Stephenson cites teachers' support
As a candidate for the Rapid City Area School Board, I am extremely proud of my endorsement from the Rapid City Education Association. I met with RCEA leadership and expressed my desire to collaborate with teachers and all other stakeholders. I believe that teachers, the school board and administrators should focus on the main goal: improving academic outcomes. If we do that, there will be less animosity between these groups. I did not make any promises, and no strings are attached to the endorsement.
I am a pediatric physical therapist, so I work directly with kids and families every day. I’m also a parent of an elementary school student, so I have direct contact with our teachers and administrators and regularly volunteer in classrooms.
My personal and professional experience, along with my ability to create solutions from all available information, will make for a more balanced school board. I look forward to working and serving as your school board representative for Area 5.
Weaver will put the students first
I am writing to support Tonchi Weaver for School Board. I have worked with Tonchi for over 25 years on projects to benefit the community, and she is a tireless principled conservative leader who will benefit the students, parents, teachers and taxpayers of Rapid City.
As the Rapid City Journal reported in their candidate voter guide, Tonchi opposes the disaster of Common Core and her opponent supports Common Core. Tonchi has been active and involved attending school board meetings and testifying in Pierre on education bills because she wants her grandchildren to have the best public education possible. She believes parents are the primary authority regarding the child, and schools should endeavor to support — not supplant — parents to provide a firm foundation so each child can achieve a successful satisfying life. She is determined to put children first and support parents, and she is also committed to let teachers teach and have freedom to innovate and mentor in their classrooms.
Tonchi will respect the taxpayer who expects wise use of their education dollars. She successfully led the opposition to the school board's attempt to increase taxes in 2015. I encourage you to vote for Tonchi Weaver on Election Day June 6th.