GLENDALE ? It was only one in a string of yes-or-no questions, but a simple yes from Glendale City Council member and state Assembly candidate Frank Quintero has teachers from both Burbank and Glendale up in arms.
When candidates running in the 43rd Assembly District were asked at the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council panel discussion Monday if they supported school vouchers, Quintero said, "yes," opposing a long-held position by the California Teachers Assn.
Later in the forum Quintero revisited the issue.
"I am a reform candidate and I am interested in anything that's going to challenge the status quo," Quintero said.
But Quintero, a Democrat, said Friday he is, "unequivocally against school vouchers and I always have been."
Union officials, however, have reacted strongly to the comments made on Monday.
"We were stunned," said Burbank Teachers Assn. Co-President Kim Allender, who helped organize a news conference planned for 9 a.m. today in front of Quintero's Glendale headquarters at 440 W. Broadway, where Burbank and Glendale teachers association members plan to condemn Quintero's stance.