SCUSD Board Member
At last night’s SCUSD board meeting, during which the board voted to close 4 schools, the thing that really caught my attention was member Jerry Houseman’s comment on the proposal for school closures. He took the opportunity to rail against the Tax Day Tea Party protests and Fox News, yelling at the assembled school parents and other taxpayers that the reason the district is in such dire straights is that people in California don’t want to pay taxes. The prospect of an elected official — charged with spending millions of taxpayer money — browbeating his constituents to cease their resistance to higher taxes while they have the gall to take advantage of a public service like education, is pretty frightening. I think perhaps he was out past his bedtime.
Watch below as Houseman literally wags his finger at the parents and teachers who had come down to the district’s office to plead their case to keep their beloved schools open. This is especially offensive given that California consistently has one of the highest tax burdens and worst performing school systems in the country. I would also like to ask Houseman how he supposes the state’s various tax regulations have led to the mass exodus of students from SCUSD — a trend that is actually directly responsible for the current situation his board is facing.
The rant itself is toward the end of the clip. Thanks to YouTube user “coopmike48” for uploading the video.