In the San Diego Reader, "Southwestern Suitors" points out some thought-provoking relationships between campaign contributors to Governing Board incumbents Terri Valladolid and Yolanda Salcido.
As the November 2010 election looms, contractors, architects, landscapers, and other folk who have absolutely nothing to do with education (beyond vying for taxpayers' dollars) have been lining up to line the campaign coffers of Valladolid and Salcido.
With Proposition R monies on the table (to the tune of $389 million), it's no wonder the construction industry has come a-courtin'.
And, to be honest, it's not surprising that Valladolid and Salcido would sit up and listen. Those are some big bucks talking.
It's dismaying, however, to realize that this is what community college governance has come to: a group of insiders, mutually profiteering off each others' endeavors.
We don't think that's what education should be about.
What do you think?
Please read the article and post your (thoughtful!) comments.