Steve Benasso: No more inflammatory comments from school board |

Steve Benasso: No more inflammatory comments from school board

Steve Benasso

The two biggest hurdles in the current debate over “equal access” in our school system are these:

1) The school board’s apparent unwillingness or inability to communicate (without bias) the true definition of equal access, other options that were or should be considered and the simple facts about what is currently happening in our classrooms.

2) The rift between the school board and the community caused entirely by the board president and several other board members who insist on using inflammatory language and terms when describing a community’s sincere attempt to educate itself in order to make the best decisions possible for all students. Reference Jon Kreamelmeyer’s recent accusations of “racism” and this paper’s reporting of Margaret Carlson’s use of the term “propaganda’ to describe the only objective facts yet presented in this debate.

(To read the research done by the community and its efforts to present facts in an objective format, visit

Kreamelmeyer and Carlson should either immediately resign or recuse themselves from any further debate or vote on this subject. They have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they are incapable of objectivity. Any debate or vote that follows Superintendent Pace’s “Task Force” should be done in front of the new school board following November’s election. The current board is tainted beyond repair, and will never be trusted to reach objective conclusions.

The Summit County community of concerned parents has done nothing more than attempt to establish a mature dialogue on this issue using facts and intelligent debate. Ironically, this is what school boards are elected to do. It’s time they did it.

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