STAND does not condone the personal attacks or uncivil tone of some recent statements against the charter or its supporters. We remain committed to civil, fact-based engagement, and we ask our neighbors, whatever their point of view, to do the same.
From the start, STAND has voiced our commitment to respectful civic engagement. On January 16, 2017, we wrote:
"We acknowledge that people sometimes disagree, strongly, and we ask that our entire community commits to doing so respectfully. We are one community, and while we may have different opinions and goals, we are still neighbors, teammates, and even friends."
We all must remember that this is a public policy debate about how to spend our community’s education funds and about the future of public education in our state and nationwide. While each of our children are being affected by the opening of the charter, and thus emotions run high, we must not give in to contempt for those with whom we disagree. Every one us can do better to show respect and compassion for one another.