Do you have a burning question you want to ask the St. Paul School Board candidates? Here’s your chance to get a closer look and engage the candidates in a direct and unique way. Twin Cities Daily Planet has invited all the candidates to participate in an online forum where you get to ask the questions. To get started, we’ve asked the candidates to supply a brief bio, and answer the following question:
“What would be your top three priorities as a member of the St. Paul School Board?”
Read the bios that they provided, and their answers to the question, posted below in alphabetical order, and then it’s your turn to ask a question. Post your questions as comments, either using Facebook or our in-house commenting system, and the candidates will give you their replies.
We will continue to update the site with the candidates’ information as we receive it from the candidates. Terrance Bushard was the first to respond of the St. Paul School Board candidates so far. We’re still waiting for responses from:
- John Brodrick (DFL-endorsed incumbent)
- Jean O’Connell (DFL-endorsed incumbent)
- Chue Vue (DFL-endorsed)
- Greg Copeland
Terrance Bushard‘s Bio: Education: St. Mark’s Grade School 1963, Cretin High School 1967, U of M Business School 1979. I worked in the printing industry full time from 1983 to 2003. Since then, I have been dabbling in print sales and have been web master of americanvotersassociation.com.
Terence Bushard’s top priority: “Truth About Politics” is a course I would like to develop for high school seniors. A rough draft of the goal of the course can be found at:americanvotersassociation.com, and is the only reason I filed for school board.
High school seniors ought to be taught that politics is, among other things, an on-going process though which financial advantages and disadvantages are distributed throughout society.
They ought to be taught that politicians have distributed some serious financial disadvantages to them in the form of their share of the national debt – currently at $53,478 per senior, not to mention the “unfunded federal entitlement liabilities.”
And they ought to be taught that the only reason politicians can get away with distributing financial disadvantages to them, without having to explain to them why they should be happy about it, is because, and only because, they are not organized for the purpose of insisting the politicians explain themselves, and insisting they do so on a continual and timely basis and in an organized manner, because politics is an on-going process!
I expect the salient points of the course could be taught in 10 class hours. I believe I can create the instruction materials in time for it to be taught to this years senior class. And, I believe I can do this at very little, if any, additional cost to taxpayers.
Finally, I expect that students of the course will come away with a crisper understanding of why they may want to organize for the purpose of questioning the financial management practices of elected officials.
If voters believe teaching a course like “Truth About Politics” would be in the best interest of high school seniors, they’ll vote for me, and they’ll share their reason for doing so with their friends.
If I am elected for this one purpose, the school board would be hard pressed to deny its incorporation into the curriculum, perhaps rolling it into a current events or civics class.
Although I believe I am the best candidate for meeting our students need to know about the world they will face, I don’t expect to be elected. I do expect to advocate for a course like this to be taught to seniors across the country. In closing, the “free” plan to achieve this goal can be viewed at: americanvotersassociation.com and it could work all across the country.
Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.