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Voter's Guide: Brainerd School Board - Bill Cruz

Name: Bill Cruz. Qualifications: Father of five children, have worked in the public school system for many years as a Para Educator/Educational Assistant. Student of education at Bemidji State University where I'm completing requirements to becom...

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Bill Cruz

Name: Bill Cruz.

Qualifications: Father of five children, have worked in the public school system for many years as a Para Educator/Educational Assistant. Student of education at Bemidji State University where I'm completing requirements to become a licensed teacher after receiving my AAS, with honors, in Early Childhood Development and Guidance from CLC.

What do you want to accomplish if elected?: I would like to take the politics out of our educational system. For too long this bureaucracy has operated unchecked and unaccountable while continuing to ask and get more taxpayer funds. Unlike the popular but wrong perception of Conservatives, I do care about education and the children we are obligated to educate, and have spent most of my adult life doing so. We are passing on a great debt onto our kids and they need to be able to compete globally. We have to stop talking about doing better and actually do better.

Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals?: I would re-engage the parents and teachers into the conversation, the school board is in fact working for those entities. I would also look at where the monies are being spent, why is it that teachers and support staff are the ones struggling to provide good education? How many administrators do we actually need? After school programs too, if we are truly concerned about inactivity and obesity, why can't we have after school programs that don't strain a families check book. There are a number of options out there, let's look at them all.

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