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Judy Burns

Long time friend of local education Judy Burns has passed away. She was 63.

Burns ran for the TUSD school board and lost. Then, she ran again. And again. And, yep, again. Finally, she was elected in 2000 on her fifth try.

Even her detractors have to have admired the tenacity.

Burns was in the thick of it in the fight over ethnic studies, but also worked tirelessly on keeping neighborhood schools open.

School Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian is the one responsible for appointing a replacement.

UPDATE: The original post had the wrong age for Burns.

8 Comments

  1. Georgia wrote:

    I am truly sorry to learn of Judy’s untimely passing. She fought the good fight for many decades, staying in the fray longer than any one else would have expected. She always cared about educational quality and students, and the rights of teachers and administrators, while expecting all of them to do their duty. Who will take up the torch now?

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Yes, Judy was very tenacious and just wouldn’t give up running for the TUSD board till she finally won, 11 years ago.
    I met her when she was that dedicated parent, concerned about the way TUSD was being managed. R.I.P. Judy.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  3. AZW88 wrote:

    Dr. Arzoumanian doesn’t have to appoint someone, she can leave the post vacant as she did when a Sunnyside boardmember was forced to resign last December. However, I bet she does appoint someone to the board, mainly to prevent 2-2 splits, which could create problems for the district.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  4. Georgia wrote:

    Linda Arzoumanian can also schedule a special election to fill the remainder of the term. Expensive, but given the volatile political nature of the board at present, may be the best way for the community to be heard. Lots of people already lining up of course to be appointed. This is a no winner for the average parent and child.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  5. AZW88 wrote:

    Georgia, given the cost of an election and the legal timelines, a special election doesn’t make sense since that term is up for election in 12 months. The election would cost the district about $500.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  6. Georgia wrote:

    How do you come up with the $500 figure? And while we are at it, KVOA just reported that there is a district advisory committee which will review candidates and make recommendations to Linda Arzoumanian. Where did that come from? Not the usual process.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  7. AZW88 wrote:

    Georgia, given the cost of an election and the legal timelines, a special election doesn’t make sense since that term is up for election in 12 months. The election would cost the district about $500.
    Since Pedicone has said he wants a 5th member, Dr. A will likely appoint someone.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
  8. Georgia wrote:

    How do you come up with the $500 figure? I have seen estimates of up to $250,000.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink