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T4CW 11.30.09: PVUSD Trustee Sandra Nichols
Monday we spoke with Sandra Nichols, school board trustee for almost ten years in Pajaro. Sandra talked about why she ran for the elected office, and the political battles waged over the course of her time on the board over issues like bilingual education, transparency, budget priorities, military recruitment, and more. 57:48 mono MP3.
Teachers For Class War airs every Monday on Freak Radio Santa Cruz at 101.1 FM in Santa Cruz County and online and worldwide at freakradio.org. We broadcast education news from the trenches of California's public schools.
Sandra Nichols has been a teacher for over thirty years. She ran for School Board after her involvement in the campaign to stop Proposition 227, which attempted to outlaw bilingual education and establish English-Only as mandatory policy for schools statewide. Sandra's website is http://www.education-matters.com where she publishes essays and columns about education policy and practice.
PVUSD Trustee/School Board elections, incidentally, are less than a year away. We discuss the balance of the board, and the factors that have influenced past elections. This year there is an opportunity to radically change the make-up of the school board as four seats are due for a vote.