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.

2 thoughts on “Education Matters Posts Interviews for WCCUSD Election

  1. 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. 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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