In my mind, the most important race we'll be deciding is the State School Board. I'll be voting for Laura Belnap, and I invite you to join me. Let me tell you why. The State School Board listens to many voices, as it should, and all of those voices are important. I believe the most significant voices come from educators and from parents. Both groups are important; it's critical that the school board balance the input between them carefully.
From what I have seen in watching and working with the State School Board, the school board's balance has tipped toward educators more than toward parents for as long as I can remember. Parents have told me again and again that they aren't being heard. I think it's time that we search for new school board members that will strike a better balance and provide more equity in how the board handles input from educators and parents alike.
Laura Belnap is best positioned to add this breadth of focus to our State Board of Education. I know this because of: The priorities Laura has focused on consistently when she has met with me about educational issues before the legislature, and Laura's career-long emphasis on giving parents additional tools to help their children succeed with their education. Laura's focus on parents is just what our State School Board needs. And I can tell you honestly, if the board were putting most of its focus on parents and neglecting input from educators, I would feel the need for more balance in that direction as well.
If that were the case I might well be supporting a different candidate. But the candidate we need today, for the balance the State Board of Education needs today, is Laura Belnap. Please join me in voting for Laura Belnap for State School Board, District 5. See Laura's website for more information. LauraBelnap.com
Representative Jim Nielson