Sherr is there to help families and taxpayers

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Our schools are in trouble. Our test scores are stagnating. Our residency verification descends into farce. Now — amidst all this — our Board of Education has decided to obsess over racial quotas.

For these reasons, I believe that it is essential that we return Peter Sherr to the Board of Education

I have attended many board meetings. They can be quite dry. But I’ve learned to pay attention when Peter clicks his microphone because we are about to hear some perceptive and insightful questions. They will go right to the weak or poorly thought out parts of an administration proposal. His questions are those of a keen mind in service to the best solutions for our students and taxpayers.

Those opposed to reform of our schools — or those who think parents and taxpayers should shut up and do as we are told — will be thrilled if we decide to remove the most inquisitive and thoughtful member of the board.

Additionally, he is the only one of the four board members whose terms are ending to seek re-election. If we return him to that board, he will be the only member with more than two years’ experience. Without Peter Sherr, the entire eight-member Board of Education will have a total of eight years combined of experience across all of its members. That is not likely to be a strong board fighting for the families and taxpayers.

And make no mistake — that is exactly who Peter represents.

Peter has actually been accused of “pandering to the parents.” If fighting against racially motivated busing and redistricting, insisting on real residency verification and daring to question administration proposals that put Hartford’s wants ahead of Greenwich’s are “pandering,” then I wish the whole board would start pandering.

Until then, let’s be sure to get Peter Sherr back on the Board of Education.

 

Randall Smith
Riverside

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