League of Women Voters host Rochester school board candidate debates

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(ABC 6 News) -All month long, the League of Women Voters is hosting candidate forums.

Monday evening, Rochester School board candidates took part in the debates at the Rochester Public Library.

School board seat 6 candidates Cathy Nathan and Elena Niehoff were the first to take the stage during the debate.

Jean Marvin and Kimberly Rishavy also squared off vying for seat 5.

Candidates took on a variety of topics from falling test scores to an increase in violence.

“My opponent and the current school board members are putting equity ahead of academics, discipline, and the problem with the inappropriate books in the library, and social agendas allowed in the classroom,” Seat 5 candidate Kimberly Rishavy said.

Transparency was another issue that arose from voters as they wanted to know if they would be able to know the curriculum that is being taught.

“When parents want to know what’s being taught in the classroom we tell them to start with their student’s teacher, our teachers do an excellent job of sharing curriculum often day by day, week by week, month by month in calendars, newsletters, through google classrooms, and emails,” said Seat 6 candidate Cathy Nathan.

The League of Women Voters is hosting additional debates in October. For more information, click here.