Note by Dave Kristopeit – On occasion I will publish letters from other members of the community. This is one of those occasions.
At the RUSD Board meeting on Monday September 25th, the Board authorized that a letter be sent to our area congressional legislators supporting new legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It was strongly supported by five Board members and would be signed by Superintendent Lollie Hawes.
In 2012, the Obama administration created DACA with one of his executive orders after Congress was unable to pass a law protecting children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. In early September, President Trump announced plans to rescind Obama’s executive order and directed Congress to develop a solution to the problem. What people fail to realize is that Obama’s executive order was illegal in the extent that only Congress has the power of writing laws on immigration. Apparently, the members of the RUSD Board are uninformed of these facts.
While the RUSD Board is spending their time writing letters to congressional legislators, students in our district have English scores almost 20 points lower and math scores 21 points lower than the state average for the 2016-17 school year. Our students are also at the bottom of the list of the school districts in the county. Is it any wonder that Mount Pleasant and Caledonia are seeking to establish their own school districts?
What Superintendent Lollie Hawes and the RUSD Board should be focused upon is solving our educational problems and not getting involved in political matters.