly recommended by people whose opinion I respect.
Jackie Moore has been active in both school districts. Julie MacCarthy made an excellent point about students who don't have parents who can engage the school. I am especially intrigued by Melanie McQueen, an African-American woman whose experience working with African-American youth would be invaluable.
Four candidates did not come to the forum: Nations, Perkovich, Fung and Langer. If you don't care enough to show up, why should anyone vote for you?
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