Champion for Education

My role as a School Board Member gives me an understanding of the role public schools plays in ensuring the success of all students. I have been a champion for early childhood education; science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) initiatives; increasing parent involvement; and committed to responsible and equitable fiscal oversight. While on the School Board, graduation and college-going rates continue to be above the state average; there has been an increased investment in student academy opportunities (i.e. Entrepreneurship, Health, Computer Science, Media Arts, etc.); increased funding for facilities renovations and upgrades through community support; maintained and expanded arts programs for all students; and supported our educators through the roll-out of Common Core. These areas will continue to be important to me in the state assembly.

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Protecting Our Environment

As a School Board Member, I have worked hard to build a broader and more representative coalition of environmentalists to protect California’s natural resources and my commitment to an increase in renewable energy and stronger action on climate change is one of my top priorities when elected to State Assembly. In 2014 I actively supported Measure P in Santa Barbara County which would have prohibited “high intensity” oil and gas operations such as fracking, acid well stimulation treatments and cyclic steam injection.While on the school board, I have supported leveraging the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) funds to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and …

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Jobs for the Future

For past seven years I have worked with hundreds of students at UCSB to help prepare and train them for careers in various research fields (engineering, science, social science, and the humanities). School district has supported career technical education including creating partnerships with local community college for CTE careers and pathways (Health Academy and Culinary). District collaborates with County Office of Education, through a program called Partners in Education to provides work and internship opportunities with local businesses (including trades) for district students.

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