Cook’s “enthusiasm, optimism and belief in the potential of every child will be a valuable asset on the school board.”
- Post Bulletin Editorial Board
“My wife of 17 years and I relocated to Rochester 5 years ago with our 4 kids. This fall we will have a 7th grader at Kellogg; and a 5th grader, 2nd grader, and kindergartner at Jefferson. I am troubled by the district’s stubborn inequities and challenging financial forecast, and I’d like to help navigate this chapter.”
- Justin Cook
Cook emphasized the importance of making students proficient in literacy by the third grade. He emphasized the importance of that during an earlier debate leading up to the primary election as well.
"Not only is ensuring that early elementary students achieve reading proficiency a moral imperative, but it's a strategic opportunity for the district," Cook said. "We can be a leader in the state“
"This is not your normal school board election. This is not a sleepy school board election where the consequences don't matter. There could be grave consequences this time," said Position 2 candidate Justin Cook.
“The decline in measurable academic student outcomes is a rallying cry moment. Our community’s future state is inescapably tied to the opportunities our students access in public schools” - Justin Cook
“My name is Justin Cook, and I am running for the board of Rochester Public Schools, position 2. I am running because I think it’s past time we add a parent’s perspective on our school board.” - Justin Cook
“I will focus intently on achieving reading proficiency by the end of grade three for every single student in our school system,” Cook said. “The science is in. The tools are available. We need to aggressively deploy them. It will be a game changer. It will change the amount of behavioral supports required by students in middle school. It will be such a worthy investment.” - Justin Cook
“Justin is tremendously competent and committed to education, and he has my wholehearted support" - quoting current school board member, Melissa Amundsen