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Group Says It Will Sue Over San Diego Unified Board Elections

August 6, 2018 4:46 p.m.

A parent group says it’s suing the city over how trustees are elected to the San Diego Unified school board. The parents say current rules are a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. KPBS Education reporter Megan Burks explains.

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A parent group says it’s suing the city over how trustees are elected to the San Diego Unified school board. The parents say current rules are a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. KPBS Education reporter Megan Burks explains.
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The group, Community Voices For Education, says the current practice of electing trustees in citywide elections is illegal under the Act because it impedes the ability of minority communities to elect minority representatives.

Community Voices, along with the San Diego County Grand Jury and hundreds of parents, has urged the city to move toward local-only elections for school board members. Instead, the City Council has placed a district-backed measure on the November ballot that would establish term limits.

Current board members have pointed out candidates must pass a local primary to get to the citywide runoff. They also worry a move to only local elections would disenfranchise parents whose children attend schools in other neighborhoods.

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