Etim announces candidacy for Osseo School Board

Linda Etim is announcing her candidacy for the Osseo School Board.

Etim served on the school board January 2004 to December 2008 and says she thought a lot about whether to run again. She concluded that as long as she’s a member of the community, she must give back to the community.

“As a member of the school board, my goals are simply to serve,” she said in a statement.

Etim says she takes joy in watching children succeed in school and takes their education seriously.

She believes the school board must hold the district accountable for fulfilling its mission to “inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.”

With research indicating a wide achievement gap in Minnesota, Etim says as a board member she would focus on eliminating that gap in District 279.

Etim also cites the link between academic failure and higher incarceration rates as evidence of the need for adequate education funding.

“If we don’t pay now we simply pay later, and the cost to incarcerate is greater than the cost to educate,” her statement said. “However, if the school district expects the taxpayers to approve tax increases to fund education, then they must show outcomes.”

Her statement said the discussion around “evidence-based learning” must focus on finding ways to produce positive outcomes for all children.

Etim says she believes in the school district, its students, its teachers and its parents.

“I believe that we all want the same thing,” she said. “It will be an honor and a privilege to serve this district and I look forward to getting your vote.”