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Councilmember Carol Schwartz, Statement on
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June 26, 2000

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Schwartz to Vote No on Hybrid School Board Compromise At June 27, 2000 Special Election

Councilmember Carol Schwartz Released the Following Statement Today:

I was just in Midland, Texas this weekend for a high school reunion of graduates spanning 60 years. I used that occasion to talk about "Taxation without Representation" -- wanting more democracy for the citizens of the District of Columbia. That has always been my position. I voted over and over again last winter to put only an elected School Board on the ballot and, when it failed, I voted against putting the two issues on the ballot -- one, because I like having elected board members and feared their elimination, and two, because I feared the division which would be caused by these extremely different approaches.

The only exception was February 17th. It was on that day, when we could not get the needed 7 votes for an elected board, I ended up voting for the hybrid compromise because Mayor Williams had agreed to abandon his 5-member all appointed Board; because Alice Rivlin said that if the Mayor and the Council did nothing, that the Control Board would; and because Eleanor Holmes Norton said that if we did nothing, that Congress would -- thus I feared that any elected representation on the Board was doomed. However, tomorrow I am going to cast my vote for democracy -- and nothing less -- especially since there is no data to show where a non-elected Board improves the education of our children.

Tomorrow when I cast my ballot in the special election, I am voting my conscience and my real non-compromising feelings.

Tomorrow I am voting No to Proposed Charter Amendment III.

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