The Santa Clara County Board of Education race
Original post made by C.O.C.-Concerned about our County, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 31, 2012
This race has always gotten very little attention from the media. The people who run for that Board have usually not run in a political race before. They meet once a month. Their meetings are not televised,and the notes form the meetings are scanty. However, in truth they manage about 270 million dollars. They oversee several schools in the county. And they are the deciding board when a charter school is petitioned and their District turns it down. Dave Cortright and Grace Mah, are running for one seat. The past 2 weeks there have been 2 articles in the Post, and today a letter to the Editor. The first 2 articles by Jeramy Gordan were crucifying against Dave. And when I checked it out- not accurate, and misconstrued. And yet he said nothing positive about Mah. Interesting. Today, the writer who was quoted and was the initiator of a character assassination- with her giving malicious intent where it did not belong; is acting like a victim. Apparently some people objected to her cruel descriptions. She wrote today that Dave's criticisms of the Bullis Charter School will not hurt this school but will hurt the:"small struggling charters down in San Jose." Well she clearly has not heard Dave. That is exactly why he got into this race. He cares about the underachieving students. He cares about the achievement gap that the Bullis of Los Altos and those supporting it- do not care about. Her child is at Bullis Charther School. She must know that it does not serve Special Education and English Language Learners. There is one non profit that funds only one school in Los Altos- Bullis Charter school! As I have said before this Board has approved 20 charter school this year, yet the county does not have the staff to over see them. She worries that Dave will need a long learning curve. She does not need to worry. He is very bright, a fast learner, was educated at Stanford. And has already attended many of their meetings. He is set to go. This Board needs a new, fresh member. Someone who really does care about all of the students not just those in the elitist, privileged Bullis Charter school. He knows that the intent of the Charter School Laws was to help underachieving, underprivileged students. The direction of the current Board, with Mah show that they do not. When voting consider Dave Cortright. HE has the right intentions!