We’ve finally been told what’s behind the Red Plan – “equity.”
It means that western
Our School Board has twisted the law - ignored petitions -
handed public decisions to a private corporation - lied about how generously it
would pay the corporation - threatened our children to renew a levy - threatened
homeowners with eminent domain. Now, Board member Cameron wants to remove
Gary Glass because he asks too many questions – few of which have been
answered or answered honestly. This madness must end before more of our children
become refugees in surrounding school districts. 325 students open enrolled in
Hermantown this fall. That’s 16% of their total student body and they have a
waiting list. Proctor and Wrenshall send buses into
Let Duluth Vote will take the School Board to court and not for a trivial offense like ignorance or arrogance. We will take them to court for stealing our right to vote. We will seek a court injunction to stop the Red Plan until it can be put to a vote. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that our right to vote is so fundamental to democracy that it deserves special protection. Half-a-dozen other laws may also have been violated to force the Red Plan down our throats while the School Board gloated that nothing could stop them. Their boast must be put to the test.
The School Board spent $70,000 threatening our children with disaster – “no school in January” - if we didn't renew the 2003 operations levy. That threat came with a promise not to use operating money to pay for the Red Plan. But once voters approved the levy the school board broke its promise and "borrowed" $5 million from school operations to pay for the Red Plan. Blackmail and deceit have no place in our schools.
If just 5,000 of those 35,775 “no” voters sent us a $10 contribution Let Duluth Vote could stop the Red Plan in court. We only have to delay construction until the Court orders a binding referendum and/or until we elect four new school board members - a majority - in November. In 1978 Morgan Park parents took a previous school board all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court and delayed the closing of Morgan Park High for a year. We’ll do the same. We will win.
It’s going to be a tough holiday season for many this year, but there could be no finer gift for our children than defending their democratic rights and their schools. Please remember that when you decide what to contribute. Make checks out to “Let Duluth Vote.”
PS: Tell the School Board what
you think: Superintendent, 215 N 1st. Ave E.,