Friday, March 17, 2017
School Board Candidates Are The Worst
It seems to be happening everywhere. We, the taxpayers, are putting up with a bunch of terrible, conflicted, special-interest-backing candidates for school boards around the State and suburbs.
And then we wonder why our property taxes are out of control? It's because we have terrible candidates and they get elected. Are there good school board members? Of course there are. But there are a lot of them that shouldn't even be running.
Would it be heresy to state that we believe that anyone who is a teacher or administrator or (gasp!) even worse.... an officer of a teacher's union in another district just flat out are terrible candidates. And they deserve to be voted against on that fact alone.
It is happening all over. In Kaneland schools, a principal from a neighboring district is running. He, apparently, doesn't think being an 'empire builder' in one district is enough. Now he wants to have his hand in driving property taxes up in 2 districts.
In Mount Prospect District 57, there's 2 teachers running. Yep. 2 teachers. They want to be on the school board. Wonder which side they're going to pick when it comes to negotiations? Their own teachers union or you...the taxpayers?
In Dundee, there's a former Superintendent running. Empire building at it's best. Hey! He's done it once. I'm sure the district he looked after raised their levy every year. And as close to that 5% that they can do without having to ask voters. Now he wants to be on the board to do it again.
In Park Ridge, there are three candidates who are all married to teachers in the District. Yes. Seriously. So they're in line to vote between voting to give their own wife a raise or siding with the taxpayers. Which will they pick?
In Downers, there's not one, not two, but three teachers running for the school board. One retired. Oh, and this is rich: one of the candidates is the President of the Teachers Union in a neighboring district. Wonder where his loyalties lie? Those negotiations with the teachers are going to be tough, right?
This just *has* to be a deliberate move by the teacher's unions to install sympathetic candidates on boards, right?
Every candidate on the ballot for school board should have to note 2 things:
1. If they're a teacher.
2. If they have kids in the schools.
We know that here at the Truth Team we believe this to be true: The best school board members are most likely going to come from a group of citizens that have no skin in the game other than their property values. A mom - who wasn't a teacher - who's kids have graduated from the schools? A dad who works in the private sector who's kids are all in college or grown up? Look for those folks. That's who you'll want to vote for.