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SB voted in favor of placing a $100 Parcel Tax with a 5 year duration on the June ballot.
Comments from Feb. 13 School Board Meeting
Happy Valentines Day Trustees, Colleagues, and Community Members,
It has come to my attention that some school board members view my recent public statements as getting personal rather than focusing on the issues at hand. In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd try to clarify this unfortunate misunderstanding.
Here's how I ended my Evergreen Times editorial from last November, soon after Trustees voted on our new contract:
Some may view my comments as a union leader unfairly attacking well-meaning board members. However, the fact is Trustees Mace and Zito chose to vote "No" on a legally negotiated and financially sustainable agreement. We should all be asking “Why?”
Notice, I did not claim either did anything illegal. Thank goodness the vote was 3 to 2 in favor of ratification, so no court action was necessary on my part. I was relieved Trustees Alvarez, Fischer, and Songcayawon relied on their extensive experience, understood the law, supported their own management team, and ended a contentious 18 month bargaining process.
Now a few of my words from last month:
I was pleased the district's First Interim report in December had a positive certification reflecting this improving economic trend, although I was disturbed by Trustee Zito's pessimistic "No" vote. I had planned to present budget information congratulating EESD on their improved projections, but I was so taken aback by his ridiculous assertions that I decided to wait.
Observe, I did not call him ridiculous. That would be rude and disrespectful. I stand by my description of his actions, however. He voted against an official district financial report. Still in his first term as a school board member, Mr. Zito appears to have declared himself the expert on our budget in direct opposition to Evergreen's Chief Financial Officer, Nelly Yang. Trustee Mace was absent that month so the vote was 3 to 1 in favor, but based on her previous actions I can only assume she would have followed his lead.
Remember, these reports must be sent to the county office of education for their stamp of approval before being brought to our school board. Yet, Trustee Zito claims to know better than them along with everyone else.
Ridiculous? I'll let you be the judge.
As a gesture of reconciliation particularly to our two newest and very inexperienced school board members, I offer a Valentine's Day gift - Diane Ravitch's new book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools." In her opening chapter she writes, "In this book, I will show why the reform agenda does not work, who is behind it, and how it is promoting the privatization of public school. I will then put forward my solutions, none of which is cheap or easy, none of which offers a quick fix for complicated problems. I have no silver bullets - because none exist - but I have proposals based on evidence and experience."
"We know what works ... the very opportunities that advantaged families provide for their children…. As a society, we must do whatever is necessary to extend the same advantages to children who do not have them. Doing so will improve their ability to learn, enhance their chances for a good life, and strengthen our society."
I have one copy with me today, which I gladly offer. My only condition is a public pledge to actually read it. Interested Mr. Zito? ETA would gladly purchase more as long as the expenditure won't go to waste. Just let me know if any of you would like your own.
In closing, I have some good news to share with each of you. I'm pleased to announce ETA's Rep Council voted to endorse the district's Parcel Tax measure on the June ballot, contingent of course on the board's decision to proceed. I urge you to put aside our previous disagreements, unite for an important cause, and work together to do what is best for the community we serve.
Brian Wheatley, ETA President
408-272-0601 ext. 215
Dates to Remember
LCAP Community Forum - Mar. 17 (Quimby Gym @ 6:30 pm)
Rep Council - Mar. 18 (Mt. Ham @ 3:30 pm)
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FYI - Eastside has already adopted their calendar for next year. You can view it here if you're curious.
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