Craig Mann Facing Censure from County Board of Education

The Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) will meet tomorrow to decide whether to sanction trustee Craig Mann for violating the Board’s code of ethics. The move stems from several biting e-mails Mann fired off last May.

On July 14, Leon Beauchman, who serves with Mann on the Board, wrote a letter rebuking Mann’s “shameful” conduct for sending a series of emails to County Superintendent of Schools Chuck Weis. Mann CC’ed county staff, community leaders and the media.

The incident followed Weis’s hiring of a new Chief Business Officer. Mann was apparently unhappy about the superintendent’s choice of Ann Jones for the job, and sent a series of increasingly inflammatory and racially pointed e-mails.

In the emails in question (which are attached to Beauchman’s letter), Mann scolds Weis because he did not choose an African American or Hispanic individual for the position. He claims the board is engaging in “Jim Crow” hiring practices, that Weis’s hires are limited to those in “Chuck’s image” and that “The ‘No Coloreds’ sign needs to come down from the COE drinking fountain.”

“Never have a seen a board member take deliberate action to embarrass and insult a member of the governing team like Mr. Mann has done,” reads Beauchman’s rebuke letter. “The messages were increasingly insulting and eventually included a message suggesting that the Superintendent and the County Office of Education were promoting racist practices.”

After the Board announced they would be considering sanctions, Mann (who is up for re-election in November) produced a letter of apology for his actions.

Beauchman was apparently unimpressed. “I found the apology lacking,” his rebuke letter concludes. 

The board will decide on whether or not to officially sanction Mann at its meeting tomorrow evening.

This isn’t the first time Mann has been embroiled in a headline-making controversy. In the early 2000s he worked as chief of staff for former San Jose City Councilmember Terry Gregory. The councilman resigned in disgrace over revelations of booze, food and sports ticket perks he accepted while in office — but not before he fired Mann.

During Mann’s years on the SCCBOE, he led the sacking of popular former Superintendent Colleen Wilcox over harassment accusations. He was in the news again in 2004, when a civil grand jury found that Mann and other school staff had used district-issued credit cards inappropriately during his three terms on the East Side Union High School District board.

Read Leon Beauchman’s letter and craig Mann’s emails here.

11 Comments

  1. Craig Mann is getting too uppity.

    Leon and the rest of us in the house are treated just fine by Mr.Weiss.

    We get real beef sometimes and a full jug of whiskey’

    We get to dance with the folks when the harvest comes in!

    • > Leon and the rest of us in the house are treated just fine by Mr.Weiss.

      > We get real beef sometimes and a full jug of whiskey’

      Sounds like you got to the jug of whiskey before Leon.

  2. So why, exactly, do we need to divert millions of dollars from our kid’s classrooms to support the political nonsense that goes on at the County Office of Education?

  3. Let’s give him a nice little pink slip and a copy of Erik Rush’s new book, “Negrophilia – from slave block to pedestal”. Since he wants to race bait like a teenage member of the Black Panther party, let him do it on his own time. Our children don’t have time for filth like this in charge of their education. How ironic that racism in America now comes from people like Mann and the NAACP.

  4. More race baiting from Mann? Not surprised. He should be removed from office for his comments. They have no place in our schools or in our school politics. At least his opponent this November has some good material to campaign with now.

  5. Perhaps Mr. Mann hasn’t heard, but Proposition 209 passed in 1996.  We’re not supposed to have public sector affirmative action in this state any longer.  Which perhaps raises the question of how someone with his intellectual heft ever got hired in the first place…

  6. This guy sounds like a real loser.  Better to fire his arse than to sanction him.  Is this a paid position and, if so, what is the level of compensation?

  7. So, what happened?

    > SANTA CLARA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
    AGENDA
    Regular Meeting #2062
    Board Room
    July 21, 2010
    5:00 p.m.

    10. STUDY ACTION ITEMS

    H. Consider Sanctions Against Board Member Craig Mann
    Member Beauchman has requested the Board to consider sanctions against Board Member Craig Mann in accordance with Code of Ethics found in Board Bylaw 8241.

  8. Not surprised to learn that this sort of BS goes on wherever DiSalvo is operating. I wonder what his feelings are about his fellow boardmate. I’d think he’d look upon him as a kindred spirit. After all, Mann was only expressing his own displeasure with the so called “achievement gap”, a common theme in DiSalvo’s propaganda posts.

  9. > So, what happened?

    > 10. STUDY ACTION ITEMS

    > H. Consider Sanctions Against Board Member Craig Mann
    Member Beauchman has requested the Board to consider sanctions against Board Member Craig Mann in accordance with Code of Ethics found in Board Bylaw 8241.

    I’m worried.

    There’s been no news.

    Is the Santa Clara County Office of Education on lock down?

    Is there a hostage situation?

    Is Joe DiSalvo safe?

    Is he being silenced?

    IS HE BEING WATER-BOARDED?

    Will SanJoseInside collapse if Joe is sent off to education Siberia?

    DOESN’T ANYONE CARE!!!!