Put Children First
Frank Wanner made much of the teacher's taking the "high road" in one of his newsletters. He probably wouldn't want most people to know that the state teachers' union gave a $1,500 contribution to publish this "negative" last minute postcard. The largest contribution permitted under the law is $300. I'm sure that a slap on the wrist and a small fine isn't much of a deterrent to a colossus like Education Minnesota. Neither, evidently, is the law.
The first page of the Postcard shows two young girls studing at a computer and says:
"We know what children need to improve learning..."
The second page of the Postcard compares two slates of candidates by saying:
"Now we need a school board willing to do it.
On November 2 - Let's Put Kids First
This is an independent expenditure not approved by any candidate paid for by the "Put Children First" Committee, Mary Schroeder, Treasurer
If the candidates (who wanted to put kids first) made all these promises they must have been asleep during the School District's years of financial crises. It was brought about by school board members who wanted to help children so much they spent money they didn't have. Santayana said that: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
By comparison the old school board members did have a "record." They revived the District's finances and brought more programming into the schools that the District could afford. This negative literature was grossly irresponsible, illegally financed, and a cheap shot sent out so late it could not be contradicted. Shame, shame, shame.