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TACOMA: Consider Milton for school board

Letter by Robert S. Rayburn, Tacoma on Aug. 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm with 2 Comments »
August 4, 2011 3:24 pm

I see that The News Tribune has endorsed the “insider” for the Tacoma school board’s Position 3 (editorial, 7-25).

I would recommend Andrew Milton to the paper’s readers.

An earned doctorate in an academic field and years of experience in university teaching give Milton perspective on the art of learning and what American high school graduates do and do not know. Experience as a middle school teacher gives him hands-on experience with the challenges of education in the present environment. Three children, two of whom are presently in Tacoma schools, give him the motivation to make the most of our schools.

Milton also happens to be a great fellow: well-spoken, interesting, intelligent, with a great sense of humor and an ability to get along with people.

The TNT obviously likes his work as it has published op-ed pieces by him several times in the past and a front page article on his classroom work quite recently. His is a résumé much more impressive in my mind than that consisting chiefly in familiarity with the city’s bureaucracy.

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  1. Jondolar says:

    I support Mr. Rayburn’s endorsement of Andrew Milton’s bid for Tacoma School Board – pos. #3. I’ve met both candidates over the past month, asked them questions from the perspective of having taught 30 years in the public classroom, and believe the children of Tacoma Schools would benefit best from Mr. Milton’s vision and experience. I urge you to consider carefully who you vote for this election for this position.

  2. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Sorry Jondolar, but Mr Milton’s membership in the teachers’ union alone should disqualify him from school board membership.

    School boards need to escape from the influence of those who place the interests of adults over the interests for kids, parents and taxpayers and the best way to accomplish this is to elect independent, non-school employed school board members.

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