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Whether we have children in the public schools or not we all pay to support these schools and have a vested interest in making sure our school system is well run and providing a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students. As they have done in past elections, the nonpartisan League of Women Voters ( in cooperation with the Beacon Journal put together a guide to provide voters with information about each candidate. Of course, that requires that candidates be willing to answer their questions. In the Woodridge School Board race, only two of the six candidates completely answered the questions posed and three did not answer at all. They were asked three simple questions. Why are you the best candidate for the office? What ideas do you have for ensuring safety in your school district? What is your position on the school`s role in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion? Only five of the six candidates appeared at the candidate forum held by 330toGo. I`m left wondering why folks who choose to run for a seat on the school board in a contested race would not want voters to know who they are or what they think is right for our schools.

Barbara Kaplan