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Tammy Owens, Fargo, Published September 19 2012

Letter: Baesler qualified to lead ND DPI

In this presidential election we are being told that we have a choice between two very different individuals and philosophies. The same can be said in North Dakota concerning the race for superintendent of public instruction.

Kirsten Baesler has spent her life in the education field, either as a teacher or administrator. Her opponent has spent very little of his time as a teacher, which was a number of years ago and mostly as a historian and environmentalist. So the question comes down to who we want to direct the education of our children. Do we want someone who has spent years working in education or someone who has spent years outside of the education field? I know I would feel better having someone in charge that has had her feet on the ground in the schools daily.

Baesler is familiar with the pros and cons in the public education system because she has spent years working in the system. In addition to knowing the teaching and learning issues, she also knows the business side and leadership side of managing schools. As president of the Mandan School Board for the past six years she has been responsible for a $3.3 million budget and over 500 employees. Under her leadership, students are achieving the top academic scores in the state. She has ideas to improve the schools because she has spent time talking to students, teachers, parents and administrators.

What has her opponent done? Not much. So, when it comes time to vote ask yourself if you want someone who has dedicated her life to school children or someone who is primarily a historian/environmentalist. Choose to vote for the true educator, Kirsten Baesler.