The discord that has plagued the Santa Clara County Board of Education for years became headline news in July when trustees, in a split 4-3 vote, censured Trustee Joseph Di Salvo.
That has helped spark the most divisive board races in recent memory, with the main point of contention being, you guessed it, charter schools. The Area 1 race is particularly hot. Charter opponents and proponents have donated a total of nearly $350,000 to the two candidates. This, for a seat on a board in which candidates generally spend about $25,000 on their campaigns.
It’s sad because the board’s work — and voters’ attention — should instead be focused on which candidates would best help the county Office of Education and local school districts improve early childhood education programs designed to close the achievement gap that plagues the county. Not to mention helping schools navigate budget and distance-learning challenges brought