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罷免庫柏蒂諾聯合學區委員

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庫柏蒂諾聯合學區委員

北加州最大的 K-8 庫柏蒂諾聯合學區(CUSD)負責委員拒絕重開學校,辜負 17,000+ 位學生與他們的家長!

Recall Lori Cunningham from CUSD Board of Education
Lori Cunningham 委員-罷免進行中
梁沈詩薇-CUSD 委員
劉錦宗-CUSD 委員
Satheesh Madhathil-CUSD 委員
Phyllis Vogel-CUSD 委員

庫柏蒂諾聯合校區(CUSD)附近學區的學校都已重新恢復面授教學,不過 CUSD 董事會和代理校監,仍舊無視州、縣制定的重開指南,以及希望孩子能重返校園的家長心聲,尚未重開學校。委員自作主張,辦事不力,我們不應繼續放任下去。

我們的努力,主要是希望罷免不願意全面重開學校,卻願意與教師工會妥協的委員們。

我們已經向 Santa Clara 縣選務會提交罷免 CUSD 委員 Lori Cunningham 的罷免意向書(英文原文可點這裡查看)。我們決定先開始 Lori 的罷免行動,因為在決定學校關閉相關事宜時,她是委員會主席,且在去年有機會推動校園重開時,並未盡一己之任。

同時,我們已備妥其他委員(梁沈詩薇、劉錦宗、Satheesh Madhathil、Phyllis Vogel)罷免意向書所需的簽名和相關表單。我們會持續監督,並視情況,推動進一步的罷免活動。

依照選務法 §11007,現任委員梁沈詩薇、Phyllis Vogel 任期還未滿 90 天,尚不符罷免成案的要件,須等到 2021 年 3 月 17 日後才可能進行下一步。

我們的目標是校園立刻全面重開一週五天,一天六小時的面授課程。即便在去年十二月,疫情正當嚴峻之時,仍有逾四成家長願意接受部分重開的計畫(時數不足、可能換老師也願意)。

只要重開時程仍再三拖延,我們相信不管委員們對外說了什麼,他們心之所繫,並非我們的孩子。

徵求志工

隨著我們持續推動罷免,我們會需要志工幫我們收集簽名。我們會提供桌子、請願書、相關標誌等等,需要有人在場協助、和願意簽請願書的家長說明。

要收集到所需的簽名並不容易,不過我們知道學區內的孩子們受盡委屈,許多家長憤憤不平,願意挺身而出。我們有 Reopen California SchoolsOpen Schools California 等加州州內同樣在推動學校重開的其他組織的專業經驗,我們知道要罷免過程會如何進行、要怎麼有策略地動員。

同時,如果你認識在中學就讀的孩子,也請讓我們知道。他們正在受苦,有些已經表示願意加入我們,為我們的行動志願服務。他們希望自己的學校也可以重開。他們希望,每週可以在校園上課的時間超過一個小時(有學區真的這樣規劃)。

如果您是家長,也希望您可以帶著電腦、分享熱點、看顧現場的桌子、協助簽名收集等等事宜。感謝您。

詳細情況會再行公佈,請您訂閱我們的電子報

—來自一群熱心的家長,我們心繫孩子,而非工會

FAQ 常見問答

中文版將於近期更新,請先參考英文版:

The CUSD Board has repeatedly failed their civic duty to represent the parents of CUSD. Like many of our neighboring districts, CUSD parents want in-person instruction to resume: 44% of CUSD parents would prefer in-person instruction (source here [p. 10]) and that doesn't include the 2200+ children who have left (source here [p. 7]) to private or other options. Despite all that, the CUSD Board continues to stymie and block the progress of school reopening:

  • At the 2/25 Board meeting, the Board reviewed a proposal to open schools for only 75 mins to 2.5 hours for two days a week starting on 4/5. We need to reopen now and to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.    
  • For the most part, the Board has sided with the teachers' union, which comprises a substantial part of Lori's, Phyllis', and Jerry’s donor base.  Please watch Waiting for Superman on Netflix to see how troubling this is.
  • Sylvia, at a Fall Board meeting, said, "My friends tell me remote school is going well," discounting the cries from parents. The tone-deafness of such comments is a disgrace to the many kids struggling. 
  • Phyllis has said multiple times that she advocates for a "conservative reopening" bucking science and expert recommendations. 
  • Since the fall, Satheesh has consistently suggested adding more phases further delaying, if not stalling reopening. 
  • Jerry, although more recently has been advocating for reopening, has reiterated that he stands in unison with his colleagues.

It is the job of the Board and especially the President, Lori Cunningham, to work and negotiate harder with unions to prioritize children. Unfortunately, we, CUSD, had Union leaders endorsing our Superintendent in the 2/25 Board meeting—that isn’t a good look.

The fact is that over the course of the past 7 months, the Board has taken a "can't do" vs. "can do" attitude. Even in recent discussions, it is clear that the current proposed reopening is a function of SB86 funding stipulating a reopening by April 1st rather than the prioritization of children who are suffering and need to return now. In fact, when presented with a previous bill offering COVID relief funds, AB10 endorsed by Gavin Newsom at the January Board meeting, the Board dismissed the bill as being “too aggressive” while neighboring districts had reopened.

We have prepared more details why we believe Lori Cunningham must be recalled for exhibiting poor leadership. Please see a write-up analyzing Lori and the Board Members' actions through the end of February here. Below we have also added further answers to questions that have arisen since the end of February.

