Letter to the Editor: Vote JP Claussen for Iowa City School Board

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By Meghann Foster, Coralville

I will be casting my vote for JP Claussen on July 19.

The special education crisis in our district has, unfortunately, taken a back seat to the secondary boundary discussion. As the parent of two children who receive special education services and academic accommodations, I want to make sure we elect a board member who has the knowledge and experience to rectify this situation. JP’s experience as a special education teacher gives him an understanding of these issues that no other candidate has. As we move forward, it’s crucial that the board address our district’s special education problems in a meaningful way. I believe JP is the only candidate who has the ability to do that.

I also believe JP has the progressive vision we need to move this district forward. He doesn’t view vulnerable students as data points to be moved around. Because of his experience as a teacher, he knows that every child has unique gifts, and that a holistic approach to education is more effective than simply raising standardized test scores. JP knows there is much more to creating equity in our schools than evaluating percentage points on a graph.

I’m voting for JP because we need his experience as a special education teacher and his advocacy for progressive social issues at the board table. Please join me in voting for him on July 19.

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