LETTER: Specious data used in effort to recall top-rated district’s board

To Ozaukee Press:

The arguments being made in support of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board recall are factually inaccurate. In citing data taken out of context, the arguments are also misleading and disingenuous. The truth, on the other hand, is quite simple, and the facts speak for themselves:

The most recent school report card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ranks MTSD ranks second overall in the state. In 2019, the district’s Homestead High School ranked third in state public high school ACT scores.

For the 2020-2021 academic year,
MTSD delivered 40 weeks of full-time in-person instruction, while a significant portion of U.S. school districts could not. In doing so, MTSD met the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that schools prioritize in-person learning.

We as a community should be proud of the strong academic performance of our school district, especially in the face of incredible challenges during an unprecedented pandemic. A recall election, which would be paid for by taxpayer dollars and divert funds from the school district, does not serve the interests of our students or our community. Armed with the truth, I hope our community can avoid this costly, disruptive, and unnecessary recall.

Neda Esmaili

Editor’s note: This letter and the adjacent letter from Jennifer Mackinnon are in response to the campaign by a group of parents to recall four members of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board and replace them with candidates the group has recruited. It has been reported that recall organizers find fault with board decisions concerning pandemic protocalls, student achievement and critical race theory. They have several more weeks to get the required 4,200 signatures for the recall petition.



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