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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

San Diego Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area B

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Kevin Richard Beiser

Math Teacher
216,657 votes (56.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Academic Excellence: #1 Highest Graduation Rate in CA (Ca Dept of Education 2018), #1 Academic Growth in the US in both math and Reading (NAEP 2018, SD Union Tribune 4/10/18). STEM, Music/Arts, Small Class Sizes. Career Tech Education,
  • Fiscally Responsible: #1 Highest Credit Rating in CA (AAA, Fitch 2017), A+ 100% Rating by SD County Taxpayers Assoc on their annual report card, Saved Taxpayers over $170 million interest, A+ External Audits, Cut Waste to Save Programs
  • Safe Learning Environments: Air Conditioning, Safe drinking water far above the 15 ppb EPA standards, Facilities worthy of our children, Locally grown and sourced food, Endorsed by San Diego Police, SD School Police and PORAC.



Profession:Math Teacher and Trustee SD Unified School Board
Math Teacher, Sweetwater Union High School District (2005–current)
Trustee, San Diego Unified School Board of Education, San Diego Unified School District (2010–current)
President, San Diego Unified School Board of Education — Elected position (2010–current)


University of Phoenix, San Diego CA Master in Education, Mathematics and Social Science Teaching Credentials (2004)
Willamette University, Salem OR Bachelors of Arts (1991)

Community Activities

Advisory Council, Classics 4 Kids (2014–current)
Member Delegate, California School Board Association (2010–2015)
Member, San Diego Unified Audit and Finance Committee (2011–2015)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • San Diego Education Association (SDEA)
  • California Charter School Association (CCSA)

Organizations (6)

  • Asian American Pacific Islander Dem Club of San Diego
  • San Diego Police Officers Association (SD POA) and SDUSD POA
  • San Diego County Labor Council
  • UCSD Student Democratic Club
  • The Sierra Club
  • Chicano Democratic Club

Elected Officials (12)

  • Toni Atkins, President Pro Temp CA State Senate
  • Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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  • Todd Gloria, CA State Assembly
  • Susan Davis, US House of Representatives
  • Juan Vargas, US House of Representatives
  • Scott Peters, US House of Representatives
  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, CA State Assembly
  • Georgette Gomez, SD City Council
  • David Alvarez, SD City Council
  • Chris Ward, SD City Council
  • Barbara Bry, SD City Council

Individuals (9)

  • Miyo Reff, Asian Business Association
  • Mel Katz, President Emeritus SD Chamber of Commerce
  • Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Founder Qualcomm
  • Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, Past President San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
  • Derby Pattengill, Past President San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
  • Dr Willie Blair, President California State BAPAC
  • Dr Jane Gawronski, CA State Superintendent of the Year
  • David Valladolid, President PIQE (Parents Institute for Quality Education)
  • Jose Cruz, President San Diego Council on Literacy

Questions & Answers

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

Do you support Measure H to impose term limits on San Diego Unified School District board members? Why or why not?
Answer from Kevin Richard Beiser:

I support Measure H to impose term limits on San Diego Unified Trustees as recommended by the San Diego City Council, and San Diego Unified Volunteer Community Committee who conducted several town hall meetings soliciting input from teachers, parents, students and citizens about this issue.

Currently, San Diego Unified School District board member candidates are nominated by trustee areas in June, and then face voters in the entire district in November. Do you think that SDUSD board members should only be elected by the voters within their own trustee area? Why or why not?
Answer from Kevin Richard Beiser:

The current system is a district only election in the June primary, then the top two move on the a district wide general election. The San Diego City Council and San Diego Unified Volunteer Community Committee who conducted several town hall meetings from stake holders recommended that we study this and other issues as more analysis was required before the deadline to qualify an amendment to the San Diego City Charter for voter approval. With the census in 2020 and redistricting it is logical to make any changes at that time to consider adding additional trustees to the San Diego Unified School Board, adjust redistricting to not divide school cluster communities between two or three different trustees on the board, or consider other changes. I am not opposed to district only elections given the fact that we already have district only elections in the primary. We still have time to conduct additional analysis before making a change to the San Diego City Charter in this area.

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

Yes. The Board of Education must operate within the parameters of the California State Education Code and state laws which govern charter schools. State law articulates that a charter petition or renewal that complies with the legal requirements of the state must be approved, if not then they appeal to the San Diego County Board of Education and then the California State Board of Education. I have been endorsed by the California Charter School Association, American Federation of Teachers, San Diego Education Association, Parent Teacher Association Presidents for fighting to ensure that all children recieve a quality education.

Should school board members weigh in on political issues, such as immigration and gun control? Why or why not?
Answer from Kevin Richard Beiser:

To the extent that issues have a direct impact on our student's ability to learn, feel safe at school and impact the families and staff then it is incumbent upon those entrusted with our children to advocate for their well being.  

I am proud of the work I have done to advocate for issues that have a direct impact on our students to create a positive learning environment where students can achieve at higher academic and extra-curricular areas.

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives, separate from charter schools, so more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Kevin Richard Beiser:

I strongly believe in choice and have fought to protect and expand opportunities for families and students to attend schools that meet their individual needs.  We have about 48% of students that choice into a school not in their residence boundary. We have a variety of options for families to choose from; Arts Focused schools like the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA), Zamarano Fine Arts Academy, and Oak Park Music Conservatory, Crown Point Junior Music Conservatory, and Freese Arts and Culture.  There are Several STEM Magnet Schools (such as Franklin ES, Carson ES, Jefferson ES, Johnson ES, Linda Vista ES, Valencia Park ES, Washington ES, Montgomery MS, Millennial Tech MS). International Bacheloriate IB programs have received national attention (Birney ES, Jefferson IB ES, Roosevelt IB MS, San Diego IB High School, Mission Bay IB HS). Benchley Weinberger ES Communications, Green ES Academics and Athletics, and several language immersion schools that are magnet or other such as the Barnard Mandarin ES, Language Academy k-8 French and Spanish, Longfellow k-8 Spanish immersion, Gage ES Spanish immersion, and many others...  

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