LETTER: A vote for Johnson is a vote to keep school board elections non-partisan
We have trouble, right here in River City.
Three groups have united to try to elect a school board member who will not be good for educating our children.
Two of the groups are new. They have neat sounding names. One has “Mom’s” and “Liberty” in it. The other uses “Patriot.” The third is a political party whose leader is under indictment, is under investigation in many jurisdictions, and is known for berating anyone with a thought different from his.
The first two groups are not South Dakota based. They are sub groups of a broader national effort to “whitewash” history, ban books and control the education our children receive.
For the record, there are parental rights built into our school district’s procedures. There are procedures to put in and have books removed from the school library.
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Bottom line – currently parents have the rights they need to influence education.
The groups I mentioned above either don’t know that or are lying to you to scare you to vote “their way.”
There is one candidate who knows the truth, who speaks the truth and lives the truth. She is an educator. She has experience dealing with challenging kids. She has a daughter in an elementary school in Sioux Falls.
She is not running under any party banner. She is not involved with any outside pressure group.
I had the opportunity to hear her speak. As she finished, a friend sitting next to me said, “She’s a breath of fresh air.”
In these difficult times we need clear thinking, practical, creative, honest and intelligent people in public office.
The Sioux Falls School Board election is May 16. Early voting is happening now at the Instructional Planning Center 201 E. 38th Street.
My confidence and my vote are with Dawn Marie Johnson.
Rick Knobe tried winning the District 25 Senate Seat in 2020 as a carpetbagger from District 9 and while serving on the Board of Elections. I would run the other way from anything he supports.
This gentleman seems to engage in the logical fallacy of guilt by association. What is good for the goose ...
Ms. Johnson, has been generously supported by the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA), it’s worth noting that the SDEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA). In their 2021 annual meeting, the NEA adopted without modification New Business Item 39, which explicitly endorsed the use of the Critical Race Theory framework in developing and teaching school curricula. Our community has expressed firm opposition to the use of critical pedagogy in our public schools.