It looks like we now have the person who will emerge as the standard bearer in District 6 for supporters of the old diversity policy.
Christine Kushner, a longtime school volunteer, magnet parent and member of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, announced today that she would seek the District 6 seat on the Wake County school board.
Her press release hits on the same themes echoed by other critics of the board majority. She talks about the need to make data-driven decisions and avoiding creating low-performing schools.
“I have worked inside the classroom with students and teachers and outside the classroom on committees with teachers, principals, and superintendents,” Kushner said. “In the past decade, I have seen firsthand the excellence of our system, and I have also seen the work that needs to be done, especially in reducing the achievement gap and achieving success for all students. We need data-driven solutions for our children.”
Kushner is a longtime magnet parent with children attending Enloe High School. She applied in 2009 for the District 6 seat after Beverley Clark resigned but Carolyn Morrison was appointed to fill the vacancy.
Morrison's official announcement Thursday that she wouldn't run this fall opened the way for Kushner.
Supporters of the old diversity policy are speaking out on Kushner's behalf.
“Christine has the leadership and broad educational experience that we need on our school Board,” said Virginia Parker, a Sanderson High parent and former Wake County PTA Council President, in the press release.
The word is that Anne Sherron will be helping Kushner as opposed to running herself.
Like Morrison, Kushner is a registered Democrat.
The recently revised school board election boundaries expanded District 6 by nearly 30,000 people. It stretches from areas inside the Raleigh Beltline up through the North Hills area into North Raleigh. It also now has the second-highest percentages of registered Democrats of any of the nine school board districts.
No other candidates have announced yet for the District 6 seat. The filing period starts July 25.