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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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San Diego County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, District 5

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Rick Shea

Governing Board Member, San Diego County Board of Education
71,815 votes (42.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Student Safety
  • Student Academic Achievement
  • Quality Education to the Most Vulnerable and Needy children

Experience

Experience

Profession:San Diego County Board of Education, Member
San Diego County Board of Education, San Diego County Office of Education (2015–current)
Teacher, Head Teacher, Administrator, San Diego County Office of Education (1986–2006)
Probation Officer, County of San Diego, State of California (1971–1986)

Education

California School Boards Association Masters in Governance (2016)
United States International University M.A. (1975)
San Diego State University B.A. (1971)

Biography

Rick Shea is a trusted and proven advocate for children. He has dedicated his entire career to helping students succeed especially those most vulnerable.  He is a San Diego State University graduate and also holds a Master’s degree, five educational credentials and has completed the Masters in Governance program through the California School Boards Association. 

He has served as Head Teacher and Teacher for the San Diego County Schools. He was also an administrator for the Outdoor Science School department and Special Assistant to the County Superintendent of Schools.  Rick’s leadership extends beyond the education community.  

He has served his community as President of the Leucadia and Encinitas Town Council and as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councilmember for the City of Encinitas. He also served the Superior Court as a San Diego County Probation Officer.  In his first term on the San Diego Country Board of Education, he has served as Board Member, Vice President and President.  

His top priorities include a commitment to student safety, excellent student achievement and service to the most vulnerable and needy students in the county. 

He is endorsed by parents, teachers, locally elected school board presidents and members, statewide education leaders and local Mayors and Councilmembers. 

Ricks’ passion, leadership, experience, and commitment to children, qualify him to continue to serve the public on the San Diego County Board of Education

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Beth Hergesheimer, President, San Dieguito Union School District
  • Hon. James R. Milliken, San Diego Superior Court, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court (ret)

Organizations (3)

  • San Diego Teachers for local Control
  • San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • San Diego Union Tribune

Elected Officials (26)

  • Erica Halpern, Del Mar Union School District
  • Marla Strich, President Encinitas Union School Board
  • Kathy Rallings, Vice President Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Beth Hergesheimer, President, San Dieguito Union School District
  • Joyce Dalessandro, San Dieguito Union School District Board Member
  • Mayor Dwight Worden; City of Del Mar
  • Rick Cassar, Vice President, Mira Costa Board of Trustees
  • Amy Herman, San Dieguito Union School District Board Member
  • Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear, Mayor, City of Encinitas
  • Katie Dexter, Director, SD County and CA School Boards Ass’n and Lemon Grove School Board
  • Cipriano Vargas, Vista Unified School District Board Member
  • Julie Union, Vice President, Solana Beach School Board
  • Debra Shade, President Solana Beach School Board
  • Kristin Gibson President, Del Mar Union School District
  • Claudine Jones, Carlsbad Unified School District Board Member
  • Rimga Viscanta, Encinitas Union School Board Member
  • Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Pubic Instruction
  • Alicia Munoz, San Diego County Board of Education, member
  • Esther Sanchez, Council Member, City of Oceanside
  • Chuck Lowery, Deputy Mayor, City of Oceanside
  • Toni Atkins, President pro Tempore of the California Senate
  • Tamara Oderi, President of San Diego CSBA and School Board Member
  • Michael McQuary, San Diego Unified School District Board Member
  • Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified School District Board Member
  • Kevin Beiser, President San Diego Unified School District Board
  • Guadalupe Gonzalez, President, San Diego County Board of Education

Individuals (16)

  • Tammy Reina, CA Teacher of the Year and San Diego County Teacher of the Year
  • Jack O’Connell, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Melanie Tolan: 2010 California State Teacher of the Year
  • Stephan Keiley: 2011 California State Teacher of the Year
  • Sara Mathews: 2015 California State Teacher of the Year
  • Hon. James R. Milliken (ret), San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court
  • Hon. Pam Slater-Price, San Diego County Board of Supervisors (ret.)
  • Fahari Jeffers, San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Carol Skiljan; CSBA Board of Directors and Encinitas Union School District Board (ret)
  • Joe Mosca, Deputy Mayor, City of Encinitas
  • Bob Nichols, President Surfing Madonna Ocean Project
  • Carolyn Cope, President Encinitas Historical Society
  • Stephanie Cruz: San Diego County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Gregg Robinson, former San Diego County Board of Education
  • Jack Port, San Diego County Board of Education (ret)
  • Barbara Switzer Groth, Rancho Santa Fe School District Board (ret.)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (5)

Do you support by-trustee-area elections for school boards? Why or why not?  
Answer from Rick Shea:

Yes, the more local the leader is, the more he/she should be able to represent the best interests of the community. This is the spirit of the California Voting Rights Act.

Would you vote to approve new charter petitions that are found to be legally compliant and educationally sound? Why or why not?
Answer from Rick Shea:

I put the interests of the child first. If the petition is legally compliant and not duplicative of district services and meets the needs of the child, yes. If the educational program is unsound, or there are financial irregularities, I would not approve it.

Do you believe school districts and counties should look to charter schools as a way to stimulate improvement in schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Rick Shea:

Yes, the intersts of the child should prevail. Public schools should look to successful innovative charter schools to provide innovation to their schools.

Would you support a bill requiring school districts to report how they spend funds earmarked for low-income children? Why or why not?
Answer from Rick Shea:

Yes, transparency and accountability are  essential.

Should the board limit interdistrict transfers so districts can better maintain enrollment? Why or why not?
Answer from Rick Shea:

No, the interests of the child should prevail over maintaining enrollment.

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