Next School Board Election
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2011
In the light of the fact that we have had some very diversive decisions made by our current PAUSD BoE, we must look at some facts and then start thinking about the future of who we want on our BoE next time.
Firstly, politicians are famously watching out for themselves and future prospects rather than doing "what they think is best". Not saying that our BoE are budding politicians, but if they are then we have to be careful of this.
Secondly, school calendar was not an electioneering issue last time there was an election. If we remember correctly, there were no candidates for the last election so the status quo remained by default. The previous election was a close fought race and there was a close call for the last seat. We have also had the fiasco with boundaries, reopening of Garland, MI and Everyday Math as well as the recent contentious calendar debate.
The BoE have also extended their present careers by switching election years. Otherwise, we would be having an election this year and I feel sure that the present Board members are pleased to have this extension because otherwise the calendar (among other things) would be very hot topic issues.
All this means that this particular BoE is not as democratically representative as some are trying to make us believe.
No candidates give us no choice and ultimately more of the same. I sincerely trust that there are some wise individuals who are pondering their abilities to stand next time.
Roll on the next election.