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School Board debate gets personal

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School Board debate gets personal

By Warren Wright. CREATED Sep 4, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The gloves are off in what is turning out to be one of the most competitive races in the upcoming November election.  

 Lee County School District board member Don Armstrong squared off Thursday morning against the man who wants his old job back, Steven Teuber.
 
This debate got personal as the discussion focused on finances and mortgage payments along with the real issues of building a better school district.
 
Teuber says Armstrong's promises to reduce spending and reduce bus commutes have fallen flat.
 
"We've transported 11% more kids and our transportation costs have gone up 17%," says Teuber.
 
Armstrong says Teuber's accusations are misleading.
 
"Just in case anybody hasn't figured out so did fuel.  That's kind of why the transpiration cost went up," says Armstrong.
 
Tueber has been on the record saying the vote to opt out  of standardized testing was bad policy and poor planning. 
 
"We have to have school board members that have relationships with the state legislators and be able to go up to the state legislation and work with them on these issues and be able to get these things done," says Teuber.
 
Armstrong explained it was his relationship with state legislators that gave him the courage to vote for opting out of standardized testing.
 
Armstrong says elected officials told him, "We need your help.   We need your communities help to stand up."
 
Teuber says he hasn't seen much in the way of financial support.
 
Armstrong however, says he is starting to get financial aid from people all across the country for his stand to opt of common core.

 

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Warren Wright is a video journalist for FOX 4.