Endorsement Interview announcement - Education Matters 2016-06-27 13-46-19

The next en­dorse­ment round for WCCUSD school board can­di­dates looks like it will be Education Matters on July 13th. (The of­fi­cial fil­ing pe­riod be­gins on July 18th.)

What Is Education Matters?

Steve Chamberlin is a real es­tate de­vel­oper who has sup­ported ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in the dis­trict for years. In a con­tro­ver­sial move, he pur­chased the old Windrush pri­vate school site in El Cerrito and ended up al­low­ing a char­ter school (Summit) to go in there.

For the 2014 elec­tion, he an­nounced he was form­ing a grass­roots group called Education Matters to be sep­a­rate from the Chamberlin Family Foundation in pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tional changes in WCCUSD. As part of this he cre­ated the Education Matters PAC , which spent a lot of money pro­mot­ing Valerie Cuevas and Liz Block, who were elected.

In 2016, Education Matters seems to have at least some staff and a promise of a new web­site to come any mo­ment now. They seem to be ac­tive in things like the What’s Possible for WCC Kids? talks. Now, they are go­ing through a more open process for se­lect­ing who will get the in­sti­tu­tional nod and have the ben­e­fit of Education Matters PAC spend­ing.

The Process

I don’t know of their spe­cific out­reach ef­forts for this process, but if you get to the sign-up page you can read a guide to what they’re look­ing for in terms of:

  • knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, and pas­sion”
  • Attention to sub­group gaps
  • Data-dri­ven­ness
  • Track record of work­ing with oth­ers in the com­mu­nity
  • Understanding of a school board’s role
  • Fiscal re­spon­si­bil­ity

One key­word that caught my eye is “in­form” in

A panel of par­ents, youth, ed­u­ca­tors, and com­mu­nity lead­ers will help con­duct the in­ter­views and in­form our en­dorse­ment de­ci­sions.

So, this panel doesn’t re­ally vote for who will get the nod. It’s still a de­ci­sion made by staff or more prob­a­bly just Steve Chamberlin.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see who gets the nod. The anti-char­ter peo­ple have al­ready “nom­i­nated” Tom Panas. Maybe they can find an ad­di­tional per­son to nom­i­nate. 🙂

UPDATED 7/​9/​2016: My sar­casm in the above para­graph seems to have eluded some peo­ple. Suggesting that some­one has been “nom­i­nated” (us­ing the quotes even) by anti-char­ter peo­ple for en­dorse­ment by a char­ter-friendly group doesn’t mean that they ac­tu­ally sup­port that per­son, but that they have al­ready started at­tack­ing that per­son as some­one who is con­sid­ered in the pro-char­ter camp.

Footnote on Who Works at Education Matters

By scroung­ing in LinkedIn, I found two staff mem­bers for Education Matters

I ac­tu­ally see Elliot Haspel a lot on a pri­vate Facebook group for WCCUSD dis­cus­sion run by.….……Mister Phillips (now can­di­date). He spends a lot of time joust­ing with char­ter scourge, Pam Snyder.

Chamberlin-Backed Group to Hold Interviews for WCCUSD Election

2 thoughts on “Chamberlin-Backed Group to Hold Interviews for WCCUSD Election

  • July 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Charlie, on what ba­sis do you make the state­ment that those who are con­cerned about the in­cur­sion of char­ter schools, the in­flux of hedge fund money into our dis­trict, and their ero­sion of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion (whom you re­fer to as “anti-char­ter”) would sup­port Tom Panas?

    • July 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I was be­ing sar­cas­tic. I up­dated the post to be clearer about what I meant.


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