Sherr will stand up for special education students

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Instead of looking at the Board of Education in terms of a prescribed number of Democrats and Republicans, let’s instead consider who and what each candidate represents.

For those who don’t know him personally, or know him only through the prism of the media, here are three defining points to know about candidate Peter Sherr:

Peter has the knowledge and experience to know that the real problem facing the district, which is declining/stagnant student achievement, won’t be solved by a bus ride across town. If Peter is not re-elected, there will be only four other board members with more than two years’ experience and four completely inexperienced new members.  Peter’s experience and knowledge should not be lost.

Peter isn’t interested in “going along to get along.” He’s interested in doing what’s right. Agreeing to an “artificial fix” to suit the state’s timeline for racial balance may be expedient and less rancorous among his fellow board members, but Peter knows it will not effectively address student achievement.

Peter takes his responsibilities as an elected representative and advocate for the community at large very seriously. In order to fulfill his role with efficacy, he is accessible, a good listener and always interested in learning more.

One current member of the board, Adriana Ospina, and another person currently running for the board, have stated their desire to liaise with the Hispanic community. Another board member, Barbara O’Neill, was a longtime coordinator for the District’s ALP program. But there is another significant minority group who deserve equal representation at the board level — those who utilize the district’s special education services to access a free and appropriate education, as mandated by an act of U.S. law.

On numerous occasions Peter has shown concern for and interest in ensuring that this group’s voices are heard.

I encourage all families who utilize and/or care about the district’s Special Education services to vote for Peter Sherr for Board of Education. He will ensure the needs of these students are represented at the board level.

Karen Ayoub
Riverside

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