at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:07by LASD Parent
|Candidate pulls out of LASD race|
|Written by Town Crier Staff Report|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012|
Vladimir Ivanovic withdrew Monday from the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees race.
He said he opposes the candidacy of Amanda Burke-Aaronson, a Bullis Charter School parent who is supported by charter school leaders.
“If Amanda were able to run for the BCS board, then she might be a huge asset to this community,” Ivanovic said. “But on the LASD board, her conflict of interest is too high for her to do her best for the district.”
Ivanovic added that he supports Pablo Luther and Steve Taglio for the school board.
“Since my continued participation in this race would only serve to enhance Ms. Burke-Aaronson’s prospects, I’m urging supporters to vote instead for Pablo Luther and Steve Taglio,” he said. “I’m comfortable doing so because both Pablo and Steve have voiced support for many of the ideas and approaches I’ve advocated.”
Ivanovic said he plans to continue to support the Los Altos School District in any way he can.
“Regardless of the outcome of this race, I’m offering my services to Pablo, Steve and the rest of the LASD board in whatever capacity they may see fit,” he added.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:07by LASD Parent
Mr. Ivanovic, thank you for your service to the community and this very commendable gesture. You are clearly someone who has the best interests of LASD children at heart.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:28by LASD taxpayer
Why is Ivanovic pressured to drop out of the race instead of letting the voters decide? Why have the 'powers that be' decided that Luther and Taglio are the anointed ones? How is this democratic?
The answer is because it's always been this way with LASD board elections, and it's a shame. The LASD board, teachers' union, and PTAs are again working to determine the outcome of the LASD board election. They decide who they want to serve on the board, then strong arm and intimidate the electorate to vote for those selected, pushing out those with balanced views. Ivanovic and Burke-Aaronson would bring needed balance and perspective as an alternative to the status quo.
Every time an 'outside' candidate runs, the machine spins up to force the outcome these groups deem best. It's a disgrace. The public the LASD board represents deserves better.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:42by Ron Haley
You can bet the Union promised him their support in 2014. It's a real pity to see the CTA running our schools.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 17:04by Ron Haley
It's interesting that the Town Crier, and the Mayors of Los Altos and Mountain View had no problems with Amanda being a BCS parent - perhaps it's the fresh perspective she brings that resulted in their endorsement of her.
I for one am looking forward to LASD placing BCS on a permanent site so we can get our school back.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 17:06by Saddened
Vladimir, I am sorry to see you pull out of the race as you had my vote. After reviewing the remaining candidates, I agree with you on voting for Taglio and Luther. Amanda has flip flopped on issues and has not been transparent of her motives which don't represent the majority of the LASD population in my opinion.
Thank you for your service and am glad that you will continue to stay involved.
at Wednesday, 17 October 2012 23:11by Daryl Odnert
If anyone has proof that the CTA is involved in running our school district then bring it forward. Otherwise, stop blowing smoke. Why is it so difficult to believe that a candidate might step aside in a situation like this? Have you considered the possibility that *gasp* he might actually care more about the future of LASD than his own ambition as a politician?
at Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:54by Aaronson's Supporters
$500 Courtney Corrigan Los Altos Hills Town Council; "No on E" ballot argument author; BCS
$500 Leonora Teng BCS Foundation Board; BCS Finance Committee
$500 Kathleen Justice-Moore Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Board, BCS
$500 Joan Mellea BCS Enrollment Coordinator
$500 Christine DiBona BCS Director of Community Affairs
$500 Anne Marie Gallagher BCS Board
$500 Donna Young Bullis Boosters (PTO) Chair
$200 Tanya Radowicz Co-chair, BCS Foundation
$200 Gilbert Ahrens BCS Foundation Board; BCS Investment Committee
$200 Katia Kamangar former BCS Board member
$125 David Jaques Secretary, BCS Foundation Board; BCS
$1000 Susan Berry
$500 David Beyer
$500 Buffy Poon
$500 Susan Goldman
$300 Millie Gong
$200 Nadja Jackson
$250 Susan Mensinger
$100 Peter Chow
$100 Michelle Blaine
$100 Marita Vargas
$100 Martha McClatchie
$100 Victoria Burton Burke
$100 Linda May
at Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:55by Pls Revisit endorsement
The Town Crier's endorsement of BCS parent Amanda Burke Aaronson for LASD board makes no sense since her three daughters attend Bullis Charter School.
To have a BCS parent deciding on LASD operations issues and priorities, and listening to closed session discussions and voting on whether or not to close a school and give it to BCS, makes no sense.
There is a huge, built-in conflict of interests that would arise quite often between what is best for her children, her friends and herself -- and what is best for the 4,400 children of LASD and the community.
I hope the Town Crier will revisit their endorsement given all these issues.
Amanda belongs on the BCS board, not on the LASD board.
To have BCS parents on both boards insures that the LASD families will not have their best interests represented.
Everyone wants the lawsuits to stop, but placing a BCS parent on the LASD board will result in an outcome not favorable to LASD families. LASD will have no voice.
9"BCS Leverage over Amanda"
at Monday, 22 October 2012 12:42by Joan J. Strong
1. Being a charter school, the private Bullis Charter School board of directors can expel whomever they want from their school. They have done this in the past, using various euphemisms along the lines of, "we're sorry your child does not fit in to the unique BCS program" or whatever. They need little in the way of an excuse, and litigating an expulsion would in practical terms be impossible.
2. Amanda's children go to the school which is closest to them, their "neighborhood school" if you will, which is to say Bullis Charter School. They have done so for many years and they have no doubt built their whole lives around this school. To be forced to leave this school would be devastating.
3. Therefore, the BCS board holds enormous leverage over Amanda, and can exert this pressure entirely in secret.
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