Eric Jensen is the lone challenger facing three incumbents in Springfield's School Board election next Tuesday. The trial attorney and self-described conservative boosted merit pay, busted unions and predicted the eventual downfall of No Child Left Behind at a League of Women Voters Forum Tuesday night.
But he faces Andy Hosmer, School Board president Kris Callen and 15-year board veteran Bruce Renner in a top 3 out of 4 campaign.
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"I don't have a lot of history with the district. Some see that as a weakness. I see it as a strength," said Jensen, noting he doesn't have the baggage that's tied to certain education interests and constituencies.
During the hour-long forum at Weaver School, Jensen mentioned merit pay twice, warned that union leaders don't always have the best interest of the children in mind, and pledged to go line-by-line through the budget to find savings.
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