>> The Legislature can save our schools by refusing to confirm Alan Bersin as Secretary of Education the worst choice possible <<
Don't you love hyperbole? I'm pretty sure, for instance, that everyone agrees that the Columbine shooters would have been a worse choice.
Anyone know what this guy did to froth the mouths of the teachers' unions so much? Oppose bilingual education?
Certainly the most intreguing news in California politics surrounds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's reappointment of Joe Nuñez to the State Board of Education earlier this week. You see, Nuñez is a State VP with the California Teachers Association -- and according to the CTA's President Barbara Kerr, Nuñez is actually in charge of their union's legislative and political activities. Yes, this would include the massive assault on Governor Schwarzenegger and his reform agenda on last year's special election ballot. Even better -- Nuñez is actually the Chairman of the Alliance for a Better California, which is the actual front-group formed by the unions to fight the Governor.
It has been postulated in at least one newspaper that Schwarzenegger may have re-appointed Nuñez in order to shepherd through the confirmation vote on his former State Education Secretary Alan Bersin, whom Schwarzenegger also appointed to the State Board of Education last year. Once appointed, you can serve up to a year without Senate confirmation, which Bersin has yet to get. As a matter of fact, his one-year is coming up soon.
I don't know if this theory is correct, it might explain a little about Nuñez's re-appointment. But COME ON. The idea of extending the time that a union boss who wants to perpetuate the problems that we have in California's education system has to serve on the state's education board is atrocious. The Governor should withdraw this appointment immediately. Frankly, Bersin's appointment isn't worth it. Apparently it takes a 2/3 vote of the State Senate to confirm members of the State Education Board. The Governor should appoint real education reform advocates like Lance Izumi or Gloria Matta Tuchman.