A candidate for Director, Pos. 5, Spokane Public Schools District 81 in the 2011 Washington General Election
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Former high school teacher
Brower, who is endorsed by the Spokane Education Association, ran against current board member Jeff Bierman last year and lost in the primary. The former high school teacher has two children in Spokane Public Schools. She is a member of the Chase Youth Commission, member of the board of directors at YWCA and chairwoman of for the Citizens for Spokane Schools. She is also a member of the district’s Middle School Advisory Committee.
An October debate for school board and mayoral candidates at Ferris High School was promoted as student-led and -run, from start to finish. But few, if any, of the questions were written by students; instead, many were submitted by a handful of adults with ties to the Republican Party, leaving at least two candidates who took part feeling duped, they said.
Campaign contributions for elected offices in state, county and city governments are limited to a maximum of $1,600. But smaller political races, such as school board, fire commissioner, park board and water district commissioner, have no limits. Washington voters in 1992 overwhelmingly approved restrictions on donations to legislative candidates and the law was expanded last year to include all county, city council and mayoral candidates.
Five Spokane residents want the chance for a voice on Spokane Public Schools’ board of directors. The candidates’ platforms range from one or two issues, such as math curriculum, to a broader view of holding the administration accountable for overall student achievement.