Carlsbad Trustee Kathy Rallings Under Investigation by Fair Political Practices Commission

November 2022

Oceanside, California – Carlsbad Unified School District Trustee Kathy Rallings is currently under investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for failing to disclose her teachers’ union income in her campaign filing forms earlier this year. Todd Maddison, a founding member of parent advocacy group San Diego Schools, filed a complaint with FPPC outlining how Trustee Rallings was required to disclose her income from the California Teachers Association (CTA) as a potential financial conflict of interest when she filed for re-election in July.

Complaint 2022-00741 was filed on September 22nd, 2022, and details this lack of disclosure. Trustee Rallings retained an attorney to attempt to have the Complaint dismissed prior to the FPPC initiating an investigation, but this effort failed. On October 19, 2022, the FPPC reported that the allegations have merit and will be fully investigated by the FPPC, which includes the possibility for issuing subpoenas and interviewing witnesses.

Ms. Rallings failed to list her employment and income from the CTA, which conducts business with the Carlsbad Unified School District through its local affiliate, the Carlsbad Unified Teachers Association (CUTA). The CTA also provides advice and services to CUTA via CTA Regional Staff, of which Trustee Rallings is a member. Knowledge of that is essential for voters to make an informed decision in the upcoming election. This employment presents a direct conflict of interest with her obligation to represent community members, parents and children, given her position as a CUSD Trustee allows her to vote on approval of labor agreements that may provide direct benefit to her employer.

San Diego Schools believes in “Transparency and Accountability in Education”, including in our school board representatives.

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