Seiler: Recall 3 OC School Board dunces over denied charter
By John Seiler — email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throw the school bums out!
Rev up the petitions, education reformers. Three Orange County School Board members who denied a charter to a new, innovative school should be fitted with a dunce cap and recalled by voters.
The Register editorial board noted on Sept. 23, “Jack Bedell joined with Rebecca ‘Beckie’ Gomez and David Boyd in voting to reject Global Business Academy charter school.”
I was on the Board earlier this year when we met Bedell and Gomez, who were running for election, and both pledged to advance charters. The May 31 editorial (not by me) noted of Bedell:
“He also has the respect of both charter organizations and teachers unions. While the ability to cross the aisle is a good quality, the union support brings concern because of their aversion to charter schools and other reforms.
“However, the endorsement of the California Charter Schools Association and fellow OCBE Trustee Linda Lindholm carry considerable weight with us. We hope Mr. Bedell will continue to lean toward greater educational reform and parental choice. We will certainly be watching.
“As for challenger Chris Norby, we respect his lengthy service to the residents and taxpayers of Orange County, but we don’t see a reason to unseat Mr. Bedell.”
Well, now there’s reason to unseat him. Norby would be a great replacement.
As to Gomez, a May 29 editorial (also not by me) said:
“Her views on charter schools and her union support give us sizeable pause. But she has promised to be an open-minded board member who will study an issue before coming to a conclusion.
“ ‘If there is a shortcoming that a charter school can fill, I’m all for it,’ Ms. Gomez said. ‘But a charter school for the sake of a charter school isn’t putting kids first – it isn’t just for someone to make a dollar.’
“We hope she keeps her promise.”
She didn’t. So she also should be kicked off the board.
Boyd was not up for election this year, but his charter vote deserves sending him, too, a pink slip with a recall by voters.
As to the Global Business Academy, it’s an exemplary school whose motto is, “Leaders & Entrepreneurs.” Isn’t that what made this state great? Are we not just supposed to produce government functionaries?
The Academy even is partnering with UCI. Its website notes:
The University of California, Irvine will support and advise Global Business Academy’s curriculum development to ensure GBA graduates are competitive in applying for college, and as they move into the global economy.
UCI Center for Educational Partnerships to create Beyond A-G curriculum academic requirements, to ensure students a competitive advantage for college admission and for entering the global economy, and to support teacher’s continuous development.
Gifted Students Academy UCI) to develop GATE curriculum for gifted students.
Blackstone LaunchPad (UCI), to develop strong entrepreneurial skills and networks for students who have an interest in business skills and leadership.
What in the name of Horace Mann does the OC School Board expect them to do?
To the three anti-charter board members, voters need to say Cromwell‘s words when he dismissed the Rump Parliament:
“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
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