Sunday, August 31, 2014

California: Newark Superintendent controversy leads to one resignation, one recall attempt

Two Newark School Board member have received recall notices, with one, Gary Stadler, resigning. The other, Ray Rodriguez, is hanging on and also running for mayor.

The recall started after Superintendent Dave Marken resigned following criticism from Stadler and two other trustees (not including Rodriguez). One of the other trustees is up for reelection in November, the other is not seeking reelection.

Rodriguez noted that he did not oppose Marken, though he apparently voted to reject an offer to rescind the resignation. The board refused to detail that vote until there were accusations of violating the open meeting law. Petitioners need about 3,000 in 120 days.

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