TNT: New Clover Park School Board member compares himself to Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin – The Suburban Times – The Suburban Times


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I am glad that this article is getting as much attention as it has even if there are issues about the coverage that needed better explanation.
Political backing? What political backing did David Anderson receive as compared to let’s say Alyssa Pearson, from her father, Don Anderson, City of Lakewood Mayor, prominent Republican, and his political arm twisting during the campaign? Conservative Republicans generally have embraced the “public in public education” issue but that was a grass roots movement they joined rather than originated. Our children’s education cuts across all political boundaries.
Schafer was the poster boy for term limits. 16 years on the Board, 7 as President presiding over the District’s sinking academics is not a campaign winner. He and others like him have done untold damage to the many students who were pushed through the education system to come out unprepared for adult life. But they stand proud that the graduation rate increased from the mid-60% to high-80% range at the same time academics plummeted to less than 35%…….18% in the case of Clover Park High School. Who is it we they graduating that graduation rates mean anything?
The fear expressed by WASA, teachers unions and other education associations is one of their loss of power. They are the “experts”, with all their degrees, afraid of public’s common sense. After all it is the public’s funding that pays their salary and they are the parents of their children. Who better to decide how the education system should function? Public education enjoys a near monopoly and the status quo that results. Unfortunately, that only works well in a static environment. We are in a dynamic environment and that requires flexibility to survive and flourish; something you don’t necessarily get from Board members who have been warming a seat for decades.
Vocal minority? David won by out hustling Schafer who rested on his laurels as President, long time Board member, incumbent and top listing on the ballot. Even with all this going for him Schafer still lost and deservedly so. Running unopposed for 16 years doesn’t make you a campaign expert or for that matter a school board expert. What does David’s dedication during the campaign mean to his approach as a Board member? A lot!
Schafer claimed to be a “conservative” yet was a staunch supporter of radical leftist EDI doctrine; a “nicer” more publicly palatable version of critical race theory. Conservative is as conservative does. If a conservative tsunami swept over the country why didn’t Schafer’s bona fides as a conservative ride that wave? Because he wasn’t. He was not only unprepared for the campaign “fight”, he had proven himself unprepared as a Board member and President to deal with the “fight” to turn around the District’s academic performance.
Another myth perpetrated by the article is that demographics are the excuse for CPSD’s academic performance. “It is a poor workman that blames his tools.” This is nothing but an excuse by the administration and Board to avoid accountability for their failure. Go ahead! Blame the poor, those on free lunch, those of “marginalized communities”, race or ethnicity or any other excuse. These are not only excuses for the District leadership, they become by association excuses for students to not succeed. It’s a vicious cycle that requires a complete change in values, principles and strategic direction to turn around the District and ensure every student gets the education they need to succeed. Oft times it requires a new Board member to act as a catalyst for change.

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