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Claw back commercial tax breaks.

Barring adequate state or federal support, local governments must appropriately tax those who can most afford it. For far too long, the city has given handouts to rich real estate developers while regular people without backroom access to City Hall are forced to bear disproportionate costs. The school district should use its taxing authority to claw back those commercial handouts as public investments in our schools.

Defunding public schools is not an option.

I will fiercely oppose the Defund Public Schools Movement that uses “culture war” disruptions to create chaos which increases distrust in public institutions. This is a matter of real, material consequence to our community and needs to be recognized as the threat it truly is.

The school budget should be participatory.

The budget is a moral document. It is a direct reflection of our values as a community. The budget process should be participatory where possible.

Every kid has the right to universal free hot lunch.

That’s it. Full stop.

Parents shouldn’t have to provide supplies.

It’s absurd that working class parents have to bring boxes of supplies to schools every year while the state government refuses to invest its billions of surplus sitting in the treasury. Fargo schools must lobby for investments in public education and the resources our kids need.

Mental health issues don’t go away when the bell rings.

Problems like a lack of mental health resources don’t begin and end at the threshold of our school doors—these are community problems. In a city where it can take months to find a counselor, in a nation that doesn’t value health care, we need to find holistic solutions that involve all levels of society.

Selling off public land to private developers is a no-go.

One-time land sales by the district should only be considered as a last resort. The district should exhaust every possible productive use first. The district should research alternative revenue sources through such productive land use. For example, districts in Minnesota have considerably reduced energy costs by installing solar panels on their properties—that’s money saved for decades that could go right back into the classroom.

Schools should be within walking distance.

Building planning should be carefully considered to not contribute to endless urban sprawl, which increases overall costs to taxpayers. The rights of all Fargoans should be prioritized over real estate developers looking to turn a profit.

There will never be rich schools and poor schools in Fargo.

Boundaries must continue to be drawn based on equitable class and race lines. Voucher systems are merely a reintroduction of segregation.

Students learn where educators work.

To keep Fargo the best district in North Dakota, it is imperative to give educators the fairest contract possible, and to fight hard for funding increases, not just maintain stagnant revenue levels while basic costs continue to rise.

Transparency is paramount.

I have a track record of fighting for good governance and I’ll immediately work to strengthen internal board policies. It’s long past time for campaign finance reform in local races. At minimum, future candidates should be expected to publicly report where they get their campaign donations. The people have the right to know which candidates are bought and paid for and by whom.