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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 5:00 AM

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Lewis for School Board

I remember Jason Lewis saying about the diversity policy and RPS vote at a PTO meeting, “If we want our schools to look like what we say we want them to look like, we should support both.” That sentiment is just as true about his candidacy for election. We say we want equitable neighborhood schools. Jason supports a well-thought and reasoned approach to balancing disparate levels of socioeconomic status in our schools to ensure all students are academically successful. We say we want clear and transparent reasoning from the board. Jason is a skilled writer and communicator and has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse constituents in his teaching and administrative roles. We say we want to come together as one community district, rather than divide ourselves and “only look out for our own.” Jason has reached out to the whole district and has included city governments that, by their zoning authority, also have an implicit say in School Board decisions. I plan to vote for Jason Lewis because the sentiment he shared is just as true now as it was in February; he will ensure our schools and School Board look like what we say we want them to look like.

Mike Schluckebeir

Vote Dorau, Lynch, Barron

The Iowa City School Board election on Sept. 10 has generated interest, conversations, and a long list of candidates. We will vote for Tuyet Dorau, Chris Lynch, and Sara Barron.

Sometimes it is easy to focus on the school our own children attend or the school that is the center of our neighborhood gatherings. It might be easy to forget that the Iowa City School District is the fifth-largest district in Iowa. It encompasses five separate communities and the unincorporated areas between them. There are 25 schools, plus 17 preschool sites. The community volunteer leaders who sit on the School Board to develop policies are charged with the responsibility of the entirety of this vast enterprise.

We believe that Dorau, Lynch, and Barron are the best placed to bring the widest possible points of view to the table. We believe that they will come to that table with a thoughtful, deliberative approach that puts a premium on transparency and accountability. We urge you to listen carefully, read what you can, make up your own mind, and vote on or before Sept 10.

Bob and Sue Dvorsky


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