It was hard to believe when we heard these comments about voting: “We have a big body of students who are not represented in the ballot, and that is our students who live outside the boundaries of the City.”
That’s right. Not everyone who attends Culver City schools lives inside the boundaries of the City. They do not have a vote for our City Council, our School Board, or our local ballot initiatives. That is normal and that is how the voting laws are written.
However, School Board member Paula Amezola wants to change that. She asked the School Board and the City to investigate allowing 16-year-old students and their families who attend via permit (and do not reside in Culver City) the right and power to vote here. And nobody present in the meeting seemed to have a problem with the idea. The context was a discussion about supporting a local initiative to allow voting rights for 16-year-olds who reside here.
Superintendent Quoc Tran discussed the idea as “a movement, and if we are successful, then other municipalities, surrounding us will consider the same thing.” This meeting entertained far-reaching ideas about massive legal changes to voting. Why is the school board so interested in trying to increase the number of voters for school board and city council members? This was highly political and not focused on students or teaching and learning. Certainly there are other issues to work on at the schools.
Full video, part one: www.ccusd.org/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=339837
Full video, part two: www.ccusd.org/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=339836