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ELECTION: Bruce Dammeier is not for education

Letter by Bernard Dalien, Tacoma on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2012 1:05 pm

I received a mailer from 25th District state Senate candidate Bruce Dammeier. It sickens me that he is running for with the platform, “A Champion for Our Kids” and “all kids deserve a quality education.” He goes on to state: “An excellent education system starts with setting high standards. On the Puyallup School Board, I helped increase academic rigor and standards. As your state representative, I have continued this work, fighting off efforts to lower the bar and shortchange our kids.”

While on the Puyallup School Board, he supported the discriminating and poor education standards that are given to special education. The district’s approved mission statement during his time read’ “Supported by families and our diverse community, the Puyallup School District challenges students to achieve their academic, creative and physical potential.” This statement was only meant for normal developing students and not special education.

When we requested that our son be provided an education for him to reach his academic, creative and physical potential, the district responded that it is not obligated to provide and education for our son to reach his potential, and they are only obligated to provide access to education to receive “some educational benefit.”

He refused to talk about it and only stated he supports Goodwill Industries. That showed his true colors; the father of three healthy developing boys who enjoyed the opportunity to reach their potential has no compassion for those who are less fortunate and only thinks their potential is to work for Goodwill.

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