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Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah's fundraising tops $300K

Original post made on Oct 23, 2020

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah received a staggering $243,400 in contributions, primarily from charter school groups and representatives, during the most recent reporting period.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 23, 2020 at 1:24 pm

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Grace Mah stands for educating children, which can mean permitting low income students to escape failing traditional unionized public schools, and attend non union public charter schools, like non union public charters in East San Jose. Melissa Caswell is supported by the teacher's union, which seeks to eliminate competition from non union public charter schools, at students' expense. Wealthy Los Altos and Los Altos Hills anti Bullis charter activists are also trying to limit public charters. How about competing fairly and providing a good education for kids instead of trying to exert political power, cement a monopoly, while smashing low income kids' route to a good education?


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Posted by Corey Levens
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 23, 2020 at 5:33 pm

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This is obscene. No way I'll vote for a candidate that does that kind of fund raising for this position. The amount raised, by itself, calls into question Mah's independence and motives.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 23, 2020 at 10:26 pm

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Yeah. Melissa Caswell and her anti charter activists started a campaign finance arms race.


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Posted by Do the Maths
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

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Sum the campaign contributions to Santa Clara County Board of Education campaigns over the last 20 years from outside pro-charter forces versus what was raised from local Santa Clara County sources like, you know, actual residents and voters, and you’ll know exactly who has captured this board and who escalates the funding war


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Posted by SRB
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 24, 2020 at 6:36 am

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Deja Vu all over again?

Seems likes every time there is a viable contender, the out of town Charter School lobby opens its deep pocketbook.

See Mercury News article from Halloween 2012

"PAC money floods local school board races"

Web Link


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 24, 2020 at 11:15 am

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Yeah right. Look at past Grace Mah campaigns. She raised and spent little. The difference is the teacher's union is trying to take out anyone who is open to their competition, non union public charter schools. Wealthy anti Bullis, anti charter activists are their proxies. Low income students are the losers if the teacher's unions cements its monopoly grip on our tax dollars, to prop up failing schools, and keep students from having choice to escape failing traditional unionized public schools. It's time for choice. Kids over politics. Kids over unions. Kids over protecting school failure just to protect union jobs and perks.


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Posted by LongResident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 26, 2020 at 10:16 pm

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I defend Grace Mah because my spouse works for Bullis. Is that really so unusual?


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Posted by Let's Get All the Facts
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 27, 2020 at 4:10 pm

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Competition helps improve schools and Bullis Charter (BCS) is a good example of this. An examination of the student performance from the California Dept. of Education shows that the students from BCS show that BCS outperforms both LASD and PAUSD by statistically significant percentages in most categories and most subgroups. The four year trend (2015~2019) showed that on average, 13% more combined 3rd-8th grade BCS students exceeded the CA state standards as compared to the Los Altos School District (LASD) over the last 4 years. In addition, a full 18 to 21% more BCS 8th graders exceeded the CA state standards as compared to the LASD over the last 4 years. This shows that when a student graduates from 8th grade at BCS, they will have completed an excellent education program. Grace Mah supports successful schools of all kinds, but she will hold failed school accountable. Her opponent has never stated this, but rather wants to rein in the competition for the school districts and the teachers’ unions.


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Posted by Alternative Facts
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 27, 2020 at 10:22 pm

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All alternative “choice” and “magnet” programs disaggregate a district’s student performance data. Once you introduce a selection bias, you can’t compare student performance metrics and conclude anything about the value add of the pedagogy. This is really basic stuff, but charter apologists stand behind their cooked numbers without fail. It’s a separatist crusade, not educational innovation


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2020 at 9:48 am

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In years past, including past years when Mah ran, this was a race that involved very little funding or controversy.

Baten Caswell just turned it into a funding arms race. But this race will not be the end if Caswell wins. The drama and conflict will follow her into office if she wins, draining attention and resources.

The Mercury News has endorsed Mah because of her diligent hard work.

Vote for Mah to continue to get an effective public servant and avoid the drama and money politics Caswell has already brought to this race.


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Posted by Let’s Be Serious
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm

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Any serious contender for any seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education is smart enough to do the research to know that massive charter money shows up on the side of a known charter proponent. Any serious candidate challenging a known charter proponent better be able to raise big money. Caswell is outspent 2-to-1 by the charter industry, so if she wins it will be because after 13 years, Area 1 is ready for different representation, not because Caswell was so well funded


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Posted by LongResident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 30, 2020 at 8:57 am

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Now it’s up to $390K thanks to another $46K this week from big charter political action committees, but you can still be confident that Grace Mah is not in their pocket


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