from Diane Ravitch’s blog:
Seattle just held its local elections, and Sue Peters won a spot in a run-off election for the Seattle school board. She won 41% of the vote, despite being vastly outspent, and her opponent won 47%.
Sue wrote the following letter, thanking the Network for Public Education for providing its endorsement, which identified her as the real education supporter.
Please send her support if you can. Her website is here. I just made a contribution via Paypal.
I thought that readers would want to read her description of her vision for the Seattle public schools:
I just wanted to extend my deepest thanks to you and NPE for the timely and meaningful endorsement of my candidacy. It came at a crucial time, right when my opponent’s side chose to go negative (twice!), and as we led up to the primary election.
Diane, thank you for your tweet on my behalf as well.
Locally, people are very impressed by this honor and support, and nationally I have received a constant flow of donations ever since the endorsement and tweet.
And here’s more good news: Last night I qualified for the general election, earning 41 percent of the vote so far (with 50 percent of ballots counted). (My opponent is at 47 percent at the moment.) This is despite being outspent 6-1, without hiring political consultants, and without resorting to smear tactics against my opponent. I am proud of my authentic, community-based campaign which has focused on the issues and maintained its integrity. I am confident that my positive and constructive message, and the value of my nearly decade of knowledge of the Seattle Public School District, will resonate with voters throughout the city as we go forth into the general election.
Here is what I support:
- Fiscally and academically responsible decisions that prioritize directing resources to the classroom and our kids.
- An education system that embraces & celebrates the individuality and diversity of our children & helps each child fulfill his/her potential.
- A rich, engaging curriculum that includes the arts, sciences, math, humanities, music & P.E.
- Decisions and policies that reflect the needs of our schools and families.
- More teaching & learning, less testing.
- Respect for teachers.
- Keeping public education public.
Thank you all again.