Two more candidates joined the race for seats on the Durham Public School Board today, as Christine Baker filed to run against Nancy Cox in District 3 and John Tarantino filed to oppose incumbent Omega Curtis Parker and challenger Donald A. Hughes in District 1.
Tarantino (right), who along with Hughes ran for the City Council Ward 1 seat won last year by incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden, made a formal statement to Bull's Eye after filing:
"I feel that District 1, which is central and east Durham, needs a fresh set of eyes and ears that the incumbent lacks, as well as an independent point of view from the status quo," Tarantino said.
"I believe my 20-year teaching certificate and my 20 years' military reseve experience in administration eclipses the other challenger's experience. I think we need to look closely at reviewing our multicultural curriculum and social studies, be it Eurocentric, Afrocentric or Hispanic-Latino, to be sure we are covering what's supposed to be covered by state standards as well as covering ther community's needs.
"Finally, we need to look at hiring practices, from the superintendent right on down to the bus drivers."