As a lifelong Duluthian, a graduate of our public schools, and the daughter of a school teacher, I am passionate about Duluth. I am actively committed to gathering a broad number of voices to the table, and enthusiastic about working alongside the Duluth Schools and community members to work on the next plan for success.
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The role of a school is to be a community center, let’s help them become that! I fully support the Community Schools Model, focused on supporting the whole-child from cradle-to-career.
I believe in an open dialogue around addressing the achievement gap, equity, and justice in our school system.
I am committed to transparency and community dialogue. We must expect fiscal accountability from our leaders and ensure that all decisions are truly in the best interest of our students.
“Harala, daughter to a Duluth teacher, becomes fiery when talking about the district’s achievement gap and discipline issues,” said a recent Duluth News Tribune article. “She said a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School told her recently that sometimes kids act out for attention and love. ’Sometimes they just need to know they are safe and loved,’ Harala said. ‘Fifteen minutes of reading with them could change their entire week, if they had someone look them in the eyes and tell them they are smart.’”
Read more about Annie from the Duluth News Tribune.
Two recent letters submitted to the Duluth News Tribune reflect support for Annie from across the community.
Laura Giavarini wrote “Harala is a genuine person committed to serving her community. Her wealth of experience and knowledge will be an enormous asset to the School Board. As the daughter of a school teacher and graduate of Duluth Central High School, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing our schools.”
Amanda Vuicich echoed this seniment, stating “Clearly, Harala’s combination of experience and knowledge of Duluth’s needs make her the ideal candidate. With her community- and health-focused background, she tackles the issues that are so important to fostering a healthy and well-rounded next generation.”
In a resounding endorsement, the Duluth News Tribune endorsed Annie for the School Board At-Large, stating:
“Harala is the easy choice. She works in the schools already, promoting healthy diets and behaviors as an employee of the Community Health Board for Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. She previously was a teacher in Yakima, Wash., and in inner-city Chicago. She also worked for the Duluth Area Family YMCA, coordinating its True North AmeriCorps program, which provides mentors, tutors and after-school programming to young people.”
Read the full article at the Duluth News Tribune website.
In a recent editorial column, Annie summed up her position and the heart of why she is running.
“I have chosen to run for school Board because I am for good education and want to ensure that the students that we are currently serving and students in the future have the opportunity to receive the first-class or better education than I received as a graduate of the Duluth Public Schools.”
Read the full article at the Duluth News Tribune.
During the recent candidate forum hosted by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Annie was asked her views regarding two education levy questions that will appear on the November ballot.
“I’m supportive of the first (question) so that we can continue with how we’re currently funding. And from the research that I’ve done and the folks that I’ve met, we’ll be able to start having class sizes go down a little bit. But the second level doesn’t just mean more teachers; it means more support for our students. … It would mean making sure we have strong curriculum that can be tailored to student needs.”
Read the original article from the Duluth News Tribune.
UPDATE : September 25, School Board sets preliminary levy.
The Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a School Board Candidates Forum. Hear what Annie had to say in the video below!
Annie Harala swept the primary and will move on to the November ballot for one of two At-Large seats for the Duluth School Board. Annie received 25.7% of the votes, giving her a 6% lead over the other candidates on the ballot.
View the election results from the City of Duluth.
Annie’s campaign launch was held at the Duluth Public Library with many supporters from the community in attendance.