at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:07by LA voters
|Election 2012: Upcoming forums|
|Written by Ellie Van Houtte|
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18th Congressional District
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1"does transparency matter?"
at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:07by LA voters
the candidates for the public school board disclosed their backers and their childrens schools except Amanda Burke-Aaronson whose candidacy is surprising. She and her husband are longstanding, harsh critics of LASD and their children attend the charter school. As a trustee how could she possibly defend the educational best interests of 9 out of 10 district students attending district schools? She should run for the charter board instead. Otherwise, she may have to take a legally opposing stance vs her own school. Where does her campaign support come from? Shes not saying. Unacceptable
2"Misquote or misleading?"
at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:08by Confused
I am confused, in reading the transcript of the forum held by the League of Women Voters the other night, Amanda seemed to imply her children are at Santa Rita. LA voters is implying they go to BCS. Amanda, which is correct and where you misquoted? What is the truth?
at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:11by Traci Newell
Amanda Aaronson's three daughters currently attend Bullis Charter School. Last night when she spoke about her previous involvement with the school district, she referred to Santa Rita because it is the school her children previously attended.
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at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:35by Amanda Burke-Aaronson
Thank you Traci, yes, I started talking about where my kids were, the statement took a different turn based on my notes, and I never got back to completing the thought within the two short minutes. It was inadvertent. It has been published multiple times that my kids attend BCS.
With regard to my campaign support, I stated that there are reportable donations, and that I would be willing to share them - it is public information - which was what the question asked. I am not in the position of having only one supporter that I could name on the stage as the others could.
If you would like to talk more about me and my positions, I would be happy to meet up some time. There is certainly more than can be addressed in a comment on a news forum.
at Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:34by Courtenay
I am a supporter of Amanda! Great job last night and keep up the good work. Just saw you earned the Town Crier's endorsement! Congrats!
at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:05by LASD voter
Ms Burke-Aaronson, please update your FB campaign page and any other candidate information to reflect this important fact, that your children go to BCS. You are doing yourself and the voting public a disservice by continuing to omit this information.
at Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:06by Lasd voter
Ms. Burke-Aaronson, I urge you to include this critical piece of information, that your children go to BCS, on your campaign FB page and in other candidate information. In not doing so you are doing a disservice to yourself and the voting public, and you open yourself up to appearing deceptive.
at Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:06by No BCS on LASD board
In each school board election the Bullis Charter School has tried to secretly buy their way onto the LASD board.
In 2006 it was Francis LaPoll (BCS founder and still current board member), who spent 40,000 and fortunately lost.
In 2010 it was John Radford (BCS early supporter), who withdrew once it was uncovered that he was the leader of the half-baked LAH movement to secede from LASD and PASD and form their own LAH school district.
In 2012 it is BCS parent Amanda Burke-Aaronson, supported by BCS and billionaire Corrigans. She is the worst, and it would be more appropriate for her to run for BCS board, except BCS has an unelected board. Obviously when you run for the board of another school district you have an ulterior motive.
It is difficult to believe that she did not mention that her three daughters attend BCS, due to an inadvertent error, or that she did not mention her financial support comes from other BCS parents because she forgot or ran out of time.
at Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:50by Courtenay
Hey, you beg for transparency. I deliver. Now you attack me? The behavior over the last 6 months on these blogs is shameful. The name calling and personal attacks will leave permanent scars on many in our town. I suggest it is time for all of us to shape up, clean up the conversation and take a long, hard look at finding solutions rather than mud-slingging.
I am proud of supporting Amanda's campaign. If you took the time to listen to her and see what she stands for, you would know she is NOT defined by her BCS parent-hood. She is advocating for peace! That point of view, I proudly share with her.
It is time to shape up and begin adult and solution driven dialog. Our children deserve much better than the shameful fighting and divisiveness in our town.
10"No BCS on LASD Board"
at Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:21by John Radford
Im sorry but I simply dont agree with some of your statements.
First and foremost, I chose to withdraw from the race for personal reasons that Im under no obligation to share. I actually garnered a large number of votes and have no doubt I could have been a very serious candidate in the race if I had continued.
When I moved to Los Altos Hills, I was a huge supporter of LASD. I served three years on LAEF and cochaired the Bullis parcel tax campaign in 2002. I did not support the closing of Bullis and warned the LASD Board that the parents were willing to try and start a Charter.
I did not secretly try to buy my way onto the Board and raised NO money from BCS supporters
I have become very frustrated with LASD but even so led the passage of a LAH Town Council resolution to support last year's parcel tax.
I hope this sets the record straight. I think it is time to get both Boards back to trying to mediate a solution. BTW neither of my children ever attended BCS.
at Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:21by Full Disclosure needed
It does seem contrived that Amanda Burke Aaronson doesn't mention on her LASD Candidate website or on her FB that her three kids do not attend LASD schools but rather they attend Bullis Charter School. Red Flag.
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