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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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San Marcos Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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Lucia E. Acosta

Small Business Owner
13,388 votes (15.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Overcrowding, there are not enough teachers or classrooms. I want to collaborate with the city to plan for future growth and traffic.
  • Parent collaboration, I believe our strength lies with our volunteers. I am open to finding creative ways to implement programs that make parent collaboration easier, and save our district money.
  • Access to online tools, I want to make online tools more accessible to families and compatible with mobile devices. Our current cloud system often has glitches when students log in during peak hours.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Parent/ Business Owner
Owner, Acosta Notary & Translation Services (2013–2016)

Education

University of California at Santa Barbara Bachelor's Degree , Law & Society (2005)
Allan Hancock College Associate Degree, Liberal Arts (2003)

Community Activities

Mentor, SCORE of San Diego (2014–current)
Translator/ Community Organizer, San Diego Organizing Project (2013–current)
Volunteer, Girl Scouts of San Diego (2009–2016)
Case Manager Teen Parent Program, Community Action Commission (2006–2006)
Youth Development Leader- After School Program, LifeBound Leadership (2006–2006)

Biography

My children have had the opportunity to attend San Marcos schools from kindergarten to high school. I feel that it is important to support, advocate, and be involved in the education of our youth. As a parent of a middle schooler and a high schooler, I am familiar with the concerns that many parents have such as overcrowding, college readiness, and common core.

 

 I have translated for parents speaking with local school boards trying to resolve certain issues such as: making parent meetings more accessible, availability of successful school programs, budget issues and more.  I have worked in Washington DC doing legal research on the Workforce Investment Act, to assess the impact career training programs have in preparing students for the workforce. I have lobbied in Sacramento for educational funding to address the needs of the students in my district. 



Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • San Marcos Educators Association

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the San Marcos Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Lucia E. Acosta:

Overcrowding is the most significant challenge facing the San Marco Unified School District. I would like to look at projections for growth and population for our cities. It is important to work with local city officials for traffic, safety, and other issues. If elected, I would work with city planners to make sure we calculate properly for growth and traffic. I would also work closesly with our local colleges especially Cal State San Marcos to make sure that we have enough students interested in teaching so we have enough teachers in our district.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My Philosophy:

Educate our youth so that they can be the leaders of tomorrow. Provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life. Give them support and show them how to resolve issues so they become self sufficient and thrive. Budget should reflect the needs of students.

My priorities are:

Overcrowding Our student population is growing and there are not enough teachers or classrooms. Though we have our new school Double Peak, we still have schools with portables and not enough classrooms. I would like to find solutions by looking at growth projections and help hire and retain more teachers. It is not enough to remodel our school sites we have to plan ahead for growth, traffic and other factors.

Parent collaboration I believe our strength lies with our volunteers. I have met teachers who are willing to change an entire month worth of lesson plans if it does not meet the needs of her students. It is our responsibility to collaborate with educators so that we know how to help our students use what is taught the classroom. We can increase parent collaboration by making information, volunteer opportunities and meetings more accessible to working families.

Access to online tools Our students rely on online tools and campus websites for assignments. I want to make these tools more accessible to families and compatible with mobile devices. Our current cloud system often has glitches when students log in at the same time. Some of the online learning tools are not accessible with certain mobile devices.

Campus programs The past three years La Costa Meadows Elementary has had a program called Watch D.O.G.S. where dads came to school for a day to volunteer and be the campus “watch dogs.” Six years ago Carrillo Elementary had the Lego Robotics program where my daughter and 19 other students were selected to learn robotic engineering.  I would like to provide campuses with tools to develop more programs that will meet student needs.

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