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The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group Message Board › Urgent! Stop Bersin from State Educ Board. Thks

Urgent! Stop Bersin from State Educ Board. Thks

A former member
Post #: 16
What happens to a person who "screws" up a school district as Alan Bersin did to the San Diego School District? He is handpicked by Arnold to make educational policy for the whole state of California! WE MUST STOP ARNOLD FOR REWARDING A MAN WHO MADE TEACHERS' LIVES HELL FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS.

Former school board member Fran Zimmerman has made the
following request for assistance in halting the
appointment of Alan Bersin to the State Board of
Education. She requests a letter be faxed or mailed
to Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, whose
committee can block the appointment.

My letter to Rules Committtee Chairman Senator Don
Perata follows as a sample.

Thank you for your help,
John McNab
You can influence the powers-that-be concerning
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent recommendation
to appoint San Diego's outgoing school superintendent
Alan Bersin to the eleven-member State Board of
Education. Please read this, act now and -- very
important -- forward this e-mail to your own list of
like-minded friends and associates.

Bersin's appointment to the State Board of Education
is not a done-deal. Bersin's appointment can be
stopped in the Senate Rules Committee with sufficient
public comment now.

The complicated way it works: The Governor has up to
60 days from the date of nominating Bersin (April 29)
to swear him in (hasn't happened yet) and to transmit
his name to the Senate Rules Committee for
confirmation(five members -- 3 Dems and 2, Reps.) If
confirmed in Rules, Bersin's name then goes to the
full Senate which again must have hearings and confirm
(by a vote of 21 out of 40 )but which need not act
for up to a year from the date Bersin is sworn
(essentially giving him a year's on-the-job
probation.) That would be another opportunity for
public opinion to be expressed, but that's for later.

Now is the opportune moment to derail the unfortunate
Bersin nomination to the State Board of Education.
The Governor's polling is down 20 points; he has
alienated teachers and nurses and other public
service workers; he is desperately stirring up
anti-immigrant sentiment and the wrath of Latinos and
others; and he has disastrously named a
perenially-ambitious, fading-star, litigator and
ex-border czar-superintendent to the State Board of
Education. The State Senate and its Rules Committee
may be disinclined to follow Arnold's lead these days.

Senate Rules is where the action is. Senate Rules is
presently accepting letters on the Bersin nomination.
According to staff in the Senate Rules office,
letters must be genuine (no form letters), factual,
brief, and express "good reasons" for one's opinions.
Surely after seven years, it should be easy to express
good reasons why a non-educator superintendent who has
been fired from the second largest district in the
state should not serve on the State Board of

I was told that snail-mail or faxed letters are
preferred to e-mails. (Ask that copies be provided all
Rules Committee Members. FYI, they are Senators Gil
Cedillo,Debra Bowen, Roy Ashburn and Jim Battin.)

Address: Senator Don Perata, Chairman of Senate Rules
State Capitol, Sacramento CA 95814.
FAX is 916-445-0596

Thank you for helping spread the word. It may take a
village to raise a child, but it takes e-mail
list-serve to block a terrible appointment. Cheers.

Frances O'Neill Zimmerman
Member, Board of Education
San Diego Unified School District 1996-2004


May 10, 2005

Don Perata
Chairman of Senate Rules Committee
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Perata,

I am writing to request that the Senate Rules
Committee deny the appointment of Alan Bersin to the
State Board of Education.

In his tenure as San Diego City Schools
Superintendent, Mr. Bersin continuously found ways to
antagonize the public-at-large. While his reform
efforts initially had support, his method of
autocratically jamming them down the throat of schools
and intimidating school employees did not go over
well. Instead of engendering the necessary atmosphere
of cooperation and a shared vision of success, his
bullying style ended up polarizing against him even
those in the community who wished to give him the
benefit of the doubt.

Mr. Bersin showed himself more concerned with serving
the downtown San Diego power player’s (whose policies
have the city on the edge of bankruptcy) agenda than
the common good. Protecting public school land from
Mr. Bersin’s attempts to give it away to developers
was a constant battle. When the public approved the
Proposition MM school bond measure, its usage managed
by Mr. Bersin was incoherent and often at odds with
even his plans for disposing of schools.

Mr. Bersin also found time to give unprecedented
salaries to two retired Navy Admirals whose great
accomplishment was assisting in the notorious free
giveaway of a $1 billion public education campus,
Naval Training Center, to San Diego downtown insiders.

Mr. Bersin’s record has not been about protecting the
needs of our school children. Instead, it has been
far more aligned with building developer Eli Broad’s
corporate education vision. Due to this, he more than
wore out his welcome and created prayers of a wide
range of San Diegans that we would finally be able to
have him exit public service.

I strongly urge the Senate Rules Committee to reject
this divisive and widely disliked nomination for State
Board of Education.


John McNab
1333 29th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 531-0773
------ Please forward copies of this letter to
Senators Gil Cedillo,Debra Bowen, Roy Ashburn and Jim

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A former member
Post #: 7
Thanks for the heads up on this issue, but I'm a little confused. In response to an email from me when this nomination was first announced, my State Senator Christine Kehoe wrote:

"Thank you for your email opposing the appointment of Alan Bersin to the position of State Education Secretary. This is a position where the Governor has complete discretion and it does not come before the legislature for a vote. I hope that you have also shared your views with the Governor.

I appreciate your taking the time to write me and your past support. Please keep me informed of what is important to you."

So, I will call Don Perata's office to find out what they say about this. Also, the fax number listed above for Don Perata's office does not match the one on his official website. It shows his State Capitol fax number to be: (916) 327-1997.
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