Parents are buzzing about a possible recall campaign against San Diego Unified school board President Shelia Jackson, though they hinted that they could decide to go after someone else.

The rumblings come as Superintendent Terry Grier, who clashed frequently with the board led by Jackson, heads to Houston for a new job. Their goal is to tip the balance of the school board away from labor unions and to potentially convince Grier to stick around.

“Parents are really mad right now,” said Donna Cleary, past president of the Family Faculty Organization at Jerabek Elementary School. “You don’t know the power of parents when their kids are involved. … I think Terry Grier had enough to do with special interest politics and just wanted to be a superintendent for a school district that was concerned about education. “

Cleary said the campaign would need more than 75,000 signatures to get on the ballot. David Page, the parent leader of a committee on funding for disadvantaged students, said that the campaign could be more effective than the letters aimed at getting the school board to woo Grier back to San Diego.

“I think the issue really is about how he’s treated at the school board,” Page said. “It’s not about the money at all.”

Page and Cleary are planning a meeting with other parents on Wednesday to plan their next steps.


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