Endorsement shows wrong focus

Amazing and distressing that the Herald Editorial Board would endorse Jessica Olson for the Everett School Board over Karen Madsen. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that The Herald shares Ms. Olson’s goal of making every single thing about the school district open to the public regardless of the laws designed to protect the privacy of students, families and district staff.

But I share Karen’s goal of adhering to the laws about protecting student and staff privacy where needed, as well as her goal of focusing on continuing to improve the achievement levels and graduation rate of our students. As for the hiring of the new superintendent, I have met Mr. Cohn at three separate events and am extremely impressed with his background and plans for the future. He is an incredible asset to our school district. I was also a part of the public meetings where our school board members, including Karen Madsen, listened to parents state what qualities they believed were important for our future superintendent. I do not remember seeing anyone from the Herald staff or Ms. Olson at this open forum.

I am a member of four different Everett PTAs and my children attend three Everett public schools. I would never vote for or endorse a candidate whose children attend private school. Karen Madsen’s children went to public schools in our district for all of their 13 years. The Herald was off-target in its endorsement — I am voting for Karen Madsen.

Jennifer Harbo


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