I note that Ruth Adkins has endorsed both Trudy Sargent and Martin Gonzales, both school board incumbents, for reelection.
I say so what. What's Ruth going to do? Go on record as opposing her board colleagues, one of whom --Trudy-- is assured of winning since she has no challenger? Martin, too, is quite likely to retain his seat.
It would be political suicide for Ruth to badmouth either. (She did endorse Scott Bailey.)
I have no such qualms. Neither Trudy nor Martin are likely to support any change of substance in the next four years to ensure that all students in the district, regardless of circumstance, have the same educational opportunities. Poor schools will continue to lose enrollment and programs. Wealthy schools will continue to grow in popularity --and enrollment.
In short, unless some decisive changes are made in the district's transfer policy, nothing will change. Therefore, I oppose the reelection of either incumbent.
Since Trudy has no opponent, the only option is a protest write-in vote. One name that has emerged is a fellow named Moss Drake. People tell me he's smart. When he speaks he's worth listening to.
As for Zone 4, both Steve Buel and Rita Moore are challenging Martin Gonzales. Since both are active in the PPS Equity community, I won't recommend one over the other. Buel would likely spoil the school board tea party with his outspokenness, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing at all.
Rita would undoubtedly prove more collegial. But no one can question her commitment to equity. And she's got a Ph.D from Columbia, for godssakes!
Vote for either Buel or Moore for Zone 4. If neither actually wins, their combined total vote might well surpass Martin's total.
That would send a message, wouldn't it?