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Education Matters Posts Interviews for WCCUSD Election

Candidate Interviews Questionnaires Education Matters

A panel organized by Education Matters interviewed candidates for endorsing in the WCCUSD board race. They’ve now published the interview videos and the candidate submissions.


Back in June, I mentioned that Education Matters (EM), the Chamberlin-backed education reform group for WCCUSD, was starting up their own endorsement process for WCCUSD board candidates. Here are the main points of their process:

  1. EM chooses a community panel to interview candidates.
  2. The panel interviews candidates.
  3. The panel uses a rubric to guide their decision about whom to endorse.
  4. Endorsees can receive up to $10,000 in seed money that would be contributed to their own PACs to spend as the candidate directs.

Steps 1 and 2 are done. (There were 2 sets of interviews, one in July, one in August.) Step 4 is up in the air, because the school board is considering campaign contribution limitations.

Who Came

  • Antonio Alvarez Medrano
  • Don Gosney
  • Tom Panas
  • Miriam Stephanie Sequeira
  • Ayana Young

Who Didn’t Come

  • Mister Phillips–Declined (He made a campaign promise earlier in the year to not accept campaign contributions from “school construction firms or charter school groups”.)
  • Carlos Taboada–Didn’t respond

Videos and Answered Questionnaires

The embedded videos and links are all on this page:

Candidate Interviews & Questionnaires

Or you can go directly to the EM YouTube page for the video interviews.




Categories: WCCUSD

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  1. Charley Cowens

    September 10, 2016 — 2:08 pm

    Thanks for straightening things out. It was hard to figure this out from your site.

    Now it’s been a few weeks. Is there anything further to report on your process?

  2. Sarah, Education Matters

    August 29, 2016 — 3:51 pm

    Hi Charley,

    Thanks for sharing this information. There are a few minor items I wanted to clarify, as some of the details here aren’t completely accurate:

    Under “Process,” Step 4: Candidates who are deemed eligible (not “endorsees,” as candidates may receive seed funding but not receive an official endorsement down the road) may receive up seed funding. This would be a direct contribution to their campaign.

    Under “Process”: Steps 1, 2 and 3 are done. Regarding step 4: The panel has voted on decisions, however, candidates who are eligible for seed funding have yet to make a decision about whether or not to accept the contributions. We are expecting an announcement in the next few weeks.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

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