To the Editor: Current school system does not meet students’ needs

I am a candidate for the Rockford School Board Sub-District G. I am running for School Board because I am invested in and committed to this community.

I have been advocating for our children for 15 years. I know many of our kids don’t graduate, and most of our kids do not go on to college, yet our current curriculum is one size fits all; it’s geared toward the college prep student.

Also, we are not adapting to various learning styles in the classroom in order to ensure our students are engaged. We are not meeting the needs of MOST of our children. They are ill prepared for post-high school choices. I will be a voice for our students.

I began advocating for children when my oldest son started kindergarten, and it has continued as I was involved in PTO, Booster Club and Parent Council organizations.

My professional experience as a project manager for 23 years allows me to bring process management, organizational and problem-solving skills to the board.

I believe we must be good stewards of our resources, and I will be a strong voice for fiscal stability. Our investments must be in student-facing programs and initiatives, not legal fees, consultants or administrative overhead at the Board Office on Madison Street.

I will bring together parents, teachers and community members to address our shared concerns and move this community forward. I am asking for your vote on April 5.

Laura Powers
School Board Candidate
Sub-District G

From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue

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