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Charter School Operatives in the WCCUSD

as of July 2020

The charter “movement” in West Contra Costa County is professionally staffed and well paid. Here are some of the known advocates and their (generally paid) affiliations. Their salaries and benefits are paid by political interests that fund various organizations, including “astroturf” parent organizations. Any “helpful information” they provide to the community at large is driven by their political agendas.

If you see these people, or people affiliated with these organizations, commenting on social media, emailing information, and attending staffing events, we urge you to think critically about their message in the context of their role within the nationwide, and indeed statewide effort to privatize public education, starting with the OUSD, LAUSD, and WCCUSD.

Full Name

Organization

Role or Title

Notes

Hilary Harmssen

CCSA*

VP, Regional Advocacy, Northern California

 

Jill Scheible

CCSA

Member Council

Works at Clayton Valley Charter School

Helen Wang

CCSA

Regional Director, Bay Area

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Singer

Education Matters**

Executive Director

https://www.ed-matters.org/executive-directors-message/

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Kang

GO WCC***

Former Communications Manager

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/2018/01/were-hiring-communications-content-manager/
Now Communications Liaison for District 2, Oakland City Council

Maribel Lopez

GO WCC

Director of Community Leadership

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/

Richard Pelayo

GO WCC

Former Managing Director, Member Campaign Study Team

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/datainaction/

Minnie Setty

GO WCC

Member, Leadership Council

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/
Works at Chamberlin Family Foundation

Scottie Smith

GO WCC

Member, Leadership Council

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/
Co-found of “The Blackboard” in WCCUSD

Natalie Walchuk

GO WCC

Executive Director

https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/

 

 

 

 

Raquel Antolin

Our Turn Action Network****

Education Reformer
Former organizer, SFER

Still lists most recent experience (as of 2019) as SFER on LinkedIn profile.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/raquel-antolin-700b07a1/
SFER op-ed:
https://www.studentsforedreform.org/raquel_antolin

 

 

 

 

 

*CCSA = California Charter School Association. Board members listed here:
https://www.ccsa.org/who-we-are
**Education Matters was formed in 2014 as a PAC by Steve Chamberlin, WCCUSD Charter School Operator.
***GO WCC = GO Public Schools West Contra Costa. For a list of other GO WCC “team members,” see: https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/our-team/#
****Our Turn Action Network was formerly Students for Education Reform (SFER). The group is headquartered in New York and has a barebones website with no links to specific WCCUSD activities. It posts on Facebook, but many posts are boilerplate.

The following entities have representation on the CCSA Board of Directors and Member Council:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Charles and Helen Schaub Foundation
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
Ednovate
Education for Change (Alameda County)
Great Public Schools Now
Hastings Fund
Walton Education Coalition