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Chippewa Falls High School senior launching school board campaign

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- A Chippewa Falls High School senior wants a say in her education, so she's launching a run for the school board. However, her age is keeping her off the ballot.

Jillian Raschke got all the required signatures to qualify for the race, but because she was 17 at the time, the paperwork needed to be filed she will not be included on the ballot.

However, she can still be elected because she'll be 18 by the time of the election.

Now, she plans to go door to door again, to get the required signatures to be a registered write-in candidate.

Raschke decided to run for school board after taking an American government class at the beginning of the school year.

She said she wants to bring a younger perspective to the school board.

Raschke said she wants to be a full board member, rather than a student representative so her voice is given equal weight.

If she's elected, Raschke wants to change how grades are handed out.

"I think the biggest issue for me right now is standards-based grading because having not gone fully through it yet but having heard the stories of people who have, I just don't think it's working in the way our school intended it to," Raschke said. "I think that we really need to keep the percentage grading system because it's what we're all used to."

Raschke said middle schoolers are using standards-based grading which gives students a grade from one to three which includes progressive, proficient and not achieved yet.

She said that the grading system doesn't properly reflect what a student has learned.

Raschke said she hopes to get her paperwork filed by March 9, so she can officially begin campaigning for the April election.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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