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Open letter to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees and Board of Education members.

My family enrolled in the San Diego Unified School District from a private school at the beginning of the 2009 school year. After a full year of seeing how the school board is run, I must tell you I am appalled to see that the School Board believes it should have its hand in local and national politics. My understanding is that a school board is to provide education to the district’s children, not run a register-to-vote campaign or condemn another district’s laws.

Friday, September 17, I received two emails from the school district regarding voter registration. The first was a test, the second, exactly the same but was the non-test email. While I agree it is important for all citizens to register to vote and actually cast their ballots. I do not agree that it is the business of the school district.

In May, “the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously to condemn Arizona’s new immigration law and will not let employees travel or do business in Arizona until they repeal the new legislation.” Agree with the law or not, how does this proclamation help our students get out of Program Improvement schools?

Each of you must know the database of district families’ email addressess is confidential, and should be used only for the business of disseminating district information, not political views or for purchase by outside entities.

Board members, get back to the business of educating our children and out of the business of politics.

Tacy Armstrong lives in Point Loma.

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