We found an endorsement on Susan Booton’s Facebook page for the four Union-pick-their-own-boss candidates, followed by a very partisan attack against the slate of candidates who want to open the schools full-time for in-class education. She writes “By accepting this partisan endorsement for a non-partisan position, this slate of candidates demonstrate that they embrace…” I wonder, is Ms. Booton really that unaware of her own partisan actions?
How many of you think it is “fair” that we are paying FULL-Taxes for public schools that are providing only part-time education? How many students are falling behind? Why isn’t the district pushing back against un-funded state mandates, and changes to curriculum that are politicizing education while leaving less precious class time for the basics like Reading, Writing & Arithmetic? It is time to pay attention, & VOTE!
Ms. Booton is a current CUSD 200 School board member, who prior to being elected was a well paid vendor of the district. Their firm provided referendum videos. If you search for “Booton” on DuPageWatchdog.org you will find several articles that reference her or their company, Ivor Andrews a.k.a. Boost Marketing.
I totally disagree with Ms. Booton on which candidates will be best for the Students & the community. I am endorsing the slate for CUSD 200 (last four on the ballot- Nickell, Evans, Spans, and Blatner). They are people who actually care about the kids. They know something is very wrong. I’m sure you sense it too. They want to fix it. I trust them to do their best. True, they are not polished politicians – this year that may be exactly what we need. The other choices represent the status quo – Rubber Stamp-ers who will go along with whatever the superintendent wants. We had excellent schools in the not so distant past. what happened? Test scores were falling pre-Covid – since Covid, it’s been part-time education with no standardized testing.
The following is what “Susan Edelman Booton” posted on FaceBook, in Italics with my thoughts in .
Our right to vote is a sacred one. We have free and secure elections so that we can elect those that best represent the beliefs for which we stand. In my work over the years with various local campaigns, I have always said that my main goal is for people to have accurate information with which to make their decision. How they then vote is completely their right and choice.
[ I recall mis-leading information in videos Boost Marketing produced, for example: https://dupagewatchdog.org/2017/02/24/cusd-200-video-180-is-misleading/ ]
There are four candidates running as a slate at the bottom of the ballot for the CUSD 200 School Board. These are people who hastily put together their filing papers in the last few days before filing ended with the sole purpose to open schools by any means. According to their Daily Herald responses, they have little to no service experience in any capacity within our district schools. While they can show up at a bar– maskless, in close contact, and not supporting a local district business–to answer questions from their own supporters, not even one could make time to answer rapid-response questions from the general public at an event hosted by the League of Women Voters, a well-respected forum for local elections that has been taking place for years.
[The League of Women Voters leans hard Left, like Ms. Booton. While they collect questions from the audience, their members choose which ones are actually asked.]
In addition, these four candidates–Nickell, Evans, Spans, and Blatner– are endorsed by former Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives as evidenced by this photo from the recent aforementioned gathering (which was also hosted by a proud attendee of the January 6 insurrection on our nation’s capital). By accepting this partisan endorsement for a non-partisan position, this slate of candidates demonstrate that they embrace what Ms. Ives has repeatedly and unapologetically stood for over the course of her career, which was summed up in her campaign ad that aired a few years ago in her run for Governor that was called “the most sexist, racist, homophobic, and hate-filled ad” ever seen and people across all political affiliations condemned it. She also has a well documented history of aggression towards teachers and their union.
[Sue, your hard-Left partisan-ship is showing.]
[BTW: Ms. Booton’s endorsement is now posted “public.” ]
In a public video posted of this event, these four bottom candidates were taking audience questions. Below is a direct transcript of one question and answer from one of the slate candidates:
“Q: How will you handle other Board members saying “No” to full time 5 days in person?
A: There are seven people on the Board, four of them up for re-election, mathematics tells me that if four people vote one way, you have the majority. Which is why it’s important for not just me to get in, not just one of us, all four of us need to get in. We have control right away. All four of us get in, the president gets voted out. We can elect a new president. So if all four of us are in, we get to control that. We get to dictate that. And we have the deciding vote, between all of us. So, again, don’t just vote for one of us, vote for all four of us, so we have the ability to fight that.”
[So? They agreed to stick together on the selection of a board president and on insisting that the district get back to full-time student EDUCATION. You have a problem with that?]
No mention of student needs. No mention of open-mindedness. A crystal-clear intention to not collaborate in any way with the other three sitting School Board members who were duly elected for their views and experience. By hitching their slate’s horse to Ms. Ives’ hate-filled wagon, they clearly demonstrate that they do not care about equity and making our schools a safe place for ALL students and staff. Through their own words, they only care about power and control. Control over your children’s safety while only having their own in mind. Control over the education your child receives at their sole discretion. They will just get rid of what doesn’t serve their own personal interests. Just the four of them. Everyone else, well…as they said, they’ll dictate that.
[Jeanne Ives is NOT “Hate-filled.” This post by Ms. Booton is. ]
A CUSD 200 School Board member serves and represents 12,000 students over a four year term. Information is important. Be sure you have it before you vote.
[Yes, check out what really has happened in CUSD 200 – that did not make the main stream news, or the district news letter. You can find history, here on DuPageWatchdog.org]
[Check “Susan Edelman Booton” Facebook page for all the public comments on this post. Here are a couple from politicians (Erica Bray-Parker is on Wheaton city council) and relatives of school board members Booton or Paulsen.]