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Kushner touts her ‘thoughtful leadership’ on Wake school board

Christine Kushner files Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Wake County Board of Elections for re-election to the Wake County school board. Kushner is seeking the District 5 seat.
Christine Kushner files Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Wake County Board of Elections for re-election to the Wake County school board. Kushner is seeking the District 5 seat. khui@newsobserver.com

Wake County school board member Christine Kushner says she will work on continuing the progress made on increasing school funding and strong academic programs if she is re-elected to another term.

Kushner, who filed for re-election Monday, is promoting the work she’s done on the school board since being elected in 2011, including her two years as chairwoman. In a press release, Kushner said she’s “focused on strategies to secure needed funding for public education, to expand opportunities for students in order to reduce disparities, and to develop stronger academic programs and policies for our school system.”

“I have brought thoughtful and practical leadership to the Board of Education,” Kushner said in the press release. “I am inspired by our teachers and students, and I hope to continue to serve on the Board so that I can advocate for needed resources and sound policies for our school system.”

Kushner, a writer and policy analyst, was elected in 2011 as part of a Democratic sweep that flipped board control from a conservative Republican majority.

“I want to help our school system achieve its strategic goal for 2020 — to graduate at least 95 percent of our students ready for productive citizenship as well as college and career,” Kushner said in the press release. “I know we have to educate every child in our schools to make that happen.”

Kushner listed several things she believes in, such as increasing stability in student assignment and improving collaboration with local public officials. One of the people quoted in Kushner’s press release is Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles.

“Christine is a strong supporter of all Wake County Schools,” Eagles said. “She is intelligent as well as personable, and without her on the Wake County School Board, there would be a vacuum that could not be filled.”

Kushner was the first candidate to file in District 5, which includes parts of Morrisville, Cary and midtown Raleigh

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