Dear PAUSD board candidates who oppose the PAUSD board decision to challenge the OCR -
I am writing to ask you to withdraw from this race, to make a clear statement that you do not want to be part of a governing institution which goes to secret meetings and all the derivatives of those secret meetings – we know enough to know that this board is not transparent. I am pretty sure we do not know how deep it goes.
I am writing to you asking you to withdraw from the race, and to unite as outsiders to work for the well-being of all PAUSD children.
Let the sole candidate who would not state a clear opinion about the OCR run and win. Let the board potentially include only four members who will continue to spend $ on legal advice “fighting” the OCR, publish the cost of “dealing” with Laura’s mom, for example (link # 1) and so forth, rather than focus on the educational needs of our children.
I have addressed Mr. Dauber before, calling him to form a Shadow PAUSD board (link #2), asking him to reconsider my suggestion (Links #3.1 my blog, 3,2 weekly), and asking him to withdraw from the race – link #4.
While I totally agree that the OCR is not perfect, as it is a Federal agency with all that implies in terms of resources, etc., I think that the decision to challenge the OCR is a “deal breaker” when it comes to Public Education. This decision, especially when added to the secret meetings is a clear statement.
The best case scenario regarding the OCR situation would be that two of you got elected. Unfortunately, you would still be a minority in a board that has shown neither accountability nor transparency.
I think that a potential PAUSD Shadow Board just presented itself – four out of the five candidates who stated clearly that they would work to repeal the PAUSD board decision regarding the OCR.
In the current situation, I cannot see any mechanism of “checks and balances” for the PAUSD board. Shadow government is one approach used in other countries. Maybe there are other options of which I am not aware.
I hope you will consider my appeal.
Link #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqHSVZOZRg8&feature=youtu.be&t=3h3m35s
Link #2: http://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board/
Link #3.1: http://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board/
Link #3.2: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2013/12/17/open-address-to-ken-dauber–please–reconsider-forming-a-shadow-pausd-board
Link #4: http://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/open-address-to-ken-dauber-please-withdraw-from-the-pausd-board-race/