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Oct.
29th

TACOMA: Dexter Gordon’s the best choice for school board

I can’t agree with The News Tribune editorial board’s choice for the Tacoma School Board, Position 1. We are in need of fresh ideas if the present generation is to be useful to themselves and society. We need all students to graduate and to be excited about continuing education so they can achieve their dreams.

I suggest that an experienced educator, Dexter Gordon, be chosen. He is a dedicated father of students in the Tacoma school system, an involved community leader and the candidate who will best serve the district’s interests. More information on his stand on the issues are

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Oct.
17th

TACOMA: Dexter Gordon is an enthusiastic educator

The article, “Experience vs. enthusiasm for Tacoma School Board” (TNT, 10-17), points out that University of Puget Sound Communications and African-American Studies Professor Dexter Gordon, the “enthusiastic” candidate for the board, has been a moving force behind the extraordinary Race & Pedagogy Initiative. Tacoma is blessed to have such an educator.

For a number of years this unique initiative has enhanced collaboration between college and K-12 educators and students. By mobilizing higher education resources to serve the community, the initiative seeks to lessen the “achievement gap” for low-income and minority students in K-12 and also open the way to

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Oct.
15th

TACOMA: Dexter Gordon’s best choice for schools

It was with dismay that I read The News Tribune endorsement for the Tacoma School Board. As a retired Tacoma school principal, I strongly support Dexter Gordon as a new, innovative, school board leader with educational expertise and vision.

There are so many changes taking place that affect the success of our students, that it is hard to keep up. But change is inevitable, and we need a change on the Tacoma School Board. Gordon is a change agent who is an active parent (daughter attending Stadium High School), experienced teacher and community leader.

As a member of the

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Oct.
9th

TACOMA: School board needs Gordon’s vision

I’m amazed that The News Tribune editorial board would support a candidate who has been on Tacoma’s school board for 24 years while the achievement gap has widened and the dropout rate has increased (editorial, 10-8).

Throughout her 24-year tenure, what evidence is there that Debbie Winskill – a “strong-minded, student-focused advocate of school accountability,” as described in the editorial – has been effective? Where has her leadership been in support of all Tacoma’s students? What evidence is there of her being a visionary for the 21st century? Did the editors ask these questions of themselves?

When one attends

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Oct.
4th

ELECTION: Gordon better choice for Tacoma schools

Voters who like clear choices will appreciate this year’s Tacoma School Board election. There are obvious differences between the candidates: one white, the other black; a woman vs. a man; an incumbent with 24 years of service and a challenger who’s never held elected office. But the most important difference is how the candidates define the job.

The incumbent – Debbie Winskill – thinks of herself as the person to call if your student must get into French III at eight o’clock or the playground swing is broken. When asked at a recent forum how she would improve our schools,

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Aug.
28th

TACOMA: Dexter Gordon needed on school board

Dexter Gordon is again tossing his hat into the ring by running for a position on the Tacoma School Board. While his worthy opponent has served the community long and well, it has changed a lot in the 30 years since she first joined the political scene. Gordon is prepared to deal with how things are now.

In my nearly 90 years on this earth, there are few figures who stand out in my memory as clearly as does Gordon. He is one of those rare people who instantly projects a feeling of friendship and understanding, and then over time

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Oct.
26th

EDUCATION: Teaching the poorest is possible

Professor Dexter Gordon’s Oct. 26 article brought back delightful memories from the late ’60s in Oklahoma City.

At that time our small Community of John XXIII church opened a Montessori preschool in the heart of the poverty area with the help of funds from the federal poverty program. One forth of our kids were African Americans, one fourth were Latinos, one fourth were Native Americans and one fourth were Caucasian migrants from Arkansas.

We hired a Ph.D in education and a certified Montessori teacher to guide our teacher aides who came from the same poverty neighborhood, most of whom had

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