They had six members in attendance (I believe Director Smith-Blum was missing).
Apparently the vote was 3 yeses (Martin-Morris, DeBell and Carr) and 3 abstained votes. So the Board Manager said it did not pass.
DeBell corrected her and said abstaining votes don't count, they have a quorum and the majority of the quorum said yes.
THEN, Ron English, district counsel stepped up and said he wasn't sure.
Now, as a former PTA president who is supposed to know Robert's Rules of Order (but I don't know them well), I do know there are two issues.
One is what abstaining votes mean and the other is what constitutes a majority vote.
"...Abstentions do not count in tallying the vote; when members abstain, they are in effect only attending the meeting to aid in constituting a quorum..."
On the abstaining votes, DeBell is correct. They do not count as votes at all. (I have word out to the directors who did vote this way to ask why they voted this way.)
However, DeBell would seem to me to be wrong on what constitutes a majority.
Robert's Rules seem to indicate that a majority of ALL ballots (including abstains) must vote Yes for a motion to pass. They would have needed 4 yes votes to pass the measure and they did not have that.
What would be interesting is to ask Director Smith-Blum what her vote might have been. Since it seems it did not pass, they may have to wait until she is there and see what that answer might be.
However, there are some differing statements in Robert's like this (and it may depend on which version you are reading):
...While it is the duty of every member who has an opinion on the question to express it by his vote, yet he cannot be compelled to do so. He may prefer to abstain from voting, though he knows the effect is the same as if he voted on theThis is NOT saying that the vote is counted as an affirmative (nor a negative), but that by abstaining, it is aiding the cause of the prevailing vote.
"...The basic requirement for adoption of a motion by any
assembly with a quorum is a Majority Vote, except for certain motions as listed below. A Majority is 'more than half' of the votes cast by persons legally entitled to vote, excluding blank votes and abstentions.
Majority does not mean 51%. In a situation with 1000 votes, Majority =501 votes; but 51% = 510 votes.
I will again say - NO one with 5 weeks of training should be teaching any Special Ed student. I don't care how enthused or caring a person they are. These are students with special needs (hence the "special" in education). TFA teachers have no training for these students and it is likely illegal and definitely wrong to put them in front of these students. I have a special needs child and if they had tried this with me, I would have gotten my child out of that class and possibly sued the district.