TO THE EDITOR:
The Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States grant sovereignty to the states and to the people to assure local self-government. This is something the Anoka-Hennepin District 11 School Board gave away by their five-to-one vote in March to accept the federal consent decree concerning the lawsuit against our school district — effectively turning local sovereignty over to the federal Departments of Justice and Education for the next five years. Washington now has full power to monitor and dictate local school procedures and programs.
The cost for this? A staggering $1 million a year, for the next five years to fund the consent decree programs.
These school board members are good, nice, friendly people; but doesn’t it take more to lead when things get tough? Is handing our local schools over to the feds courageous leadership? One of the five, Mr. John Hoffmann, is now campaigning to be our Minnesota state senator. Mr. Hoffman also voted to overturn the sexual orientation curriculum policy.
If this nice man is our next senator, do you think he will have what it takes to protect our state’s sovereignty when difficult situations arise? Or will he default Minnesota’s sovereignty to Washington?
Senator Benjamin Kruse, the incumbent, has displayed strong, capable, effective, and firm leadership for the good of our state. He worked to reform school trust lands, supported the literacy-by-third-grade program, empowered local school districts to keep effective teachers during staffing decisions by removing seniority as a default evaluation criteria — all without the help of Washington. Who will be your choice in November? Senator Kruse will definitely be my choice.