By Katy DeMeulenaere, Iowa City
I will be casting my vote for JP Claussen in the July 19 Iowa City school board special election.
As a parent of children who attend Alexander Elementary, it is discouraging to hear individuals in this community claim to know what is best for the students at our school. Many of the same individuals are decrying the current secondary boundary plan, claiming it overturns “thousands of hours of community input.” What these individuals fail to recognize is that the voices and concerns of Alexander (and Kirkwood) families were and have been continually dismissed in this discussion. To me, this election isn’t just about secondary boundaries, it’s about having a voice.
All schools in this district deserve to have a voice, especially our schools that serve our most vulnerable students. This is why we need JP Claussen on the board. Throughout his career in education, JP has been a fierce advocate for marginalized populations. His decade of experience as a special education teacher provides knowledge that is unmatched by any other candidate in this race. His role as the president and chief negotiator of the ICEA shows that he is a skilled communicator and will fight for what is best for students and teachers.
JP will bring his passion for social justice to the board table. He will make decisions that truly promote equity for all and not just for some. Please join me in voting for him on July 19.