Jean Marvin can help our diverse community on the school board
We have an incredible, diverse community in Rochester. All of our children, no matter what their backgrounds and beliefs, deserve the best education they can get in the Rochester Public Schools. However, we must accept that there is an achievement gap and that our schools can do something to address this. One of our biggest challenges is to understand that children learn differently and have different needs. We must accept this challenge as we address the achievement gap.
Terry Throndson, at the League of Women Voters' forum before the primary election, said he didn't buy the achievement gap. He said the only reason kids aren't doing well in school is because their parents aren't doing their jobs. As an enthusiast of our diverse community, I strongly disagree with Mr. Throndson.
One of the reasons Jean Marvin is running for school board is she believes adamantly that the best way to narrow the achievement gap, to help people rise from poverty and to reduce the systemic racism that still exists in our community is through education. As someone who really understands education, she has the knowledge to set educational priorities as well as oversee the budget that will make this happen.
I strongly support Jean Marvin for school board and encourage all to vote for her on Nov. 4.
Mary Ellen Landwehr