Letter: A School Board Candidate Without Children Is No Less Qualified

Many, such as state Sen. Joe Simitian, have been elected to school boards without being parents themselves.



The personal attacks by the Daily Post continue. What that tells me is that there are some influential charter school proponents who are really concerned that I might actually win this election, and they aren't afraid to show the whole world to what extent they will go to ensure that doesn't happen.

If anyone chooses to believe the negatively biased "reporting" of a third rate tabloid, so be it. It wasn't easy for me to put myself out there and run for public office, and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier. But I did it because I so strongly believe that much can be done to truly improve educational outcomes for all of the children in Santa Clara County. And I don't see that happening if the county board continues on their current trajectory.

It is true I chose not to have children, but I love the children who are in my life and I completely respect those who have chosen to have children. It is the most difficult and important thing people can do in their lives. But parents cannot do it alone. State Sen. Joe Simitian—who also has no children—served for 8 years on the Palo Alto School Board before moving onto higher office. I would appreciate a similar opportunity to help ensure that all children get the best public education possible.

Dave Cortright
Candidate for Santa Clara County Board or Education

Best Education for All October 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I think choosing not to have children and blogging that 'Children will RUIN your life' are two very different things. It's one thing to bemoan the Post for sensational journalism, but I question why this candidate has all these unsavory blog postings to begin with. If you are running for public office, you need to have some judgment and maturity.
Joan J. Strong October 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Dave Cortright is a hero. As a local citizen long critical of the BCS board of directors, he knew all too well what depths of dirty politics the BCS board would stoop. He put himself out there anyhow. None of Dave Cortright's blog posts are "unsavory". That is another BCS supporter smear, now part of a wider smear campaign. Dave, like many professionals with something to say, wrote a blog for many years containing many topics. Mostly it was education policy--clearly the part that the BCS board REALLY hates but they aren't allowed to say that. So they focus on the 10% of his blog posts which represent the random musings of anybody with a brain. Quite the contrary, this shows maturity, creativity, energy, thoughtfulness and the ability to express it--all traits we need in our elected officials. *** There's one final irony of this situation: by dubbing Dave Cortright's normally boring education blog "a porn blog", I'm sure the hits to his site have gone through the roof. Now millions more people will get to see what is going on at Bullis Charter School. Like many smear campaigns, this one will backfire.
DC supporter October 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
To be fair, DC linked to an article with that title. He did not state that it was his opinion that child would ruin his life. This is simply a smear campaign.
Daryl Odnert October 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I would add that the California State Assembly representative from our district is a member of LGBT Caucus and has no children. Nobody seems to be making a big issue out of that, so it's clear that somebody who has influence over the Daily Post is actively seeking to perpetrate a character assassination of Mr. Cartright.
jolie October 24, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I believe Grace Mah should denounce this mudslinging by her supporters or it will taint her candidacy. Shame on her for not speaking out against this.
Best Education for All October 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Please, let's be fair and TRUTHFUL. DC linked the article and just before, he wrote "This is a concise summary of my view on having kids". He smeared himself.
Joan J. Strong October 25, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I think everybody assumes that you are also the one who planted the previous story about how his "education and misc." blog is a "porn site" too. Both of these stories ended up on the COVER of the Palo Alto Daily (as if they had nothing better to report on). It's so, so sad that Bullis Charter School supporters have dragged politics to this level here.
Bob Steriens October 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Mr. Cortright, what proof do you have that this is a BCS board smear campaign? Defending yourself against Daily Post attacks is perfectly appropriate. However, not presenting proof of your accusations of their source is just as duplicitous as the original attacks. In fact, it borders on wild conspiracy theory.
Daryl Odnert October 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
In Dave's letter, he suggests that "influential charter school proponents" are behind the personal attacks. He did not specifically say that the BCS Board is involved. I agree that Mr. Cortright's letter here does not present direct evidence of charter school proponents influencing the Daily Post's editorial decision. But do you have other ideas about why the Daily Posts editors would choose to run poorly balanced stories about Mr. Cortright on their front page with large headlines? It's difficult to believe that they independently thought the stories were worthy of such attention.
Rita October 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Bob Steriens, Mr. Cortright mentioned "charter school proponents" above. He didn't say BCS Board.
Bob Steriens October 26, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Agreed. My apologies-- I was comingling Joan J Strong's words with Mr. Cortright's letter. However, let me quote our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, speaking on the Benghazi attacks yesterday: “Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence.” I believe the same applies here.
Ron Haley October 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
David Cortright blames everything from global warming to overpopulation on BCS. IMO he seems to have a fixation bordering on the pathological. No wonder BCS parents are voting for his opponent, someone that voted to close down their school.


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