At this point, it may be too late for parents to have any real influence on reducing the number of teachers being laid off. The agenda for tomorrow's board meeting has no mention of a public forum and there has been no move by Board President Lara or Superintendent Kayrell to release the public information I have requested. There are only two more board meetings scheduled before May 15th, the deadline to make the termination notices final.
This doesn't deter me, they should know by now I'm not going to go away. The board’s refusal to even acknowledge my request for public information they are required by law to provide, makes me even more determined. I plan to keep alive the petition and present it at the next board meeting, even if the board has already made their budget cuts. My original goal was to help the board understand where parents want cuts to be made before our kids are asked to make any more sacrifices. Now my focus is to find out what the board and superintendent don't want us to know.
What could they be hiding? Did the administration overspend on items approved by the board? Are the funds being used to finance the Taj Mahal all coming from facility funds as they have promised. Are they afraid of political fallout or something more serious? These are just a few questions that spring to mind when I wonder why they ignore my requests. I won't give up until I have all my answers, no matter where it leads me.
Mr. Orozco is a sitting school board member running for state assembly. He is running on his record as our school board member. It is time for him to show us he is deserving of the privilege to represent us in the State Assembly. We need to know he will stand up now and lead his colleagues on the board to follow the California Public Records Act. If he fails to stand up for us and is unable to lead his colleague to follow state law, how can he expect us to believe he will stand up for us in Sacramento? It may seem I am singling him out because I am. If he can't handle a little heat at the local level he won't survive the big leagues. I am looking to Mr. Orozco to show us what kind of a leader he will make.
Section 6250 of the California Public Records Act says:
"In enacting this chapter, the Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state."