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Step Up to Help save our public schools

Contributed by Andrew Scheck, 2nd Vice-Chair of School Board Outreach, LD3 Dems

Voting in elections is one of the most important things we can do as citizens. It not only gives us a voice, but honors those who fought for the right in our young history. I also believe that voting is the basic minimum we can do. Our vote lends our voice but, giving our time, and volunteering can make changes in our local communities. Those changes can be seen much quicker than the changes we try on the state and federal level. These changes can impact your family, neighbors, and children.

That is why I volunteer in LD3 and why I have joined the board as the VC of School Board Outreach. Over the years we have seen a right-wing element maneuver their way into local politics. While we have been concentrating on federal and state level elections these extremists have run for city council, sit on local boards, and now sit on our school boards. You may have seen the news. You may have read articles that show states around the country trying to change public education, ban books, and change the way our children learn history.

This is happening right here in our local schools. Right here in LD3. There is a right-wing agenda being shaped in our public schools so that our children can be taught “their” version of America and patriotism. While we hear about CRT and how books are confusing the gender of our children you have people on every school board, in LD3, creating a distorted, emotionless, racist view of what should be taught in our schools. Time and technology change every generation of children, but they refuse to accept it. They want to go back to a time where history and people’s rights were written by people who do not deserve it or want to teach truth.

I ask all of you to join me in saving our public schools. Support our teachers who fight everyday to make sure your children get the best education possible. Support the students who go to public schools so they can learn to be well-rounded. Not just in facts and knowledge, but what those facts and knowledge also teach. Understanding, sympathy, and an appreciation of what makes all of us unique.

I ask you to join one of our school board groups and show up to the meetings to take notes and speak in support of our schools. Depending on the size of the group you may only be going once every few months, so the time commitment is not a lot. I will then take all those notes and write up a summary that will be published in our monthly newsletter. Ill be giving the summary to other local groups so it goes in their newsletter and make sure your efforts reach out to as many people as we can. Education is activation and this is exactly what volunteering to help is about. Join us and make a difference in your community by investing in our teachers and in our children.

Use the contact form on our website to reach out to me if you are interested in being a part of our school boards team.

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