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Update on Grace Mah appointment to SCC Board of Education

Original post made by A.J. on Apr 3, 2007

Just a note to those interested:

Grace Mah's appointment to the Santa Clara County Board of Education is provisional. Web Link

"The provisional appointment of Grace H. Mah to the Santa Clara County Board of Education would become effective in a little less than a month, unless a petition calling for a special election and containing a sufficient number of signatures is filed in the office of the county superintendent of schools by April 27, 2007.

According to the California Education Code, a special election can be called if the petition is signed by a number of registered voters equal to at least 1.5 percent of the number of registered voters of the district at the time of the last regular election for board members."

Also Web Link
"By law the appointment maintains a "provisional" status for one month, giving interested parties time to provide input to the board. A vote that would make the appointment official is scheduled for the board's May 2 meeting."

Although I have opposed the specific plan for MI that Grace Mah has pushed in Palo Alto, I think it may be a good thing that she was appointed to the SSCBOE, because I have never been against Mandarin Immersion instruction -- I am for it -- and I think an immersion charter school located in Mountain View could solve the problems and get a program that is better than anyone initially envisioned. In that case, Grace could be an advocate and asset for not only the program, but for Palo Alto. Please take a look at the suggestion -- it could be a way to put the rancor in the past and work together with someone who clearly wants to be involved in education locally: Web Link

The Board felt that all three candidates were qualified to serve.

Comments (4)

Posted by A.J., a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 5, 2007 at 1:58 am

Hey Grace,
This post went up two days ago and earlier on the county site, and there has been no hue and cry. People are not as against you here as you may think. Many of us are with you in your goals for language education opportunities. Many of us, like me, could not ever be as active in public life as you have been and admire you for it. We just wish you would take the concerns of others seriously and try to work WITH that opposition to come up with solutions that work for the community and still reach your goals. Many of us, like me, are upset and puzzled at the apparent lack of that. It doesn't mean we are against MI or you personally.

You indicated in a quote in the PADN that you would be willing to locate a charter elsewhere in the county if that meant a better school site. Many posters have wondered if you have a specific place in mind -- they are all looking for common ground, not arguments or personal attacks on you.

(Note: This is a spring break in PA and PACE members may not be answering because of vacations this week.)


Posted by MadMax, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 5, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Anyone else find it odd how the way is smoothed for Mah so often and so thoroughly.


Posted by A.J., a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 5, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Max,
If you don't like it, there is something you can do about it as posted above. If you aren't willing to do something about it, you have no cause to complain -- then I think for the good of the school district, people have to figure out how to work together.

I have been very critical of Grace Mah's actions myself, but she is putting herself out there and trying to accomplish something. Few people appreciate what that takes until they do it themselves. I absolutely do not agree with the way she has gone about accomplishing what she wants. But she is doing; trying to engage her to figure out the best way for the kids in the district is better than just taking pot shots.


Posted by parent, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 6, 2007 at 7:18 pm

"A faction's newspapers say rebellion, and that they will not remain united with us unless we will permit them to govern the majority. If this be their purpose, their anti-republican spirit, it ought to be met at once. But a government like ours should be slow in believing this, should put forth its whole might when necessary to suppress it, and promptly return to the paths of reconciliation. The extent of our country secures it, I hope, from the vindictive passions of the petty incorporations of Greece."

Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry


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