Louise Epstein CRUSHED School Board Chair Jane Strauss in their first debate held at McLean High School Monday night.
I know I’m biased as Louise’s campaign manager – but I have to say it – LOUISE ROCKED THE HOUSE – and that is not spin!
Did Jane Strauss even bother to prepare?
All she offered were platitudes of the same old rhetoric we’ve been hearing for years. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Strauss kept saying we have to prepare for the classrooms of tomorrow. Well it’s not like she hasn’t had THAT opportunity! She’s been there for 18 years. Why wasn’t she preparing her district (McLean, Great Falls and Herndon) for that at least a decade ago?!
Oh that’s right – she was too busy diverting money from McLean, Great Falls and Herndon to the rest of the county while her own constituents suffered with the largest class sizes and fewest resources. (And still do suffer!)
Janie’s lowest point, however, was her shocking attempt to take credit for FAIRGRADE. Janie was AWOL on this issue for nearly two years. I know because as FAIRGRADE’s Director of Communications, I was there and so was Louise. Here are the facts: Janie and Ilyrong Moon coerced another School Board member, Brad Center – who did all the behind-the-scenes whip count for FAIRGRADE – to let them make the motion on FAIRGRADE and save their political butts.
Moon, you may recall was running for Board of Supervisors at the time – a seat he lost. Janie was so badly floundering on the FAIRGRADE issue that her constituents were turning on her big time. So Brad threw Janie a lifeline and let her make the motion and a grandiose speech. Strauss can lie if she wants to but Louise and I – and the rest of the FAIRGRADE leadership team – were there. The facts don’t lie. Furthermore, if Janie was the leader she claims to be on this issue – why did it take two years to get FAIRGRADE passed? Pathetic.
During the debate Louise exhibited excitement, an extreme depth of the issues, and she provided fresh insight about her motivations to strengthen our public school system with new leadership. Many in the audience were surprised to learn that Louise grew up poor in New York’s projects with her mom and disabled father. She went to Harvard on financial aid. Louise conveyed how those experiences gave her a compassion for all kids because she’s experienced both poverty and prosperity in her own life.
Want to learn more? Here are my notes from the debate and a copy of Louise’s campaign spot.
The debate sponsors wouldn’t let us videotape the event. While the attachment below is not an official transcript, it does provide additional content from the debate. Please read it and share with others who are interested in the race for School Board.
If you have trouble viewing the embedded spot, click on this link and you will be directly routed to Epstein’s campaign spot: http://www.louiseepstein4schoolboard.com/adsvideos.htmlVodpod videos no longer available.
- Sun Gazette Coverage of Epstein vs. Strauss Debate (Sept. 28, 2011)
- Connection Newspaper Coverage of Epstein vs. Strauss Debate (October 4, 2011)
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