Yes with an initial proposal of 75 minutes, 2x a week but that’s really besides the point. CUSD has maintained a conservative reopening plan since summer of 2020. It was even reiterated by the Superintendent, Stacy McAfee-Yao, as following the Board's directive in the Fall. Parents expressed their pains over calls as early as July and it’s taken a mammoth parent effort to get to this point. In fact, we believe that if parents hadn’t been as fervent as they have been with all of their various initiatives, we’d probably be sitting at 75 minutes 2x a week with a start date after Spring break and with the certainty of hybrid in the Fall so thank you parents!

Yes, in recent weeks, CUSD has announced a reopening date of April 5th but let's focus on the facts.

Lori has consistently stymied efforts to reopen up until maybe very recently after significant parent pressure (and it’s been downright exasperating for most). We go into great detail here about her actions or rather inactions through the summer and fall of 2020 as President of the CUSD Board. Lori has taken money from teacher unions and does not hide that fact that she prioritizes teachers’ choice over that of the kids (her own words in the Sep 24th Board Meeting).

We don’t know if another pandemic or other catastrophic event will occur (knock on wood) but this past year has been educational for many parents in terms of how school Boards work with the Superintendent and the teacher unions and thus why we are seeing draconian efforts happening across the state from lawsuits to recalls to protests and more.

California itself is now 50th place in school reopenings and even the recent SB86 bill allows schools to re-open for merely an hour a week to constitute reopening and with no requirement of even exiting hybrid in the Fall.

As you can imagine, this is all unacceptable.

Hybrid by definition means compromise. We should not compromise our kid's education and social well-being. We need to reopen schools fully and it can be done and it has been green-lit by multiple expert agencies. In fact, the California Department of Public Health just reduced social distancing guidelines at schools to 3 feet. At this point, if reopening fully is not happening, it’s not because the district can’t do it, it’s because the school Boards have taken the easy path and not wanting to push back against the teacher unions, often their donor base and social circles.

We know many of you parents are tired and willing to take anything at this point. This is precisely what they are doing but don’t stand for it. Remember, many children across the country and in most of the world are back in school and have been full-time. Why should your child suffer the arrogance of our School Board? And if we don’t push, it may remain hybrid in the Fall; it certainly would be easier for them. Our kids will not only suffer, but they are falling irreparably academically behind.

Yes, CUSD is unfortunately one of the lowest funded districts in the Bay Area but money has never been the reason CUSD can’t reopen. As detailed in the “Why Recall Lori” write-up, CUSD has consistently said they can re-open but opted not to. This wasn’t a decision of money, this was a decision of the Board, particularly Lori’s predisposition to remote school and prioritizing the teachers’ union over kids. Fast forward to today, CUSD has a surplus of $6M per Jerry's own words in the Mar 12th Board Meeting plus significant COVID relief funds per SB86. That said, if there was any better time to use rainy day funds, now is the time. Reopen schools fully and be the top 10 district in the state that you are. Other similarly funded districts across the broader state have. No parent should be satisfied with CUSDs below average performance.

Many choose to live in Cupertino because of the schools. It’s a fact that a home within CUSD’s boundaries can cost 100s of thousands more than across the street. With that, we would expect CUSD to lead but rather CUSD will be last among all of its neighboring boundaries in reopening.

  • Los Altos - Reopened in the Fall, trialing transition from hybrid to full-time
  • Saratoga - Reopened in early Feb, also trialing the transition from hybrid to full-time
  • Mountain View - Opened this month with plans for full-time this year
  • Sunnyvale - Opening this month
  • Moreland - Opening this month
  • Santa Clara - Opening at Orange tier which should be this week
As mentioned earlier, Lori Cunningham was President of the CUSD Board through most of the pandemic. She has had multiple opportunities to lead, challenge unions and force discussion to reopen. Instead, she did not lead but enabled a Board to provide patchwork of reasons as to why CUSD can't reopen resulting in a proposal from CUSD that puts it in the bottom 20% of districts to reopen with an in-person tuition plan also in the bottom 20%. We go into length and detail how Lori has failed her civic duties through the Summer and Fall of last year here. It is a long read but it provides facts that will show how Lori Cunningham and this Board have failed their civic duties in representing CUSD parents.

We intend to set up signing booths for signature collection. We are teaming up with Reopen California Schools and Open Schools California, and they have funding and volunteers to assist us in collecting signatures.

Please sign up for our mailing list (using the form below), follow us on Twitter @RecallCUSDBoard and we will keep you posted. Thank you for your interest.

More here.

  1. The first step is to file an intent for recall (as we have done).
  2. The next step is to file the petition for recall (which we have done) and then begin the signature collection process after it is approved.
  3. After the petition has the required number of valid signatures, a recall election will take place. We will then have an opportunity to elect a new member of the Board of Education to represent us at CUSD.

For more details, see the county's guide to recall. See below slide for the process:

Our petitions to recall Lori Cunningham have been approved by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. You can download them here. We have prepared forms and collected signatures for the remaining Board Members. We are going to continue to watch and deliberate to determine if and when we will file recalls against them. Our community continues to grow and it remains clear that an increasing majority of parents will not be satisfied until we achieve full reopening.
If the recall moves to the signature collection process, it will cost CUSD some money. As a result, and in the best interest of CUSD, we request Lori Cunningham to resign her role as CUSD Board Member, so we can elect a new Board Member who can advocate for fully reopening our schools now.  Recalls are not new to CUSD, the most recent was in 2002.
We are a growing group of parents representing the voices of the many children struggling, depressed, and affected by prolonged screen time and isolation. We have been advocating for providing a reopening option to CUSD since fall 2020, when first data became available that it can be done safely, but have continued to hear reasons why we can’t vs. why we can.

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