Eleven candidates are vying to fill two open seats on the state Board of Education. 

We believe that balance is important in politics, that the public’s interest is best served when a range of ideology shapes policy; compromise should be necessary. 

But among the major party candidates in this race, only Democrats ELLEN COGEN LIPTON and JASON STRAYHORN meet even the minimum standard for election to any public office — and thankfully, both exceed it. 

Lipton, a 53-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker from Huntington Woods, is perhaps the most formidably prepared candidate for this office in recent memory. She became a fierce advocate for education during her three terms in the state House, and her relentless push for information from the Educational Achievement Authority, the former state reform school district,