Michelle Watkins has won the board seat for District 1 defeating Laurie McCaulley.
Pam Hill has won the board seat for District 5 defeating Carlos Mathews.
This is the best night for students and teachers our city has seen for the past five years. It is my hope that tonight marks the beginning of the end of the rubber stamp board of education.
From the day I began writing about the school board five years ago, I made it clear that I had one goal: to have board members who asked questions and insisted upon reason-based answers. I do not want board members who agree with everything I think. I simply want board members who will do their jobs.
I am hopeful, for the first time in a long time, that beginning in October (when the new board members will take their seats), our city will have at least two board members who will finally take seriously their responsibility “to administer and supervise the public schools.”
To Ms. Watkins and Ms. Hill, thank you.
You have both demonstrated your willingness to stand up, speak truth to power, and defend those who are voiceless in our schools. This is what a board member should do. I am hopeful for the first time in a long time that our schools will finally have board members who will do exactly that.
Our children deserve nothing less. Our teachers deserve nothing less. Our city deserves nothing less.
Oh, and one more thing. This is why I love this country: even when the deck is stacked against you, even when the money, power, and influence are working against you, even though we were “licked one hundred years before we started,” Voting Still Matters, and a small noisy group of parents can make a difference.
And now we begin to make things right.