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My Turn – Education Matters: Vote for it

the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Board of Directors

It’s difficult to drive down any road in the area without being bombarded by campaign signs. In fact, at times it is hard to determine which sign belongs to which candidate. Despite this chaos and confusion, we urge you to take a moment to educate yourself on the local school board elections. Last spring, many residents in our community participated in Education Matters. This public input process was designed to determine the community’s top priorities around education. Just as importantly, it was an initiative to re-ignite passion for education locally. More than 700 people added their voices to defining the top eight priorities to improving our education system. We are a community that cares about education.

Our community has done its job. The 700-plus people who participated in defining community priorities established these eight requirements for a superb school district: teaching a diverse curriculum; supporting quality teachers; individualized instruction; integrating cultures and successful language programs; teaching the whole child; promoting a safe, healthy environment; offering preparation for life programs; and maintaining and growing strong leadership and management.

It’s now time for all of us to do our job. In order to ensure the success of local schools, we need to have a school board that is thoughtful and visionary. We need to have a school board that embraces the values and priorities established by an engaged community.

Please take time to learn about the school board candidates. Read about them, attend candidate forums, and talk to your friends. Ask the candidates if they are willing to carry out the vision of the community as expressed through Education Matters priorities. Our school board has the capacity to take those overarching ideas and translate them into actionable changes and improvements in our local schools; we need to elect representatives who will do so.

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation is working to build a better community. As a board, we initiated Education Matters because a quality education system is a core component of a healthy and vibrant community, and an involved public is a core component of a quality education system.

The mandate from Education Matters participants pushed Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation to continue advocating for high quality education for children in Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. We recently committed to Phase

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Two of Education Matters. In this phase, the Community Foundation will oversee the launching of community committees to take core ideas and begin mobilizing community resources to better support our schools.

We hope that you will join us in the next chapter of Education Matters. Please come to the launch of the first committee ” the Safe, Healthy Environment Committee. The first meeting is Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m.at Sierra Mountain Middle School (call 587-1776 for more information).

In the meantime, become educated and learn about the people running for school board. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools. It’s a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Partnership is the new model for education. Join that partnership by voting for school board candidates who embrace Education Matters, our school-community partnership for success.