Educating our children should be our School Board’s #1 priority but we feel Marnie Glickman has decided to take the “trust” out of “trustee”
The school board is elected by the community to serve as stewards of our children’s education. However, recent attention on the District name change has diverted our board from their responsibility to provide guidance for the education of our children.
By doing this, board member Marnie Glickman Curtis has placed her personal political agenda ahead of what she was elected to do: represent her constituents and help insure that a quality education is being provided for students. We would like for Marnie to resign from her position on the board .
While campaigning in 2015, Marnie Glickman Curtis stated that a district name change was not her priority.
Since being elected, it seems furthering her own agenda and changing the Dixie School District name has become her top priority.
The decisions that Marnie Glickman Curtis has made serve political purposes and have no place in the education of the children. Twice Ms. Glickman Curtis has run, unsuccessfully, to obtain a seat on the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board. Additionally, her husband David Curtis, appears interested in running for public office in 2020 after several failed attempts at other political positions, including the race for California Secretary of State in 2014 and the 2010 Nevada Gubernatorial Election.
We feel Marnie Glickman Curtis should resign from her position as a trustee of the Dixie School District.
Her personal political agenda is inappropriate and a conflict of interest for a school board member.
Below is a relevant timeline:
May 8, 2018: The parcel tax passed, requiring each household in the district to pay $470 annually, which goes directly to the funding of the Dixie School District.
May 15, 2018: Covered by the distraction created by the parcel tax success for funding the school district, Ms. Glickman Curtis, without conferring with her Dixie School District constituents at large, brought in outside activists and began her campaign to rename Dixie by posting polls on Facebook and Twitter: It is Time to Rename Dixie “yes” or “no”.
July 1, 2018: Marnie Glickman Curtis and three activists who had been involved in prior attempts to change the district’s name (Noah Griffin from Tiburon, Kerry Pierson from Mill Valley, and Sukey Schwartz from Marin City) visit the Dixie School House.
July 29, 2018: Internet efforts promoting the name change were circulated among members sympathetic to the activist cause. The majority of these members are not district residents
August 6-28, 2018: The Change The Name Facebook page was created and, again, promoted to out-of-area activist groups before being presented to Dixie School District constituents. A petition was posted on an out-of-area activist’s Facebook page in what appears to be an effort to garner outside interest, gather a following, and present a fait accompli to the board while blindsiding the local community.
August 31, 2018: Marnie Glickman Curtis and superintendent Jason Yamashiro went on ABC news as representatives of the school district stating that the Dixie name is synonymous with the confederacy. To our knowledge the school board was not asked how the matter should be handled.
September 11, 2018: Ms. Glickman Curtis visited the Marin Human Rights Commission with husband David Curtis and Kerry Peirson.
October 9, 2018: At a public board meeting of the Dixie School District, with over 60 members of the public in attendance, Marnie Glickman Curtis opposed the reading of the first resolution to bring this issue to the general public for an advisory vote. Her prepared remarks can be found on her blog. http://www.marnieglickman.org/schoolblog
October 15, 2018: Ms. Glickman Curtis, via a letter from her attorney, implies potential litigation against the school board and district, stating they breached the Brown Act.
October 16, 2018 Marnie engaged a human rights group on Twitter to try and gain external support against our community.
November 13th 2018 Marnie Glickman Curtis is the lone vote against taking the name change to the community. She threatens that the KKK may fund the campaign to keep the name and that bringing this matter to a public vote will bring rioters that throw Molotov Cocktails. Below is the full video of her speech to the board.
November 7th 2018 The Change the name group came out with a letter to their supporters naming Marnie Glickman Curtis as one of their fearless leaders. Imagine electing someone to congress and finding out afterwards that they were the head of a lobby group that was pitching their cause to congress.
December 18th 2018 Marnie Glickman Curtis posted a photo of herself laughing at an article in the Marin IJ that came out discussing the turmoil in the Dixie Community.
December 23rd 2018 Marnie’s husband David Curtis wrote a letter to the Marin County School Supervisor regarding one of her fellow board members and it appears he was attempting to get the other board member off of the Dixie School Board. We feel that Marnie should be working with her fellow board members to come up with a solution for the district and not working against them and threatening law suits and asking for their resignation if they disagree.
Below are some highlights of the basic tenets of school board policy that we think, based on the above evidence, that Marnie Glickman Curtis has violated.
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OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES BETTER THAN THIS!
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