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The Beat: One week to go until the school board election

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 8:26 a.m. CDT

With one week to go until the election for the board of Columbia Public Schools, reporter Ben Magnuson talks about some of the issues important in this race.

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Kelly Durante April 3, 2009 | 11:30 a.m.

We are all fortunate to have Michelle Pruitt on the ballot for the upcoming school board election. Pruitt has lived in the district with her family since 1995 and has been a CPS parent for thirteen years, with seven more to go. Pruitt’s background is in Physics and Mathematics. She earned degrees both here at MU and at the Scripps Institution in La Jolla, California. She is intelligent, insightful, and deeply invested in our public schools.

Pruitt has a familiar face and name for many in Columbia. Since her first public statement about the district’s math curriculum two years ago, she has become increasingly involved in district-wide issues dealing with achievement, instruction, and educational equity. She founded Columbia Parents for Real Math and has served on the middle school and elementary math curriculum committees, the Mathematics Community Advisory Committee, and the Achievement Gap Task Force. She also serves as treasurer for the Columbia Area Gifted and Talented PTA. As a board member, she would work hard to restore the public’s faith in the district by making sound budget decisions, focusing resources on the classroom, and following data-driven research to improve our schools.

Michelle Pruitt has a record of demonstrating her commitment through service. Her candidacy has at its core a sincere devotion to all of the children in our district, a profound respect for our brilliant teachers, and a heartfelt passion to empower and involve parents in the educational process. In short, she is dedicated to our future.

I encourage anyone who cares about the quality of public education in Columbia to join me in voting for Michelle Pruitt this coming Tuesday!

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