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Go Kristie Go!
At the recent forum she was asked her position on Wakarusa Valley. Support or oppose the closing, and even if I disagree, the candidate has thought about it. But she lost my vote when she said that she didn't know what that was. Her responses here have not won it back. Getting new vendors to offset state cuts? Pre-school is important, but what about the other levels of education? And if you are successful in getting all these kids into the system, where do you put them? Three additional classrooms are not going to do it. At the forum she seemed like a very nice person, but she hasn't been paying attention to the issues, and doesn't seem to know much about the district beyond pre-K.
Her own kids do not attend the Lawrence Public Schools.
Her daughters are in preschool.
Her own daughters attend private preschool.
Universal pre-school is not available through the public school system. I think Kristie wants to change this.
Good on her. Every child should have the opportunity to go to pre-school.
Being a strong proponent of public schools, I hope she sends her daughters to public school. I know that we have district staff and administrators who send their children to private schools. I really don't understand that. Are their own kids somehow better than the kids served in public schools?
"Are their own kids somehow better than the kids served in the public schools?" From my experience, most parents who send their children to private schools don't think their children are better. Rather they believe their children will be better served by what they perceive to be better schools.
Why exactly is she looking to put more Pre-K kids into programs in USD 497? What is wrong with the private and non-profit models that are out there? While, I agree there are better and worse centers out there, she appears to make a sweeping generalization that any preschool taught in USD 497 is a better choice than the choices currently available in Lawrence. Until she has spent significant time in each and every center in town, she has no business implying those facilities are not worthy of what the school district is able to do. In fact, just like many people feel a private school is better for their child's elementary education, why wouldn't it be the case that people feel private preschools also may have more to offer the children of Lawrence? It's fine to let people know it's there and an option, but to "advocate for parents enrolling their students in a pre-K program in the Lawrence public schools instead of looking at a private model or a daycare model." is just an unsubstantiated, biased sales tactic.
Not everyone has the money to send their kids to private pre-schools. Making pre-school available to everyone through the public school system means that the low income families whose kids need pre-school the most will have access.
It is also an equalizer for single young mothers who have to work. A full time public preschool program gives them the ability to hold a job and pay the bills.
At the public forum held at Free State high, when asked about the budget she responded "I'm not familiar with it". Step one of launching a school board campaign: familiarize yourself with the local ed budget.
I've seen her at the almost all of the bond issue presentations and have heard her speak on budget issues. I found her to be knowledgeable and well informed on the issue of both the current and proposed budget.
If you we're at the bond presentations, you heard Doll say that more classrooms would alow them to charge a fee. Thus, this would not be free. If you we're at the same presentation that I was at, you heard here ask how the bidding for wireless would be done. I didn't think anything about that until I heard that she and her husband run an Internet company. On her website she said that she was going to expand all day kindergarten, but how would she do that when we have all day kindergarten. That has now been reomoved. Her website and facebook page is boderline inappropriate (come drink with her to celebrate her birthday). She is not well informed, and would be a disaster on the school board.
On her FB page, somebody asked her whether she planned to send her girls to a private school. She replied that they were currently in preschool and that she and her husband would make that decision "when the time comes."
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