Just days after voters soundly rejected opposition from the Glendale Teachers Assn. to Measure S and incumbent school board member Mary Boger, critics say the outcome bolsters their assertions that the union is out of touch.
The union’s opposition to Measure S — the $270-million school bond — stoked the ire of Glendale Unified school board members, parents and its own dues-paying members. So too did its campaigning — the union spent more than $40,000 championing school board candidates Nayiri Nahabedian, who was reelected, and Ingrid Gunnell. Union funds were also used to swipe at Boger in the run-up to Tuesday’s election.
The union’s expenditures, which exceeded those of any one school board candidate but fell well below the $160,000 spent by the Yes on S campaign, produced mixed results. Union-favorite Nahabedian was reelected, but so was Boger.