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Super PAC puts down money in Burbank school board race

Group has sent out materials in support of two school board candidates.

February 22, 2013|By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

“I am assuming these things come to you and you're supposed to answer them,” she said.

Dobson had also recently answered a questionnaire for StudentsFirst, but was unaware of the super PAC's support until he received the mailer at his home.

“I don't know what to make of it,” he said.

Applebaum questioned StudentsFirst's involvement in the election, saying it was “unusual for this to happen in Burbank.”

“Something doesn't smell right to me,” he said. “They have every right to engage in the political process. I would certainly question as to why.”

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Burbank Teachers Assn. President Lori Adams, meanwhile, said she had been “warned” about the super PAC from the California Teachers Assn.

“[The California Teachers Assn.] is very aware of them and is concerned that parents are being deceived into thinking they will improve their schools when they really just take away the professionalism of the teacher [to] make them less stable with high staff turnover,” she said.

For their part, Tabet and Dobson rejected any insinuation that they support turning public schools into charters.

“I've lived here 48 years,” Tabet said. “I don't want anything different for [Burbank].&rdquo

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