When Mark Powell tells people he’s running for the San Diego County Board of Education this year, he gets encouragement.
“Good luck,” Powell says people tell him. “I hope you beat John Lee Evans this time!”
The thing is, Powell isn’t running against Evans, who is a school board member for San Diego Unified, a seat he won over Powell in 2012.
The fact that people get it wrong isn’t surprising. Most people don’t understand what the San Diego Office of Education does – not to mention the board members who represent it.
The race for County Board of Education is usually a low-profile, low-information sort of contest.
But this year the race has greater meaning. Four of the five spots on the board are up for grabs. The next board members will step in at a crucial time. The contract for Randy Ward, who’s served as county superintendent since 2006, will expire in 2017, and the board will select his replacement.
We Stand Up For You. Will You Stand Up For Us?
It doesn't surprise me that Jerry Rindone would be sponsored by charter schools. His performance in the South Bay has always been suspect. Charter schools are not the answer. Some parents think that private schools are the answer. The only thing private k-12 schools have ever done is segregate the overly religious and the freaked out white people from the realities of society. Our government entities should not be promoting, assisting, nor sponsoring charter schools. My tax dollars should only be going to public "non-charter" schools. I don't believe in choice. "Choice" and the attendant waivers that are held in front of whining parents, does not address the underlying issues of school/academic performance or improvement. Charters take important dollars away from public schools. And, here's a bit of important advice. If your kid ain't performing, look in the mirror. Parents are the number one reason children succeed in school....if they are engaged with their children.
@John H Borja Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools are not "private' schools. Sticking with actual facts are always the easiest and honest way to deliver information. I understand some people don't/didn't support "choice" either - Isn't that a dictatorship? One system never leads to improvement.
Hasn't there been enough shenanigans about charters being granted in one district and open in another district, all of this to take money from the general funds of the public schools. Wasn't the head honcho of several of these secretly placed charters just found guilty of not telling the truth about money and charter placement, and enriching himself with public school money?
Mario, how many charters are there in San Diego Unified, how many are for profit?
If charters are the next best thing since sliced bread in education why are the test scores about even? Least we forget that public schools take all students, charters take the students that best fit their situation, no special ed, no discipline problems, and if you are you are placed in a public school, we the tax payer have no say in how charters are run. They have their own board which controls the money they get from the district through ADA.
@richard brick Richard there are "ZERO" for profit charters in San Diego; "0" You ask this every other month. The answer does not change. There are 1% state-wide.
I'm surprised that you omitted the fact that Rick Shea was Assistant to the County Superintendent. Randy Ward must have given a very glowing review of Rick Shea to the Board, since the board appointed Shea to be Randy Ward's overseer. It's been a very easy ride for Randy Ward and his pals on the board.
As far as I can remember, Jerry Rindone is the only board member who has dared to question SDCOE's cozy connections.
About time the charter community wakes up and identifies that the unions are trying to hand pick all local, county, and state boards. It is absurd to think that districts should authorize charter schools. The districts are the ones the charters are competing with to improve public education. Ralph's grocery store doesn't approve Vons to operate in the same area?
County board of education works with both small and large districts. They have an interest to make sure all children succeed - yes, don't tell me districts feel this way. District will do anything to protect their own bureaucracy and power, even at the risk of student education. Time to truly place students first and elect a new county board of education.
I wounder how long it will take for the unions to tell their people to criticize my opinion - not long I suspect:)
The county board of education should leave it up to individual school districts to decide if they want charter schools.
Note to self: Vote for Robinson, Gonzalez and Anderson...who are not bought and paid for by the profit driven charter industry...the profiteers who steal money that is meant to educate children.
Sadly, this is how it works...The very profitable charter corporations, bypass local school districts. Then if they can't get the county boards to charter their inferior schools, they go to the state of California board.
Bingo...charter granted. Shame on the State of California School Board.
LET LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS DECIDE!
The public and the media is catching on to Charter school shenanigans:
Will the California Charter School Association help crack down on the charlatans?
@Dennis I agree that profit-driven (and sincere-but-clueless) charters need to be weeded out. At the same time, public schools need to beware the greed and cluelessness among their own leaders that has led to the rise of charter schools.
You ask a good question: "Does the public have to wait to see which ones fail or worse yet get busted for fraud?"
Apparently, the answer is YES. That seems to be the rule for most corruption and incompetence, public and private. We only see the tip of the iceberg. We don't know about problems until the organizations can no longer keep them covered-up.
Unfortunately, when powerful people are benefiting, they are very good at avoiding oversight.