I took Hilary Clinton’s advice that we should be involved in all levels of government from local to national. Running for school board has involved a huge learning curve. Getting up to speed on current issues and meeting with people who have studied the issues has been informative. It has also presented a list of new questions and challenges. Dislikes for the current block scheduling at the high schools and the focus on testing are two major concerns. There is also concern about the creeping influence of Common Core and the data mining of students which, frankly, is just creepy.
Attending school board meetings has also begun to occupy every second Tuesday. They can be lively, but are mostly mundane. The school board is supposed to make decisions concerning our schools and work cooperatively with the Board of Supervisors as the funding body. Sometimes that works.
I have learned about campaign rules. And I have learned more about what elected officials can and cannot do. I have had many discussions with Petra Nadal and Holly Taylor, who are running for school board for Roberts and Stonehouse Districts respectively. We planned a campaign kickoff for all of us at Chili’s on Richmond Road on Monday, August 24. School board candidates do not receive funding from national or state political entities. Funding is, undoubtedly our biggest worry.
My campaign financing has been handled by my husband, who has to report frequently to the Virginia Board of Elections.
I have been knocking on doors with Mary Jones, who is running for Board of Supervisors. That has been interesting in and of itself. We spoke with one gentleman who felt he was freer in Romania and declared we were living in a dictatorship.
I will be happy to continue updating you.