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POV | New Players in School Board Races Even the Playing Field

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In reporter Chris Otts' Sunday Edition piece on WDRB.com, he details the efforts of the Bluegrass Fund -- a new political action group of prominent local businesspeople -- to financially support the candidates they favor in this year's School Board elections. Some have complained about what they call an unfair influx of “big money” into the school board races, aimed at ultimately undoing the current student busing plan.

But the complainers are missing one critical fact: “Big Money” has long been influencing our school board races in the form of the Jefferson County Teachers Association. For many years, they've supported their own favored candidates through their own political action committee. And while I defend their right to do that, their favored candidates have consistently had a pretty intimidating advantage over anyone else in the race.

The Bluegrass Fund is simply a welcome counter-balance to JCTA. Yes, its members are wealthy. But a look at the list of its contributors reveals a who's who of business leaders whose accomplishments have benefited our community in countless ways. Why should they be condemned for trying to help improve the way we run our schools as well?   

I think it's refreshing to see such important people getting involved in what is probably this city's most important issue. But what do you think? Call and tell us.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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