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Letter of Intent to Recall Sylvia Leong (filed Apr 15, 2022)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE SYLVIA LEONG

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Sylvia is a politician to the core. She treats school sites as real estate properties to line the pockets of consultants and special interests. She is responsible for the steepest enrollment decline in CUSD history and CUSD’s first decline in academic rankings in years. While CUSD has its highest ending balance, she pushes to pack students like sardines, ignoring the coming trend of “smaller classrooms.”

Sylvia cut backroom deals to expand her pet program, CLIP, where she was President of their PTA, into a stand-alone school without parent surveys or community feedback. Sylvia puts her and her donor interests first. Sylvia permanently closed “three neighborhood schools” to save money while spending tens of millions to renovate other schools.

Sylvia failed to timely re-open schools during the Pandemic, and said kids were doing fine while many suffered from depression or got hospitalized for sickness.

She failed to pass a parcel tax twice and CUSD will not get the support for another tax measure with her presence. CUSD is hemorrhaging kids, reducing instructional minutes and eliminating electives. The Board performed worst amongst 35+ districts!

Letter of Intent to Recall Phyllis Vogel (filed Apr 15, 2022)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE PHYLLIS VOGEL

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Phyllis is responsible for the steepest enrollment decline in CUSD history and in the county during the Pandemic. She wants to close more schools and pack students like sardines while CUSD has its highest ever balance in years. She ignores “the trend of smaller classrooms” bucking aginast the State’s reccomendations. Phyllis treats school sites as real estate properties for her special interests. She repeatedly make clear that kids and parents are last.

Phyllis manipulated enrollemnt to boost her own school with $13M for remodeling at the expense of closing Regnart. Phyllis failed school re-opening while students suffer from depression or get hospitalized for sickness. She declines meeting requests, reduces comment time, and ignores parents please for help. She used the COVID Pandemic to circumvent school closure Education Code guidelines.

Phyllis failed the parcel tax twice and CUSD will not get the support with her presence. She failed to raise teacher salaries. Instructional minutes are down, electives being removed and the district’s ranking has declined for the first time in years. Phyllis is responsible for the Board performing worst amongst 35+ districts! We must recall Phyllis to save CUSD.

Letter of Intent to Recall Lorien Cunningham (filed Apr 8, 2022)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE LORIEN CUNNINGHAM

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Lori Cunningham betrayed CUSD voters and abused her power. She failed to do her job, to prioritize children’s education and well being. She mismanaged pandemic funding by failing to invest in students. She failed to raise teacher salaries for years. She refused to follow Education Code procedures in closing schools and lied to parents. She failed school re-opening, while students suffered and were hospitalized by depression and sickness. She droce away 2500 students in just two years, a rate double any other district. She refused to develop a plan to restore school enrollment and cunningly used the pandemic as an opportunity to permanently close schools displacing almost 1000 students. She crowded schools to save negligible dollars and spent more on consolidation. She manipulated CUSD’s budget and failed a parcel tax twice by putting special interest and agendas before voiceless students. She descriped a sqaure foot tax as inequitable. She treats neighborhood schools as real estate properties, alienates parents and divides the community. Lori will push to close more schools, make more emotional decisions to feed her own poliitical desire and will ruin CUSD. We must recall her to save CUSD.

Letter of Intent to Recall Lorien Cunningham (filed Oct 18, 2021)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE LORIEN CUNNINGHAM

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Lori is closing schools and your school is next. When Lori disagrees, she reminds you that you are a minion.

When in a corner, she sheds crocodile tears. She says the community doesn’t stand up for her. Did Lori stand up to Kai Brown, CUSD Union President, when he called 7,000+ parents bullies? Did Lori stand up when a child was wetting their bed due to her decisions? Did Lori stand up when a child was admitted for suicide by her actions? Did Lori stand up when she asked Measure A activists to spend thousands of hours to campaign while knowing that it’d fail? Lori doesn’t stand up for kids. She can’t because she is 100% financed by the teachers’ union.

Lori caused the steepest enrollment decline in history. Lori failed a parcel twice wasting $2M in special elections. Lori closed your schools and will close more. Lori sows division and blames you. Lori plays victim while other Board members work. Lori giddily takes union money and puts your kids second.

Lori is the reason this community is divided. There is no doubt.

Vote YES for decency and community. Vote YES to recall Lori!

Letter of Intent to Recall Phyllis Vogel (filed Oct 13, 2021)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE PHYLLIS VOGEL

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Phyllis is closing your schools. She said that closing three schools is not enough and asked for more. When building the school closure rubric, she skipped the meeting. She doesn’t need a rubric, she already made clear her preference for privileged alternative schools. She says CUSD is a “district of choice,” but choice doesn’t apply when it comes to neighborhood schools.

The buck doesn’t stop there. Phyllis was complicit in CUSD’s steepest enrollment decline in history. She failed twice to pass a parcel tax while choosing to spend millions for special elections doubting that it may even pass. 

