No School Volunteers in Petaluma, Please

Jodi Hernandez

Parents and others want to volunteer in Petaluma's schools, in part to make up for budget cuts. But they have opponents who don't want them there -- school employees' unions, who see volunteers as threats to their jobs.

This is not a new story in California, where public employees and volunteers who wish to participate in government have a long history of conflict. But the Petaluma story is an extraordinary one, and is well told here at Fox & Hounds Daily by Pete Peterson, executive director of Pepperdine's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, and one of California's leading experts on how to engage citizens.

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