Gov. Jerry Brown has named Bruce Holaday, who for five years ran the military charter school in Oakland that Brown founded, the next member of the State Board of Education.
, 59, currently does fundraising and designs teacher workshops and programs for at-risk youths as the director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates
, a nonprofit in Half Moon Bay that offers conservation education to schools.
For most of his career, Holaday has taught and been an administrator at military schools, although he didn't attend a military academy or serve in the military.
For 28 years he held various positions, including English teacher, development director, and administrator of a large summer school and camps, at the Culver Academies, a century-old private military school in Northern Indiana.
"My background is not typical for this position," Holaday
said in a telephone interview.
A backlash against the Vietnam War wiped out dozens of military schools in the 1970s, but within the past decade there has been a resurgence of the military model in magnet and charter schools attracted to its "clear and distinct purpose and direct approach to behavior and values," said Holaday
, comparing it with the Boy Scouts when done well.
"The heart and soul of good military schools are patterns of ritual and traditions, knowing that each year the traditions will go on," he
Holaday attended public schools and graduated with a B.A. in English and education from the University of Illinois.
He also has a Master's in education from the University of Indiana.
grew up in Champagne, Ill., home of the university where his
father was a professor of drama.
mother had a Ph.D in French.
didn't have to travel far for the job with Culver Academies; it's on the same lake in Indiana as the family's summer cottage.
, Charter Schools
I have no idea if Mr. Holaday
has utilized the same exclusive and discriminatory practices with our Governor's charters.
The Governor's election committee would constantly bombard me with "please donate" emails, but when I'd ask for specifics I received a resounding silence.
Where's the Governor's accountability for students with disabilities in his
schools and what is Mr. Holaday's
position on students with moderate/severe disabilities in charters?
position to create a better environment for this population or will it be a gift to the California Charter Schools Association
who uses dues to lobby for favorable laws that will enrich them at the expense of the public and our public schools that serve all children?