Schools Digest Workshop focuses on kids with special needs May 1, 2005: "Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix and a former State Board of Education member, will be honored with the first annual Pacific Collegiate School Heritage Award.
Hastings, one of the founders of Pacific Collegiate, served as the first board president and helped get the college prep charter school off the ground."
Via the LA Times: "movie rental company Netflix, reported Monday that he gave $200,000 to support the proposal to redraw legislative boundaries, an idea opposed by Democrats, who control the Legislature, and by many Republican legislators. Hastings said in an e-mail that he gave the money in hopes that the measure would open the way for the election of more moderate legislators.
Schwarzenegger nominated Hastings, a Democrat, to the state Board of Education, but the Senate rejected his nomination earlier this year. Hastings said the rejection had nothing to do with his decision to donate the $200,000."