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Candidate's View: School boards need responsive members, multiple perspectives

I am honored to be a part of other communities throughout our city, including my work community at a downtown nonprofit serving youth who are at-risk, a majority of whom have experienced homelessness.

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Amber Sadowski

School boards need engaged, responsive, and forward-thinking board members who care deeply for all students and who keep their education and well-being at the heart of every decision made. Forward-thinking does not mean forgetting past decisions or their impact but honoring our past and future by learning and moving forward respectfully, strategically, and positively.

If elected, I promise to do this by thoroughly researching key issues and remaining open to new ideas; deepening community partnerships and utilizing them to better serve our students; actively listening to and communicating with parents, teachers, and community members; and being mindful and strategic with our district’s finances.

I decided to run for School Board based on my commitment to public education, our youth, and families. I am thrilled to be running for an at large seat and the opportunity to represent our whole school district and its community.

I will bring a balanced perspective and voice to the Duluth School Board. I’ve had children in Duluth’s public schools since 2010, and I have more than 10 years of experience working in education, including teaching in urban, suburban, and rural communities. I have experience working on boards and committees as well as reviewing budgets and navigating a myriad of complex needs and priorities.

In addition to my own neighborhood, I am also honored to be a part of other communities throughout our city, including my work community at a downtown nonprofit serving youth who are at-risk, a majority of whom have experienced homelessness.

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Mister Rogers once said, "As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has or ever will have, something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."

I am fortunate to have had a small role in the lives of many students, all of whom had unique gifts and strengths that made our schools better. When considering decisions that need to be made, I promise to remind myself that the impact of these decisions will impact individual students, all of whom have unique interests, skills, backgrounds, identities, cultures, and personalities. An integral part of this work will be prioritizing equity for BIPOC and LGBTQIA2+ students and addressing the opportunity gap.

Other priorities I look forward to working collaboratively with district leadership on include ensuring fiscal responsibility, balancing/lowering class sizes, increasing class offerings at the middle- and high-school levels, and improving transparency.

I am proud to be endorsed by the Duluth Federation of Teachers, the Duluth Central Labor Body, the DFL, LiUNA, AFSCME, and OutFront Minnesota. In a multitude of ways, each of these organizations has worked hard to promote equity in our district and community.

I would be honored to earn your vote on Nov. 2, and I welcome your questions, comments, and ideas.

Amber Sadowski is a candidate running for one of two open At Large seats on the Duluth School Board. She wrote this at the invitation of the News Tribune Opinion page. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Related Topics: DULUTH SCHOOL BOARD
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