There are 2 people running for Tammy Logan's recently-vacated seat on the Los Altos School District Board. Of them, Bryan Johnson is by far the better candidate. I encourage you all to not only vote for him, but also please tell all your local friends and family to do the same. Tammy endorses his, as do other community member whom I respect, such as Joe Seither and Michelle Sturiale.
His opponent is Tanya Raschke. While you wouldn't know it from her campaign site or materials, Tanya is a Bullis Charter School parent and charter school proponent. She is following in the footsteps of Amanda Burke Aaronson in 2012 and Martha McClatchie in 2014 trying to trick uninformed voters to vote for her by talking only of her time and involvement in LASD, which ended nearly a decade ago when she pulled her kids out of LASD schools to put them into the charter. There is a very conspicuous omission of BCS activities and endorsements on her page, and for good reason: she knows that would turn off a significant number of swing voters.
Tanya was public relations manager for the Bullis Booster Club Executive Board. In that capacity she publicly complained about splitting BCS' middle school program from the elementary school program. There are legitimate reasons the district could not offer a single site, primary among them is the district has no single facility that supports the needs of all grade levels, and has no legal obligation to outfit one for the charter school.
“Although that’s different than the configuration of the LASD district schools, that’s kind of the point. We do it differently. The choice is a good thing," said Tanya Raschke, who handles communications for the Bullis Booster Club Executive Board. "Splitting out seventh and eighth grades kills our middle school program. Period.”
Tanya also publicly complained about the lock out back when BCS was refusing to sign an essential Facilities Use Agreement document. Funny how she wasn't imploring the BCS board to sign the requisite paperwork in order to get access to their facilities.
“Locking our teachers out is absolutely outrageous,” said parent Tanya Raschke. “We cannot stand by and watch LASD bully our teachers and students in order to push their own political agenda. The facilities belong to the taxpayers, not the district. They have no right to change the locks and refuse to give our teachers the keys.”
Tanya was also a member of the BCS Master Plan Advisory Committee. Yet there is no mention of any of this on her campaign web site. What an odd omission, don't you agree?
Is this someone you honestly think would represent the best interests of ALL students in the district? I don't. I think she wants to be on the board to represent the minority special interest viewpoint of the charter school, to the detriment of all other district students.
BCS refuses to have a non-BCS community member on their board. So I think it is hypocritical for them to try to place a one of their own on the LASD board. Please do not let our amazing school district become encumbered by the skewed views of the small yet vocal minority of LIENs (litigious, indignant, entitled narcissists) in our amazing community. They already have their school and they can (and do) operate it however they wish with no effective oversight from the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Please do not let their taint spread across the whole district.