In commentary I read yesterday or the day before, it was speculated that the reason Arnold appointed the La Raza socialist, Joe Nunez, to the board was to grease the skids to get CFR globalist Alan Bersin confirmed. I wish I could remember the source. The bottom line was that Bersin wasn't worth the trade-off. Now, he may end up without Bersin and be stuck with Union thug Nunez anyway. Another opportunity lost--or two!.
Certainly the most intreguing news in California politics surrounds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's reappointment of Joe Nuñez to the State Board of Education earlier this week. You see, Nuñez is a State VP with the California Teachers Association -- and according to the CTA's President Barbara Kerr, Nuñez is actually in charge of their union's legislative and political activities. Yes, this would include the massive assault on Governor Schwarzenegger and his reform agenda on last year's special election ballot. Even better -- Nuñez is actually the Chairman of the Alliance for a Better California, which is the actual front-group formed by the unions to fight the Governor.
It has been postulated in at least one newspaper that Schwarzenegger may have re-appointed Nuñez in order to shepherd through the confirmation vote on his former State Education Secretary Alan Bersin, whom Schwarzenegger also appointed to the State Board of Education last year. Once appointed, you can serve up to a year without Senate confirmation, which Bersin has yet to get. As a matter of fact, his one-year is coming up soon.
I don't know if this theory is correct, it might explain a little about Nuñez's re-appointment. But COME ON. The idea of extending the time that a union boss who wants to perpetuate the problems that we have in California's education system has to serve on the state's education board is atrocious. The Governor should withdraw this appointment immediately. Frankly, Bersin's appointment isn't worth it. Apparently it takes a 2/3 vote of the State Senate to confirm members of the State Education Board. The Governor should appoint real education reform advocates like Lance Izumi or Gloria Matta Tuchman.