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Gary Swenson letter: Judging the best NL-S candidates

I believe it is safe to say that all school board candidates will attest that school districts need to demonstrate that their students have attained high levels of academic achievement. How can voters best discern which candidates would be most s...

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I believe it is safe to say that all school board candidates will attest that school districts need to demonstrate that their students have attained high levels of academic achievement. How can voters best discern which candidates would be most successful at increasing academic achievement in our school district?

Does a candidate's volunteer work, service on committees, career experience, or incumbency status as a school board member guarantee that that candidate will move the school district's students toward higher levels of academic achievement? Or is there some other criterion which would reveal a candidate's competency in the area of advancing academic achievement? What about that candidate's quality of judgment?

In order to facilitate learning and academic success, the school district must first provide students with a safe, orderly environment which respects the privacy, dignity, and emotional well-being of all students.

A policy recently proposed by our current New London-Spicer School Board declared that "each student shall be granted access to restrooms, locker rooms, and changing areas that align with the student's gender identity consistently asserted at school." Would a mandate granting students access to opposite-sex restrooms and locker rooms create a safe, orderly environment which respects the privacy, dignity, and emotional well-being of all students? Contemplate the fact that in this age of cell phone cameras, images from these intimate settings could be loaded to the internet where they will exist in perpetuity.

A candidate's position on the aforementioned policy demonstrates that candidate's quality of judgment. Only one board member expressed opposition to the policy during discussion at school board meetings. The other two incumbents running for re-election argued in favor of the policy at the school board meetings.

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Highly qualified school board candidate Deidre Lynch (who has a teaching degree) is presently serving on the curriculum advisory committee. Her stated goals are to advocate for the student's safety and privacy rights and has clearly expressed her concerns about such a policy.

Gary Swenson

Spicer

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