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Lori has always prioritized unions’ position over science, over the teachers who want to return to schools, over the suffering kids. This is the damage a union funded board member can do to your children. #KidsBeforeUnions


Lori has always made her own rules when it came to reopening. She bucks science and she decides when she thinks it’s safe. Meanwhile, the children suffer. Her tone-deafness needs to be stopped. Vote to recall Lori and replace her with someone who can advocate for kids and who is not in the pocket of the unions.


Cupertino Today reports Voting underway in Cupertino for the CUSD Measure A parcel tax “… a group of local parents are pushing to recall several members of the CUSD board including Lori Cunningham, Sylvia Leong, Phyllis Vogel, Jerry Liu and Satheesh Madhathil over their opposition to reopening schools. The Recall CUSD Board has been extremely vocal about their dissatisfaction with the CUSD board, its non-prioritization of students and its reopening plan.


Los Altos Town Crier - Cunningham recall
Los Altos Town Crier – Cunningham recall

Los Altos Town Crier, Recall effort targets CUSD board member Lori Cunningham: “Cupertino Union School District board member and Los Altos resident Lori Cunningham is facing a recall campaign, with proponents arguing that she stymied efforts to reopen schools when she served as board president in 2020.”


In CUSD Board of Education meeting on 2/25, an invited speaker, Kai Brown, President of CEA Teachers Union, and a science teacher in Kennedy Middle School, reflected on the protests by referring to the parents as a vocal minority that is bullying the administration.


From The Los Altos Town Crier, Cupertino Union reopens schools over a year after closures: “Some parents have objected to the district’s reopening plan, calling on CUSD to reopen sooner and more broadly. A recall campaign is underway to try to unseat district board member Lori Cunningham, who served as board president last year.


From San Jose Inside, Parents Lead Recall Efforts Against South Bay School Boards: “The Santa Clara County ROV fielded a few recall notices in the past week alone. One of the biggest pushes is against Cupertino Unified School District trustees Lori Cunningham, Sylvia Leong, Jerry Liu, Satheesh Madhathil and Phyllis Vogel.

Recall CUSD Board organizers accuse trustees of ‘failing’ its 17,000 students by refusing to resume in-person classes—a demand reportedly supported by 44 percent of its parents.


Patch reports South Bay School District Copes With Recall, Frustrated Parents “Out of the four school board members interviewed by Patch (the fifth, Satheesh Madhathil, didn’t respond to a request for comment), Liu was the most critical of how he and his colleagues have run the district during the pandemic.

“I feel like we haven’t offered as good a choice for the families who would like to have their children return,” Liu said. “I think the choices have been more one side than the other. Earlier in this pandemic, it was really driven by necessity, by what science tells us. I’m not so sure that’s the case now.”


Cupertino Today reports Furious parents oppose CUSD proposed reopening plans; Friday rally planned to demand more in-person instruction “… a large number of parents are moving their kids out of CUSD and enrolling them in private schools who are providing full in-person schooling. Without the meaningful reopening of CUSD schools, the district will be faced with severe enrollment decline for Fall 2021. Now is the time for CUSD to step up and put students back into the classroom where they belong!”


Thanks to the unrelenting pressure of all the parents around California, including the supporters of the CUSD Board Recall, the Governor and legislature made progress against the unions. Read the full story in Politico. Read full story in Politico


Front page of The Mercury News on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 covers the rally for opening schools. In the photo: “Jill Borges, far right, a teacher at Cupertino High School, protests school closings in the Cupertino and Sunnyvale school districts with her three children”

Link to the article: COVID-19: Data show California far behind in reopening schools. Data service puts California 49th of 50 states in returning kids to classrooms


Cupertino Today reports Cupertino parents lead effort to recall CUSD board over school reopening “An effort is underway to recall several members of the Cupertino Unified School District board over their unwillingness to open schools. […] On Tuesday, the group held a socially distanced rally for the reopening of Sunnyvale and Cupertino schools at Fremont High School.”


CBS KPIX5 reports in the evening news on February 23, 2021: COVID: Parents Protest To Reopen Sunnyvale Schools, Threaten To Recall Board

“Dozens of parents protested in Sunnyvale to reopen schools there. Devin Fehely tells us they are even threatening to recall the school board.”


KCBS Radio reports South Bay parents, students call for schools to reopen “These parents have signed a petition to recall board members because they said the districts aren’t moving quick enough to establish reopening plans like other districts have elsewhere in Santa Clara County.”