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Local educators endorse Congressman McNerney

Original post made by Chet, San Ramon, on Sep 29, 2010


Dublin, CA – Eighty local educators and education officials today offered their strong endorsement of Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11), citing his consistent support for schools and education programs.

Congressman McNerney has made education a top priority and regularly meets with an Education Advisory Board to hear directly from educators, school administrators, staff and parents. He recently voted for legislation to prevent 16,500 teachers from being laid off in California, supports investments in community colleges and is the author of a bill to help create green job training programs. He also secured nearly $1 million in funding for a local after-school tutoring program that serves at-risk students.

In contrast, his opponent, corporate lawyer David Harmer, is the co-author of an article written for the CATO Institute in which he advocates for abolishing public schools. In the article, he writes that public schooling is “insidious” and that “we see vouchers as a major step toward the complete privatization of schooling. In fact, after careful study, we have come to the conclusion that they are the only way to dismantle the current socialist regime.”

David Harmer also previously published “School Choice: Why You Need It – How You Get It,” a book on the same subject and “Abolish the Public Schools,” an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

This announcement of endorsements for Congressman McNerney builds on last week’s major endorsements from fifteen local Mayors and Supervisors and previous endorsements from several high profile Republican elected officials.

A list of the educators endorsing Congressman McNerney follows.

Education Officials:

* Valerie Arkin, Member, Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees
* Eileen Barr, Former Trustee, Dublin Unified School District Board
* Colleen Boardman, Board Vice-President, Stockton Unified School District
* Dr. Teresa Brown, President, Delta College Board of Trustees
* Stephan Castellanos, Trustee, San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees
* Clarence Chan, Former Trustee, Stockton Unified School District Board of Education
* Dillon Delvo, Former Trustee, Stockton Unified School District Board of Education
* Heinz Gewing, Former Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District
* John Gray, Former Trustee, Lincoln Unified School District
* Jennifer Henry, Trustee, Dublin Unified School District
* Jamie Hintzke, Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees
* Kenneth Jacopetti, Superintendent, Byron Union School District
* Richard Jones, President, Lodi Unified School District Board of Education
* Patricia Kohnen, Former Trustee, Dublin Unified School District
* Everett Low, President, Lincoln Unified School District Board of Trustees
* Diana Machado, Trustee, Linden Unified School District Board of Education
* Peter Mandel, Board Vice President, Morgan Hill Unified School District
* Barbara Mertes, President, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees
* Jason Messer, Superintendant, Manteca Unified School District
* Evelyn Moore, Trustee, Manteca Unified School District
* Jose Morales, Board Member, Area 3, Stockton Unified School District Board of Education
* Frank Orosco, Former Board Member, Stockton Unified School District Board of Education, Stockton
* Dr. Joseph "Joe" Ovick, Superintendent of Schools, Contra Costa County
* Marvin Rothschild, Former Trustee, Tracy Unified School District
* Dave Sorgent, Trustee Area 5, San Joaquin County Board of Education
* Jill Sprenkel, President, Byron Union School District
* Jennet Stebbins, Trustee, San Joaquin Delta College
* Bill Swenson, President, Tracy Unified School District Board of Education
* Van-Ha To-Cowell, Trustee, Lincoln Unified School District
* Carlo Vecchiarelli, Trustee, Chabot Las Positas College


* Sandra Abrahamson, Retired Teacher, Stockton
* Beverly Ascencio, Teacher, Stockton
* Mark Borowsky, Teacher, Dublin
* Paula Boyd, Teacher, Danville
* Jim Briggs, Administrator, Danville
* Steve Brooks, Administrator, Dublin
* Judith Bryer, Teacher, Pleasanton
* Colleen Cambra, Teacher, San Ramon
* Rick Cornelison, Teacher, Stockton
* Tammy Dunbar, Teacher, Escalon
* Richard Edelstein, University Educator, Stockton
* Lynda Farrar, Teacher, Lodi
* Dr. Steve Farrar, Administrator, Stockton
* Dick Fizell, Retired Professor, Stockton
* Laurie Flanagan, Special Needs Tutor, Stockton
* Beverly Ford, Retired Teacher & Administrator, Stockton
* John Gallagher, Professor, Danville
* Laurie Gallagher, Teacher, Stockton
* Lana Gentry, Teacher, Lodi
* Walter Gissell, Retired Teacher, Discovery Bay
* B. Charles Glen, Teacher, Stockton
* Daniel Hadsall, Teacher, Stockton
* Carol Halbe, Administrator, Pleasanton
* Maureen Hatfield, Teacher, Brentwood
* Randi Heinrich, Teacher, Stockton
* Cheree Hethershaw, Retired School Librarian, Pleasanton
* Katrina Alison Jaggears, Administrator, Stockton
* Ann Katzburg, Teacher, San Ramon
* Joyce Kaysen, Retired Teacher, Danville
* Jim King, Teacher, Stockton
* Tavie Knapp, Teacher, Danville
* Liz Lark, Retired Teacher & Administrator, Stockton
* Neil Lark, University Professor, Stockton
* John Little, Retired Teacher, Stockton
* Jennifer Maple, Teacher's Aide, Lodi
* Anthony Martinez, Retired Community College Counselor, Stockton
* Jane McCoy, Professor, Pleasanton
* Mark Mekjavich, Retired Administrator, Stockton
* Laurie Mitnick, Teacher, Stockton
* George Neely, Teacher, Lodi
* Regina Peters, Teacher, Stockton
* Earl Pimentel, Retired Teacher, Manteca
* Francisco Rosa, Teacher, Dublin
* Carol Royal, Teacher, Lodi
* Diane Roza, Teacher, Stockton
* David Saah, Professor, Pleasanton
* Julia Schardt, Teacher, Stockton
* Kay Starring-Rogers, Retired Teacher, Ripon
* Leslie Weiss, Teacher, Stockton
* Mary Westin, Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) Coach, Stockton

