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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Castro Valley Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jo A.S. Loss

Castro Valley Unified School District, Governing Board Member
11,268 votes (24.84%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • It is important to maintain prudent financial stewardship to enable CVUSD to excel. The Board must continue to be fiscally conservative and increase the district’s reserves. It is also critical that there are the necessary resources for learning,
  • Priority must continue to be given to retaining and recruiting quality staff throughout CVUSD. Staff members have a great impact on a child’s academic success and our district’s culture is to support and nurture our own.
  • CVUSD has recently completed a strategic plan that I support wholeheartedly. I encourage you to review our vision, goals, core values and priorities at



Profession:President, Castro Valley USD Board of Education
Governing Board Member, Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education — Elected position (1995–current)


University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, German (1977)


I believe that my experience, knowledge and passion for public education are exceptional credentials for your vote on November 8th.  I have served as President of the California State PTA as well as Vice President of Leadership and Education.   I have held many positions statewide such as: P-16 Council, EdSource Board, Center for Reading Advancement Board, Education Coalition and local positions; President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer-Alameda County School Boards Association, Chairman-Council for the Prevention of Drinking and Driving, President-Castro Valley Education Foundation.  In addition, I have earned a Masters of Boardsmanship and Masters of Governance from the California School Boards Association.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Assembly member Bill Quirk
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus

Organizations (1)

  • Evolve California

Elected Officials (2)

  • Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Frank Mellon, East Bay Municipal Water District Board

Individuals (8)

  • Gary Howard, Trustee Castro Valley Unified School District
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, Retired Superintendent
  • Kunio Okui, Retired Board Member
  • John Barbieri, Retired Board Member
  • Jim Negri, Retired Superintendent
  • Janice Friesen, Retired Board Member
  • George Granger, Retired Board Member
  • Ellen Corbett, Retired California State Senator

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Jo A.S. Loss:

As required by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) developed a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) based on input from all stakeholders including parents, staff, students and community members.  The LCAP is an in-depth explanation of the initiatives and programs funded under LCFF to ensure that all students are college and career ready.  The goals outlined in the LCAP provide the measures for success and are examined by the staff and board regularly throughout the year.

Summaries of the LCAP have been distributed throughout the community in multiple languages and posted on the district website.  Staff is encouraged to share the goals and summary with families and initiate conversations at PTA/parent club.  The Board of Education aligns its goals with the LCAP and receives regular updates from staff that are publicized throughout the community by a district email newsletter.

CVUSD is committed to communicating often and concisely with our community because LCFF is complex and the district has not received the large increases in funding that some of neighboring districts have.  It is critical that our community understand how the board is allocating the LCFF revenue and to ensure that the funding is improving the education of all students in Castro Valley, especially the students identified by LCFF.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have served on the Castro Valley School Board for twenty-one years and am very proud of our schools and the School Board’s positive impact.  Castro Valley Unified School District has become a “district of choice” where families seek to enroll their children and are a source of pride for our whole community.  In June, the community’s voters approved a $123 million investment in their schools, a great vote of confidence in the Board of Education.

I believe that my community has continued to trust and re-elect me because I am a passionate champion for education.  I am a thoughtful, prepared board member and keep each child's academic achievement at the forefront of every decision made.

I am involved in the community in many ways and have made an investment for almost 30 years to make Castro Valley a wonderful environment for families and children.

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