OUR SLATE PLATFORM
Appropriate Funding for CA / WCCUSD Schools
Raising Academic Achievement in WCCUSD
Increase Safety and a Positive Culture
Increase Accountability and Transparency for Charter Schools
Supporting the 2022 WCCUSD Roadmap and Goals
Our slate believes that majority of WCCUSD’s 300 million dollar budget should go directly to our students, educators, staff, and school sites. We believe that through transparency, community input, and the prioritization of students we can continue in this direction. We believe in paying our teachers and staff a competitive salary so that we can attract and retain the most capable and knowledgeable educators in the Bay Area despite the high cost of living. We also believe in funding sites where the experts know what they need most, from curriculum to direct support to students. We need to move away from district wide programs and outside consultants and give autonomy as well as power to the sites to decide what to do so that they can support our children in obtaining the quality education they deserve.
California is 46th out of 50 in per pupil spending in the United States. Our taxpayers in WCCUSD have been very supportive of education and have contributed to West County by supporting Parcel Taxes and Bonds for our students and educators. It is time that we take the lead by advocating at the state level to increase funding, especially for California’s highest need districts like WCCUSD. Our slate fully believes in this mission and will fight to increase per pupil funding through the passing of the Schools and Communities First initiative and by leveraging legislation to continue funding our schools.
We believe that the promise of a free, quality, and positive education must begin ata very early age and that every student in WCCUSD deserves this promise no matter their socio-economic status, immigration status,race, religion, or individual need. This is why we believe so deeply in our public community schools. Our job as trustees is to make sure every single one of our schools delivers on this promise to every student and parent. We believe our teachers, administrators, and staff are working hard every single day, using their vision and collaboration to live up to that expectation. Unfortunately, today our community faces many challenges and has a lot of different needs for which our staff are not fully able to provide. We believe that our school district is moving in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do. With new leadership and collaboration with our labor partners, we believe that we can become a district that truly supports every student and family.
-We need to continue looking at our data to make sure that the supports we’re providing our school sites are working and that our educators have the right tools to support their students.
-We need to make sure our investments through LCAP Funds are going to our biggest need areas and that they are having success. Through engaging parents, students, and staff we’ll be able to be more transparent as well as hold the district accountable.
-We need to continue investing in curriculum that our teachers want that is rigorous, Common Core aligned, and that has embedded within it the right supports for all our students, including english learners and newcomers.
-We have to make sure that the traumas our students often bring with them into the classrooms are compassionately addressed, and that the safety needs of the whole school community are met..
Our goals are:
-All our students will be reading at grade level by 3rd grade.
-All our students who want to go to college will have the right A-G Requirements in order to apply for college by their Junior year in High School.
-All our English Learners reclassify by 5th grade and our newcomers will have the right supports to succeed.
-All our Special Education students will be served and all their needs met.
-All staff will have the tools to be successful in educating and supporting every student in WCCUSD.
We believe we'll achieve these goals by supporting the 2022 Roadmap. To read the roadmap please click below:
Safety and Culture
Every student, parent, and staff member deserves to feel safe in our schools. We deeply believe that providing a sense of physical and emotional safety for our students is key for their success and future. Through our community schools model, every parent should be feel welcomed in our schools and our sites should be a place where the community can go for resources and supports. Our slate pledges to always listen to the community, be transparent with our decision making, and be accountable for our difficult choices as well as our successes. We also fully support and believe in being a “Sanctuary District” where all our students are welcomed. We also believe that safety includes updating and building new buildings where students can be proud to learn every day and staff feel comfortable working.
But safety is so much more than just the physical safety of our students. In order for our students to feel safe, we need to continue working on our district culture both at the sites and district wide. We need to provide PD to our staff on Restorative Justice and Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, and at the same time support their needs as they arise. We need to continue working on our truancy and absentee rates by digging into our data and speaking to our students directly to understand why they don’t come to school.
Our slate does not believe in the growth of charter schools in WCCUSD. However, to address their growth we need to listen to the families that are leaving our system and address their concerns and unmet needs within our district. We need to continue developing our schools and setting high expectations, so that charter schools eventually become unnecessary in WCCUSD.
We believe Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools should be held at the same level of transparency and accountability in California and in WCCUSD. We know that we have to increase academic achievement in order to provide equitable outcomes to every student in WCCUSD, but we also believe that through continuos growth from Charter School we cannot do so. Charter Schools create a divided system and an economic impact to our traditional public schools. We have to continue working on improving our schools but we also cannot continue to allow charters schools to open in WCCUSD, especially without the same level of expectations as our schools when it comes to transparency and accountability. We hope state law changes soon and our slate will be fierce advocates to create more local control and collaborate with state officials on this issue. We stand alongside the California Teachers Association view on Charters Schools below:
"The original intent of charter schools in California was to improve student learning while encouraging the use of different and innovative teaching methods and creating new professional opportunities for educators. It was important that charter schools were developed at the local site level and with the full participation of all “stakeholders,” including educators, school board members, parents, guardians and other members of the community. These “laboratories of innovation” were meant to try new pedagogical approaches on a small scale.
Methodologies that worked could then be imported to traditional districts as part of our collective efforts to provide quality education to all California students.
Unfortunately, as charter schools expanded in California many departed from this original vision. Increasingly, charter schools are operated by large charter management organizations (CMOs). This means important decisions are frequently made without sufficient oversight and far from the school communities they are meant to serve.
Now there is a movement to change this and return to the original vision. Charter school educators, parents, students and community members are standing up to make sure charter schools are accountable to our communities. This is being led by charter educators throughout the state who are unionizing to have a stronger voice in decisions that impact their students and profession. It is also being driven by educators, community members, and students who are working to ensure that charter schools are transparent, accountable and serve our communities."
Accountability and Transparency of Charter Schools