I have waited years for education to become the center of a national conversation, but this is not what I had in mind.
I have been directly involved in education through my children and my many years of volunteer work. I have worked with students, families, teachers and administrators. I have been in classrooms, in buildings and on field trips to see things firsthand.
Our schools are experiencing an unprecedented crisis, and April Berg, who is running to represent the 44th District in the State House, is the candidate to meet this moment. During April’s time as a school board director in Edmonds and Everett, I have witnessed her leadership in action and her passion for equity in education.
We will be facing distanced learning for the foreseeable future. Even if a miraculous turnaround in case numbers allows all our children to return to the classroom this year, it will not make up for the instruction time we have already lost. Our families, teachers, administrators, and school boards are doing everything they can to give students the best education possible under these circumstances, but without coordinated help from Olympia, it will not be enough.
We need legislators with real expertise on Washington’s education system and the many challenges it is facing. The time to act is now because we cannot afford to wait. We need to elect leaders with the knowledge and experience to start problem solving on day one. This fall, that starts with a vote for April Berg.