Teachers Sign No-Confidence Petition Against Santa Clara Unified School Board

Educators at the Santa Clara Unified School District have signed a no-confidence petition against the school board for micromanaging and overstepping its bounds.

The teacher's union claims the board's behavior has led to more than a dozen principals and other administrators to leave the district.

"What we've seen is a mass exodus of really good administrators and teachers," said Noelani Sallings, a parent and candidate for school board. "And that is not something our district needs at a time where our kids need 21st century learning to look toward the future. We need to have stability for them."

Teachers and parents have been fighting the school board for more than a year.

"The school board has been micromanaging the district and it's leading to all sorts of problems," said Lynne Formigli, a teacher at Cabrillo Middle School.

Educators are hoping the petition will get the board's attention.

"It feels like every time we speak it falls on deaf ears," said Jill Berg Peterson, a teacher at Scott Lane Elementary. "I think we would all just appreciate if they really took some time to listen to our concerns.

A spokesperson for the board of education said they would not have time to comment on the issue Thursday night.

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