Note: Each endorser’s title and place of employment are listed for identifying purposes only, and do not connote an endorsement from that organization or agency.


David Harmer co-authored an article for the CATO Institute advocating for abolishing public schools [Cato Institute, March 12, 1997, can be accessed online at Web Link].

David Harmer wrote a book titled “School Choice: Why You Need It – How You Get It” and an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the same topic [Cato Institute, 1994; San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2000, can be accessed online at Web Link].

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Posted by StopMcNerneysDestruction
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Surprise, surprise...Union belonging Democrats (who depend on government funds) endorsing a Union-dependent Democrat who knows no limit on spending, despite the fact that it will render generations into massive debt.

I am astonished. (not)

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Posted by HarminEveryone
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

If you do some research you will find that it is the Republican administrations that are responsible for deficits:

Web Link

I guess if you say something over and over some folks believe it becomes true.

Ok let's try this over and over (close your eyes): the deficit is imaginary. Now keep doing this until it disappears.

Fiscal Conservatives for Obama (a responsible administration).

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Say this over and over-----tax and spend, tax and spend. It won't work to get us out of the Obama recession---try again. Creating more govt jobs and handing out welfare payments does nothing to repair the engine of the economy--private enterprise.
VerminEveryone--you have no solutions---blaming R's, Bush or the boogeyman won't fix what the D's have set out to destroy. You won't be happy until we achieve 3rd world status, like Kenya.

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Posted by Enlightened
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

Republicans don't spend, they just close their eyes and dream that it isn't happening (while spending). Bush and Reagan weren't Republican obviously (and I have even heard this).

Actually SteveP must have voted for GW and I would just wish they were courageous and upright citizens who would stand up and pay for their mistakes rather than shifting the blame.

These are not the courageous men and women who fought in two world wars. These are men who can only make money by cheating others and want zero regulations to be able to do it over and over and over (it's called libertarianism).
Yes you are making America like a third world country. Where lying is an acceptable form of public discourse. You shouldn't do things just because it's possible (liking pushing your way to the front of the line). Sometimes ethics and morals should control behavior. I guess you just didn't listen to parents, who were great Americans (and now we are stuck with these brats). Shame on you!

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Posted by Had enough
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I guess I shouldn't be so surprised given McNerney voted for the $26B bailout so that teachers could maintain their entitlements and not need to adjust to the new economic reality like the rest of us.

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Posted by AnAmericanCitizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Had Enough...Actually there is no NEW economic reality. Reality changes and in a year things will be better and reality will have changed. However decreasing opportunities for our children by decreasing the quality of their education whenever we have a downturn only impacts their future opportunity (and America's opportunity to compete).

Can we make our educational system more efficient? Of course we can but not by spending our complaining. Get involved with your schools!

Our teachers have Masters and PhD degrees and could easily be making more money in the private sector. They do not do it for the money. They do it for our future, which is America's future.

We can continue to bring thousands of foreign students into our universities or we can educate our own children to compete head to head with the best anywhere.

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Posted by sick of hypocrites
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Again, and Again the political 'hors who call themselves educators...arent'. It's always politica first...rub your back...give me money. I hold them all in contempt for putting politics first.... In the old days NO 'educator' would even hint to their personal politics. THAT"S back in the days when INTEGRITY, character & honesty meant something..,.,NOT to the hypocrites of today who only mouth those words like theatre. They make me sick... so willing to 'sell themselves'' to the highest bidders.

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Posted by sick of hypocrites
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I would not allow my children in the classrooms of such political scum. Can you imagine what kind of BIASED classrooms they run. Demand to have youR children in the rooms of 'educators' NOT politicians. A 5th grader should have NO idea of their teacher's politics ! That is very INTIMIDATING to a child. And this political scum BRAINWASHING our children to 'carry' messages home to parents if so low...messing with their heads...NOT educatings. NO doubt why schools are not what they use to me.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

sick of hypocrites--

My goodness, a little touchy, aren't we?
Why don't you move your kids to a Texas school district? I'm sure their style would fit right in with your ideology...

Web Link

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Posted by Mirror Mirror
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Sick of Hypocrites, you kid comes to my classroom and tells everyone else's kids the things you have to say about politics. Funny how you're the one influencing the kids in my classroom! Your kids are repeating everything you all are saying at home. Wow, I see where the respect issues home, learned from parents like you. Believe me, I hear it all!

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