The Polk County School Board always seems to attract trouble. This year, however, has been busier than most, and as a result the race for the District 3 seat is contentious and filled with candidates running to settle scores or represent themselves and/or big business.
Even worse, they have no real understanding of the difficulties students face because they haven’t been one themselves in 18 to 38 years, something which concerns me as education has evolved so much since the 1980s.
Out of the four candidates, however, one stands out and above the rest. Kala Tedder, a second-year college student is running on the platform of Students First, the very same motto recently adopted by the district.
Kala’s running for the right reasons. Her platform of less district standardized testing, prioritized student safety, growing the career academy program and giving teachers the support and resources they need is just common sense. It’s not a platform of a student but that of someone who wants to truly be a change-maker. And let's face it, our 100,000-plus students need at least one person on that board who represents their needs and can effectively advocate for them with other elected officials.
This is why I am strongly urging you to vote for Kala, as she’s the only person running that can provide the student perspective. To learn more about Kala Tedder and her Students First platform, visit her website: www.kalatedder.com.
OnDrew Hartigan, Lakeland