|Today Saint Paul Public School students across the city return to the classroom ready to learn. Today also marks two months out from the election for three Saint Paul School Board seats. Last June the Saint Paul DFL voted in one ballot to endorse three excellent candidates for School Board. Here is your slate of 2017 Saint Paul DFL School Board candidates:
John Brodrick has spent a lifetime in our Saint Paul public schools. From Scheffer Elementary to Mechanic Arts High School as a student; and from Como Park Junior HIgh to Mechanic Arts to Washington to Como Park Senior High as a teacher; John knows the inner workings of a classroom and a school building. As a four-term school board member John understands the network of connections that our school district is composed of.
John has been an advocate for all of us in the classroom, in the community and on the Board. With a new superintendent and mostly newer board members, John’s experience is needed now as much, if not more, than ever.
Jeanelle ‘Jeannie’ Foster is a 25-year veteran educator, a single mother of two grown children and a community leader. Jeannie is grounded in a sense of purpose to give back, saying, “I am a reflection of the children and families I serve.” First elected to the Board to fill a vacancy during 2016’s special election, Jeannie is now running for a full four-year term.
On the SPPS Board of Education, Jeannie will continue to keep children and equity at the center of the Board’s decision-making and help schools be more responsive. She will work to ensure the District increases parent and family engagement to better support student success, and she will always prioritize students in funding decisions—she will continue to be their voice on the Board and make certain that all kids have access to the high-quality education they deserve.
Marny Xiong was born and raised in the heart of Saint Paul on Thomas Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood. Her parents were refugees who immigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Laos, and they instilled in her a dedication to education. She has been a community organizer for over 10 years and worked on various campaigns to fight for racial and economic justice. Her experience organizing with the Vote No Campaign, Take Action Minnesota, SEIU Local 113 and serving on various boards, such as the Payne-Phalen Neighborhood, has equipped her with the skillsets necessary to bring equity to Saint Paul Public Schools.
Marny is committed to collaborating with students, parents, unions, educators and stakeholders to ensure equity for all students, increased enrollment, and education achievement for college success.
We are back to school and ready to work. Join us to help get John, Jeannie and Marny elected on November 7th.
We look forward to working with you for the best Saint Paul Public Schools.