I have pushed before for ward elections as a way of reducing the impact of large amounts of money. Now this has moved a step forward. Anton Jungherr and I organized a meeting on Sunday (4/29). The group leaned towards promoting true ward elections where members are voted on and also reside in the ward and towards using “method 1” involving gathering 500 signatures to get the County Board of Education to vote on it. In our next meeting (5/20), we will discuss the argument for this change, review information about the process and other school district experiences, set up a PAC, and discuss how to get community input into the actual drawing of the ward boundaries. As a working name, we have “Citizens for Positive Educational Change.” We also have a Yahoo Group set up as a mailing list. You can subscribe using this address: email@example.com
This is a letter from Kevin Rivard, long-time WCCUSD parent activist, posted originally on wccusdtalk.
Prodded by another posting, I would like to give praise, kudos’s, thanks and express my personal deep felt admiration for a person of this community who has been there for the students of this community, for over 20 years, committing her life and soul to making the schools a better place for students and teachers with hardly a congratulatory note from the institution she has supported.
Susan Wittenberg has once again come through for the teachers and the students of this community with her dream of recognizing six teachers, one citizen and one non-certificated employee at this years Teacher Excellence Award dinner to be held on Saturday, May 19.
But most amazing is once again Susan has managed to collect support to give out $61,500 worth of new and continuing scholarships for the students of this district.
The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, an independent and community supported organization has been around for over 20 years and Susan has been there the whole time. Asking for nothing, but support for the kids. I wish I had half the tenacity and vision that Susan has had and still has, she is truly a silent hero.
The number to get more information and tickets to the event and also information how you can help Susan support the teachers and students is 510-233-1464.
Thank you again, Susan.
As I said before in my posting about the need for electoral reform in WCCUSD, the November 2006 campaign for three WCCUSD School Board slots was ridiculous in the disproportonality of the campaign fundraising. I recently had the opportunity to brave the county elections office and pick up the end-of-year filings.
Two candidates who did campaign, but raised less than $1,000, didn’t have to file: Anton Jungherr and Robert Brower.
The “3 Ms,” Meade, Miles (elected), and Medrano, were endorsed by the teachers’ union and the main non-credentialed staff union. This is the source of the non-cash contributions for these candidates.
Dwarfing everyone else in the field is the de facto “bond party” ticket of Ramsey (elected) and Kronenberg (elected). Not only is the total of their contributions enormous, but the concentration of these contributions coming from unions and businesses with an interest in the bond construction program is also…enormous.
2006 Reported Contributions
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