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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Local Teacher to Run for Roosevelt Board Seat

Patrick Burkhardt, a local second grade teacher and South Mountain District resident, has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Roosevelt Elementary School District Governing Board.  
 
“As a second grade teacher, I understand the value of a strong early education,” said Burkhardt about his decision to run. “We should not stand by as our leadership continues to fail our children. It’s time for a change.”
 
Burkhardt said his goals are clear. “When I am elected in November, I will demand accountability … starting with the school board. Our parents, our employees, and our business community must rally around our children.” 
 
He said he is troubled by the district’s history of financial troubles and poor educational decisions by its current board.
 
 “We are the most diverse and culturally rich community in Arizona. I see no reason why we are not leading the other districts in every measurable way. When it comes to the minds of our kids, we must not play politics,” he said.
 
Burkhardt has a history of public service. After receiving his under-graduate degree in Psychology, he began working as a counselor for physically and sexually abused children. He remained in the social services field for many years and later became a Phoenix resident. He began to work as an educator while completing a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
 
The election is slated for November 7, 2006.
 
For more information, contact Burkhardt at 602-705-2525 or visit Burkhardt4Roosevelt.com
 
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