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Parent organization assumes control of United Stanford Workers Representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have assumed temporary leadership of United Stanford Workers, following complaints about infighting on the local's executive committee. The infighting, which centered on union governance, "diminished the ability of the union to represent workers effectively, and to govern itself and its day-to-day operations," said Bill Pritchett, the SEIU west regional director. United Stanford Workers will operate under the trusteeship of its parent organization for the next six months, or until "inconsistencies in operating practices and policies are reconciled," Pritchett said. The local's executive operations will be handled by two SEIU officials. Law professor wins state Senate seat
Stanford law Professor Tom Campbell easily beat out seven other candidates in the race for the 11th District state Senate seat in the Nov. 2 election.
Campbell received more than 60 percent of the vote, while the nearest of his seven challengers, Democrat Hal Plotkin, had 11 percent. He will take over the seat vacated earlier this year by Stanford alumna Becky Morgan.
Campbell has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1983. In 1988, he was elected to represent California's 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served two terms.
Political scientist submits new voucher proposals
Stanford political science Professor Terry Moe has submitted two new school voucher proposals to the California attorney general's office in hopes of getting them on next November's ballot.
The proposals, which Moe wrote with six other people, attempt to address many of the concerns that led voters to reject California's recent controversial school voucher initiative, Proposition 174, on Nov. 2.
Moe's proposals address curriculum requirements, teacher standards, financial accountability and testing requirements. They would give larger vouchers to low-income and disabled children, would be phased in over a seven-year period to mitigate financial effects, and would protect current levels of public school funding guaranteed by Proposition 98.
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