District 7. Jen Mieras, who runs a management and communications consulting company, has worked with large and small organizations in the private sector and government. She also has served as a board member of the district’s Orange Grove Charter School, a volunteer and substitute teacher. She lists among her priorities increasing respect for educators, not just with pay but by encouraging and supporting their innovations and sharing them across the district.
She understands the correlation between race, poverty and academic achievement and the district’s obligation to address the problem. And while we appreciate her support for universal pre-kindergarten programs, we would urge her to consider that if there has to be a tradeoff, another of her achievement-gap-closing ideas — using community partnerships to provide wrap-around services and additional support for those with greater needs — would be more worthwhile than offering free pre-K to better-off students.
Importantly, she recognizes that problem-solving and teamwork are critical components of a successful school board, and she is solidly committed to doing the public’s business in public except where the law requires it to meet in secret.
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