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Letter to the Editor: When Voting For Members of the School Board, Put the Children First

letter-to-the-editorThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association in advance of the May 16 budget vote and election of school board members.

To the Editor: In recent months, Local Control has become the hot buzzword. There is a renewed sense that local actions matter, and indeed, all politics is local. The board of education exemplifies this, as school board members address two things that are important to most people - their children and their money!

The 2017 data on Westchester/Putnam school board candidates is revealing:

• While the number of districts with contested elections had been trending downward, this year it increased from 40% to 51%.
• A record 141 people are running for 95 seats, and the percentage of non-incumbent candidates on the ballot increased from 46% to 57%.


Before you fill in your ballot, consider that the board of education is a policy-making body whose fiduciary responsibilities include finances and the education of children. Select candidates who will leave their own agenda at the door and focus on the long-term needs of all children through thoughtful consensus building, while considering local taxpayer constraints. A well-functioning board focuses on strategic issues - district vision, standards, goals and policies - and allows the superintendent to be the CEO, setting objectives and plans, managing staff and operations, making recommendations to the board and providing data for decision-making. The right mix will facilitate a culture of continuous improvement, student success and respectful, open, honest communication; the wrong mix, or too many egos in the mix, can tip the balance and thwart district progress. When you go to the polls, remember that every vote matters, particularly in local elections!

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0 #3 Jack Greenspan 2017-05-13 15:31
Quoting R Kendal:
Are they asking to keep the status quo?

Is the Education industry concerned that parents in ALL districts are rethinking the failing policies that have seen USA student’s free fall on global performance?

The country has spent more and more money on education is anyone satisfied with the results?

Before people start bashing my personal opinion, please understand this post is about the country, not Scarsdale!


They're not asking to keep the status quo, they merely want you to keep the needs of us students in mind when you go to vote. This is actually very well-timed, considering that there has been an uprising among the student population due to the new schedule changes.
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+7 #2 R Kendal 2017-05-12 09:24
Are they asking to keep the status quo?

Is the Education industry concerned that parents in ALL districts are rethinking the failing policies that have seen USA student’s free fall on global performance?

The country has spent more and more money on education is anyone satisfied with the results?

Before people start bashing my personal opinion, please understand this post is about the country, not Scarsdale!
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+14 #1 H Schwartz 2017-05-11 16:54
Ironic that you publish this, there are no contested elections for school board. It is the same charade as it was for village elections. At least this March, there was finally a choice of candidates.
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