CUSD was once a district for thriving neighborhood students. As the Board says, it is a district of equity. But Phyllis has made CUSD elitist and inequitable. It is now a district for those who win the school lottery. 

Phyllis, as the longest-serving Board member, shaped this direction. She did not stop the enrollment bleed, which remains multiples higher than all of our neighbors and the county. And now when facing reality, she pushes to close more neighborhood schools.

Vote YES for equity. Vote YES to save neighborhood schools. Vote YES to recall Phyllis!

Letter of Intent to Recall Sylvia Leong (filed Oct 7, 2021)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION
TO THE HONORABLE LORI CUNNINGHAM

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Sylvia was the President of CLIPCO, the PTA for CLIP (Chinese Language Immersion Program, one of the CUSD’s Alternative programs). Sylvia is closing our neighborhood schools but expanding CLIP. CLIP is not only getting its own campus but even more classes as well.

Sylvia used her influence to cut a backroom deal with CUSD to prioritize CLIP. She has lost credibility and has sowed massive division among the community. We need honest and transparency, not politicians.

Sylvia’s previous decisions caused CUSD’s steepest enrollment decline in history. She has failed twice to pass a parcel tax. She has failed as a Board Member.

Sylvia knows that CUSD is becoming Basic Aid and will be rich. She knows closing schools means more kids have to leave. She knows that running schools is not expensive. She knows the costs are teachers and they are retained.

Yet, with all of that she knows, she will close your schools for her selfish gain.

We do not need hidden agendas. We do not need division. We do not need politicians. We need honesty.

Vote YES to save neighborhood schools. Vote YES to recall Sylvia!

Letter of Intent to recall Lori Cunningham (filed Mar 4, 2021)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION
TO THE HONORABLE LORI CUNNINGHAM

Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code, the undersigned, registered qualified voters of Cupertino Union School District, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Board of Trustees, in Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The ground for the proposal recall are as follows:

Lorien (Lori) Cunningham, who has led CUSD as President of the Board through much of the pandemic, has failed to represent all children of CUSD and uphold CUSD’s value of “choice” by solely prioritizing distance learning at the expense of providing a timely option for in-person learning, in lieu of the recommendations of multiple health organizations such as the CDC and AAP.

Her failure in leadership, inability to act decisively and articulate clear objectives, and unwillingness to challenge union demands resulted in a pattern of poor decisions as it relates to reopening schools. CUSD, a renowned district, significantly underperformed compared to most of its neighbors, causing massive inequity, social and emotional damage among children, and deep frustration, anxiety, and stress amongst parents and its community.

CUSD parents deserve a Board member who can push back on the unions, follow health guidelines, force the hard discussions, make decisions, challenge the Superintendent and Board when necessary, and always fight for ALL children first.

Vote YES on the recall.

Intent to Recall Lori Cunningham published in the Palo Alto Daily Post

Parent Survey for Reopening

A group of our parents ran a survey of 1000+ CUSD parents regarding reopening. It is not perfect but it does provide more recent and granular insight into what our community wants.

Parent Survey Results (Mar 5, 2021)

Petition to Prevent School Closures

Parents from Meyerholz, Regnart, and Muir submitted a petition to CUSD to delay or stop closures of their schools. Over 1400 physical parent signatures were collected.

Do Not Close Meyerholz Petition (Oct 13, 2021)

Citzen Advisory Commitee (CAC) School Closure Documents

In the Fall of 2020, CUSD asked their CAC committee to make recommendations for school closures. Via a PRA (Public Records Act) request, we got a copy of all of the documents, meeting notes, slides and more.

CAC Commitee Documents

Teacher Union MOUs

Our parent community requested MOUs between CUSD and their teacher associations including the CEA, CSEA, and SEIU via a PRA (Public Records Act) request.

We have reviewed all of them and they are evidence of the Board’s incompetence: for instance, their support for things like plexiglass, which was not a requirement in the MOUs, is a disservice to our children. It is not data-driven; it puts our children into fish bowls and it encourages teachers to hide behind their desks.

We will always be #KidsFirst, and we hope the Board will follow.

Neighboring Recall Initiatives

We’ve received pings from a variety of Bay Area districts for recall initiatives (in different stages) of their school Boards for failure to fully reopen schools. In an effort to help our neighbors, fellow parents, and other children suffering due to school boards refusing to prioritize kids over the unions, we’ve aggregated some of the different efforts below. Please help if you can and if you’d like to connect with one of their teams, please let us know.

Ballotpedia

We’ve been added to Ballotpedia a few times now. You can follow the original recall of Lori Cunningham here which now links to our most recent recall.

Facebook ads

A bit dated now but our original ads in our fight for school reopening.

Other CUSD Resources

In our work, we’ve come across other initiatives related to CUSD: