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New Clover Park school board member compares himself to Gov. Glenn Youngkin

The board’s seven-year president, Marty Schafer, was voted out last month by 88 votes, replaced by a newcomer who has never held public office.

Board member David Anderson, the school board’s newest addition, was sworn in to office on Dec. 13 after months of campaigning and in excess of $10,000 spent.

The Washington Association of School Administrators’ Executive Director Joel Aune said he fears the increased politicization of school boards. “We have seen a disturbing trend of increasing numbers of individuals getting onto school boards, and bringing some of that lack of civility that’s coming on to the board now with a higher degree of frequency than what we’ve seen,” he told The News Tribune. “It’s got our attention, and it is concerning.”

In an interview with The News Tribune, Anderson compared his run to Virginia’s gubernatorial race, where Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly won, largely due to his on his promise of more parental control of education. 

Youngkin’s competitor, Terry McAuliffe, told Virginia he didn’t “believe parents should be telling schools what they should teach” on the campaign trail, which became a focal point of negative ads by Youngkin. 

“It’s a tremendous help to know that parents and the people want control of their child’s education,” Anderson said. “If we don’t respect people for their decisions there is a huge pushback and Terry McAuliffe paid that price. He said parents don’t have a role in their education, that’s why he lost.”

Marty Schafer was on the board for 16 years. He worries that this race is part of a larger trend in school board races. Schafer, who identified himself as a conservative, said school boards are not the place for politics. “When you start ceding public schools to politicization, public education is in the balance,” Schafer said.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE NEWS TRIBUNE

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