Thank you to Steve Penn for his column “School oversight plan undemocratic” (2/3, Local). In the article, Spark Bookhart, who is leading a fight against state legislation that would change the Kansas City school board from an elective body to an appointed one, suggested that I support an appointed school board for Kansas City.
Serving in the Missouri Legislature, I have studied many proposals touted as fixes. Some are good; some are bad. But I think it is important that I research all options. Upon discovering the best idea, I will present it to the people so we can decide as a community through election.
I will not stand by as our children lose opportunities due to lack of education. They didn’t fail the system; the system failed them.
If I am wrong for listening to an idea, if I am wrong to explore any opportunity to provide a quality education, or if I am wrong to fight for the people of my community to ensure that our children are not ignored, then I don’t want to be right.
Missouri Rep. Leonard “Jonas” Hughes IV
Democrat, Kansas City