Long before COVID-19, school safety has been my priority because students and our families must feel safe and secure before meaningful learning can occur. My plan to ensure school safety includes creating a Director of School Health & Safety who has the knowledge and the background to serve as a clearinghouse, coalition builder, and advocate for safety & conflict resolution policies.
Secondly, considering the increased use at our schools and the disciplinary consequences affecting their academic success, lets establish more significant preventative measures on vaping. We need to partner with middle schools, LA County of Education, and parenting/community groups on such preventative measures.
As your Trustee, I plan to strengthen our public school system by fully funding our classroom and guarding against outside interest that may divert funding from our public schools.
While we should applaud the high graduation rates, we need to look at additional methods of improving the math, language arts, and physical fitness scores.
We need to explore providing test preparation and tutoring services immediately after 8th grade so that students have a more definite command of the A-G graduation requirements. Move forward to expand concurrent dual enrollment opportunities to take college classes through the great partnership that already exists with Rio Hondo College. Furthermore, we need to work with Rio Hondo College to expand the course offerings in the Summer session.
After all, IT IS A FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION.
We need to harness the talent and leadership within the district’s teaching community by providing more opportunities in professional growth.