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In approximately 40 days, residents of Leavenworth County will have a primary election for members of the Leavenworth City Board and Commission. In the 2017 school and municipal elections, the turnout was 13.7%.

It’s incomprehensible. School board and city representatives are the closest government agencies that affect our daily lives. They affect the way our local schools maximize academic performance, attract and retain quality teachers and administrators, engage with parents and other members of our community, ensure that facilities are adequate and that schools are safe and prioritize spending.

Our Leavenworth Town Commissioners make decisions on zoning, downtown revitalization, special use permits, street and sidewalk maintenance, unsafe structure issues and appoint council members and local commissions. They provide the public with the opportunity to attend and speak at committee meetings.

But 86.3% of eligible Leavenworth voters didn’t bother to vote for those who interact with us and for us. Yes, there are family emergencies and sudden changes in work schedules or conflicts over youth activities. Things like these will affect a few voters, but the overwhelming majority of that 86.3% are either too lazy or don’t care how our cities and county are run.

The upcoming primary elections are extremely important because of the content of President Biden’s education plan.

The plan includes “(ensuring) that teachers receive competitive salaries and benefits.” Will the federal government determine how much teachers should be paid? Different localities have different tax bases. Leavenworth cannot have the same pay structure as Wichita or Overland Park or the more populous states Prepare for another tax hike.

The plan states that “every college and high school student (should have) a path to a successful career.” I can’t dispute the concept, but, again, who is paying for the new facilities and new trade school teachers?

Biden will triple funding from Title I funding for low-income families and districts. Awesome. Are we just printing more money?

Biden’s plan forgives student loans to teachers. Forgiving loans is a bad idea all around. Why just teachers? Where will he stop?

The plan provides for better facilities. We see the newly constructed facilities on the Warren School campus. Will our taxpayers’ money now be used to fund schools in New York?

There are potential issues that our local and national school boards may face sooner or later.

One can hardly miss the television reports on what is happening in the schools of our country.

I have written twice about allowing boys who identify as girls to participate in school sports as women. I have provided data as to why this is a very real problem. Biden’s education department appears to be siding with allowing transgender people to participate.

The teaching of history is a big and burning issue. Residents of Leavenworth County should challenge each school board candidate to explain their views on Project 1619, Critical Race Theory and whether the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are racist.

Will Biden’s education department dictate how teachers should address students when words like him, his, her and her are deemed non-inclusive?

Rutgers University and so-called academics at other universities are calling for ebonics, slang, and what most of us would call bad grammar to be accepted as proper speech and writing.

Almost all the countries of the globe are united by a common language. English has been the language spoken here since the arrival of the first British settlers in 1607. Nonetheless, there are those who reject a common language in favor of any form of speech someone chooses to use.

The Democratic plan proposes that 35,000 to 60,000 new psychologists and additional counselors be placed in schools. Only more taxes can pay them. With federal money comes the federal strings. Do we want the federal government to tell us which line these people should tow?

We need members of those school boards who are unwilling to embrace the “awake” agenda, the federal takeover of local school boards and efforts to revise our history.

For you 86.3%, watch what happens and vote for school board candidates who will protect our children from the whims of the left and the Biden administration. Vote for the municipal commissioners who will serve us best.

Rich Kiper is a columnist for the Leavenworth Times.


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