Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 | Is it just me or does Emily Alpert‘s note on a local group of businesspeople and civic leaders at University of San Diego sound like deja vu all over again? When the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Roundtable lobbied for hiring former School Superintendent Alan Bersin in 1998, the fix was in. The SDUSD School Board announced that they wanted a “non-educator,” knowing all along that Alan Bersin was their man.

Now we have another private group of self-described leaders holding a private meeting to discuss issues of concern for the district. The invitation cites four main areas of concern including transparency and community involvement. Without any irony intended the meeting is closed to the public. If I were this group’s English teacher, their invitation to the event would be penalized for not defending the claim.

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