The County Board of Education is a critical component to ensuring schools are providing high quality education to our students.
In recent years, many questions have arisen regarding the finances of the San Bernardino County Office of Education. Board members have accused the Office of Education of mismanaging resources and diverting funds to non-education expenditures. As an elected Board member, I would work with my colleagues to re-establish authority and review the budget line-by-line to ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency.
The Board has spent money during the COVID-19 pandemic to proceed with lawsuits against students with disabilities rather than spending that money on PPE and sanitation products for schools. Funds need to be properly allocated to allow schools to safely reopen.
Recent allegations by ACLU claims that the Office of Education misallocated $300,000,000 for special needs students (predominantly minority) that was instead spent on law enforcement and security contracts.
The money that the County Department of Education must be properly budgeted to stay within our financial parameters and maintain a balanced budget, with minimal debt.
As a member of the Board, fiscal accountability will be one of my top priorities. I will help ensure that every school district in our region is adequately funded without raising property taxes or incurring long-term debt.
The County Board of Education must offer the leadership our students depend on to ensure a successful future.
Once on the Board, I would present the creation of a Literacy Development Team filled with experts to help us develop curriculum to ensure a solid educational foundation.
Data provided by the California Department of Education between 2015 and 2019 shows a growing academic achievement gap between Black, Indigenous, and Latino students and their peers in San Bernardino County. The solution to this issue is not one size fits all, but it begins by properly allocating resources to these students.
Identification of current educational practices that improve student performance, while dismantling practices that prove to be ineffective should be of critical importance.
The County Board of Education leadership has consistently throughout the years voted against parents choices regarding their children's educational future.
The current board makes it difficult for parents to chose the proper educational environment for our children to succeed.
Students with economic disparities have been burdened by the lack of resources provided by the current Board leadership.
As a Board member, I would allow for parents to maximize academic opportunities by approving innovative educational methods and philosophy.
I agree with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott when he recently said, "...a public, private, charter or home-school... when a parent has a choice the child has a chance."
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