Seattle School Board District 4 candidate Laura Marie Rivera is a practical, student-focused candidate who would bring needed perspective to a board that too often loses sight of its essential responsibilities.

She understands that Seattle Public Schools students have diverse post-graduation aspirations, and that it’s the district’s job to help prepare them for those futures. In an endorsement interview this summer, she consistently focused on the real-world impacts of board decisions on students and their families — a refreshing change.

Seattle Times editorial board endorsements: Nov. 2, 2021, general election

When asked then about the district’s lack of responsiveness to parents’ concerns about a homeless encampment on district-owned land Broadview-Thomson elementary school, for example, Rivera said the district has a “big heart,” but needed better plans and policies to ensure that school days aren’t disrupted.

When asked about common complaints that the board gives little notice of important decisions and scant opportunity for public comment, she observed that the parents’ feedback is not reflected in board decisions. She vowed to hold monthly meetings with parents and other stakeholders to build lines of communication.

Also running for the seat is Vivian Song Maritz. Maritz is a Harvard-educated mother of four who established residency in the district so she could run for the position.

Rivera is the best choice.