Do your homework on school board candidates
To the Editor: This year’s school board race in Exeter Township is heating up into an election. There are actually more candidates than there are open seats. As a citizen, I am always excited about having a choice! Yesterday, as a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), I received a letter from the Exeter Township Education Association, the teachers’ union.
The purpose of the letter was to inform me that ETEA had decided to endorse three candidates for school board because, “these candidates have the best experience and knowledge to positively serve our community, our students, and our taxpayers. What the letter does not tell you is that the ETEA did not see fit to afford every candidate the opportunity to interview with union leadership as part of their process to award their endorsements. How did they choose these candidates? Are they someone’s friend, relative, spouse, or a member of a “good” Exeter family? The “good ole boy” system in this community raises its ugly head more often then not.
This election should be the choice of the community. In particular the uncontested two year seat should not be another board appointment.
The possibility for the “Bender Scenario,” where an incumbent loses general election and then is re-appointed to the board is a real possibility!
I write to offer my fellow citizens a warning. Do your “homework” before you choose who you are going to give your vote. Be skeptical of these kinds of endorsements. Government and its ability to serve effectively is truly determined by the quality and integrity of whom we elect.