Saturday, May 9, 2009

Getting Education Right

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
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President Obama has made education a central focus of his efforts, and rightly so.  The future of America depends on getting education right.

Here in White Plains we have an opportunity to "get it right" by voting in the upcoming Board of Education election, when three of the seven seats -- almost half the Board -- are up for grabs.

Two of the candidates are current Board Members.  Attorney Peter Bassano, who has been the Board's representative in contract negotiations, and Board President Donna MacLaughlin are both seeking re-election.

The other candidates are
Jim Hricay, former White Plains Deputy Budget Director, now with the Stamford Budget Department;
Elsie J. Lahrmann, retired Director of Emergency Planning and a natural medicine practioner;
Reynolds Longfield, a former cosmetics sales and marketing executive, now an educator;
Augie Zicca, Jr., a retired Westchester County Correction Officer and former system analyst.

With the economy reeling, several of the candidates are sure to campaign on the power and precision of their budgetary axes.  But axes are for chopping, and education is about nurturing, pruning and, most of all, growth. Make sure the candidates you vote for have a plan for education, not just a plan for the budget.

You can help find the right candidates for the White Plains Board of Education by attending the Candidates Night, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of White Plains, which will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm in Room B-1 of White Plains High School. The proceedings  will also be broadcast several times on Channel 77.  Consult the channel guide for times.

And when you've selected three strong candidates, be sure to VOTE! The White Plains Board of Education Election and Budget Vote will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, from noon to 9:00 pm.  To find your polling place and for further information, please call 422-2000.