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Three Residents Join Forces To Run For Ann Arbor Schools Board Of Education

Jul 26, 2016

From L to R: Hunter Van Valkenburgh, Harmony Mitchell, and Jeff Gaynor running as a slate for Ann Arbor School Board.
Credit Harmony Mitchell / Facebook

Jeff Gaynor, Harmony Mitchell, and Hunter Van Valkenburgh have announced their candidacy for the Ann Arbor Schools Board of Education as a slate. 


The trio plans to campaign together and hope they get elected to change the direction of where the school board is going.  Candidate Harmony Mitchell explains.

"A lot of the decisions that the board has been making for the last two years have kind of been going in the trend of the state.  There's almost zero pushback with regards to what the community wants."

In addition to their similar views on state funding, they decide to go with a slate because they also agree that too much emphasis is put on standardized testing.  They also believe the teacher evaluation system as well as special education services need improvement.  

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu