I remember Jason Lewis saying about the Iowa City school district’s diversity policy and Revenue Purpose Statement vote at a PTO meeting, “If we want our schools to look like what we say we want them to look like, we should support both.”
That sentiment is just as true about his candidacy for election. We say we want equitable neighborhood schools. Lewis supports a well-thought and reasoned approach to balancing disparate levels of socioeconomic status in our schools to ensure all students are academically successful. We say we want clear and transparent reasoning from the board. Lewis is a skilled writer and communicator and has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse constituents in his teaching and administrative roles.
We say we want to come together as one community district, rather than divide ourselves and “only look out for our own.” He has reached out to the whole district and has included city governments who, by their zoning authority, also have an implicit say in school board decisions.
The sentiment Lewis shared is as true now as it was in February: He will ensure our schools and school board look like what we say we want them to look like.
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