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A front group for the California Charter Schools lobby, which calls itself “Families and Teachers United,” released a flyer that attacked school board member Scott Schmerelson, a pro-public school member of the LAUSD school board and well-qualified educator. Schmerelson has been endorsed by every Democratic club in Los Angeles.
The scurrilous flyer accuses him of investing in mutual funds that include products that are harmful to children (tobacco). Anyone whose pension is invested in large mutual funds knows that individual shareholders do not choose the stocks in the fund’s portfolio. My own pension fund includes companies I find abhorrent and there’s nothing I can do about it.
The flyer accuses Schmerelson of “double dipping” because he collects a pension for his decades of service as an educator in the LAUSD schools and a salary as a board member, like other board members.The flyer does not mention that board salaries were increased in 2017 based on the recommendation of an independent commission.
Should he give up his well-earned pension? Of course not! Should he refuse to take the same salary as other board members? Of course not!
Who paid for this vile, lying, unethical anti-Semitic ad?
Ad paid for by Families and Teachers United, sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates. Committee major funding from
Charter Public Schools PAC
Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.
Funding details at http://www.fppc.ca.gov.
This may be the most expensive school board election in LA history, even though the billionaires have no ideas other than charter schools. None.
Who are they? Blogger Sara Roos names names.
How about full public disclosure of the income and investments of the billionaires who fund the CCSSA?
Sara declined to reproduce the flyer, so as not to give more visibility to this trash.
Methinks the charter billionaires are angry at Scott for telling the public that more than 80% of LA’s charters have empty seats.
Schmerelson, a man of unblemished integrity, responded to the anti-Semitic flyer with a statement denouncing the depths to which the charter lobby is willing to sink. He notes that the group that produced the flyers by the billionaire Waltons and Reed Hastings.
The election is March 3 but early voting has started. VOTE FOR SCOTT SCHMERELSON!