CUSD (Cupertino Union School District) is the largest school district in Northern California. There are 20 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and one K-8 school (before the 2021 school closures). It also has the highest students per household per the 2020 Census Data.
Beginning 2020, three board members at CUSD started pushing for closing schools.
At the end of 2021, the CUSD board voted to close three neighborhood schools at one time: John Muir Elementary School, Meyerholz Elementary School and Regnart Elementary School and signaled that they should be closing more. On that night, two board members Jerry Liu and Satheesh Madhathil voted NO. However, three board members voted YES. They are Lori Cunningham, Sylvia Leong, Phyllis Vogel.
In email exchanges retrieved via Public Record Act Requests, it’s clear that these three Board members are not going to stop with just 3 school closures. In fact, there were seven schools on the potential closure list. They include Miller Middle School, Hyde Middle School, Stevens Creek Elementary School, West Valley Elementary School, De Vargas Elementary School and Faria Elementary School.
These three school board members lied and claimed that they have evidence to support school closure. They claimed that CUSD lacked of funding, Sylvia Leong took tactics from Lori Cunningham and also shed tears in board meetings. She said that our kids wouldn’t have money for field trips if we didn’t close schools right away. She obviously lied. Stacy Yao claims it’s the enrollment decline. But is this all true? Let’s look at some facts.
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