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WMUK reached out to each of the candidates running for Board of Education in Kalamazoo and Portage. Here you can listen to interviews with the four candidates who are actively campaigning in Kalamazoo, and one candidate from Portage.

An Interview With KPS Board Candidate Tandy Moore

Sehvilla Mann

Community organizer Tandy Moore says that if she's elected to the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education, she'll work to fight "implicit bias." 

"I think that we have institutional racism in KPS that isn't acknowledged, it isn't addressed the way that it should be and because of that we're seeing huge disparities in our graduation rates, in our suspensions and expulsions, just in our academic outcomes as well as in our juvenile arrest rates," she told WMUK.

In an interview about her candidacy, Moore discusses her position on the district's dress code, school buildng security, the need she sees for "restorative justice" and more transparency and for KPS to hold public forums where residents can share their views with trustees.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.