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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Poway Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area C

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T. J. Zane

Board of Education Member, Poway Unified School District
6,335 votes (37.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring our children’s physical safety and security, and social and emotional wellness.
  • Retaining and recruiting the best teachers and support staff.
  • Eliminating the structural budget deficit and reducing long-term debt (including the $1B bonds, if possible).

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner
President & CEO, PAC Management & Consulting, Inc. (2001–current)
Member, Board of Education, Poway Unified School District — Elected position (2014–current)

Education

University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communications (1995)
University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1995)

Community Activities

Executive Committee, San Diego-Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of America (2014–current)
Director Emeritus, Rancho Family YMCA (2018–current)

Biography

T.J. Zane is a small business owner with over 20 years of experience providing public affairs and communications services for a variety of clientele.

Prior to being elected to Poway Unified in 2014, Zane led several major local initiatives, including the fights to preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, to keep MCAS Miramar a military airport, to defeat a citywide sales tax increase, and to pass comprehensive pension reform.

While serving as a PUSD trustee, Zane helped advance many positive changes district-wide: the hiring of a new, well-respected superintendent; implementation of proper internal financial controls and organizational efficiencies; and a renewed focus on school safety – ensuring our children’s physical safety, and social and emotional wellness.

Zane graduated the University of Pennsylvania, is an Eagle Scout and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego-Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Emeritus Board of the Rancho Family YMCA.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Poway Federation of Teachers
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Organizations (5)

  • Poway School Employees Association
  • Republican Party of San Diego County
  • Greater San Diego Association of Realtors
  • Lincoln Club of San Diego County
  • Women VIPs (Volunteers in Politics)

Elected Officials (7)

  • Hon. Steve Vaus, Mayor, City of Poway
  • Hon. Mark Kersey, Councilman, City of San Diego
  • Hon. Ernie Dronenburg, Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Kristin Gaspar, Supervisor, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Mark Powell, Board Member, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Hon. Paulette Donnellon, Board Member, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Hon. Ray Pearson, President, Carlsbad Unified School District

Individuals (6)

  • Hon. Charlene Zettel, UC Regent and former Trustee, Poway Unified School District
  • Lani Lutar, Fmr. President & CEO, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • Scott Himelstein, Fmr. Acting Secretary of Education for State of California
  • Coach Steve Fisher, SDSU Men's Basketball (Retired)
  • Hon. Tony Young, Fmr. Council President, City of San Diego
  • Hon. Steve McMillan, Fmr. Trustee, Poway Unified School District

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (4)

What are the pressing problems of this school district, in your opinion, and what experience do you bring to the Board that will help address these problems?
Answer from T. J. Zane:

In the past three years, I’ve helped advance many positive changes district-wide: a new, well-respected superintendent was hired; an entirely new cabinet has been assembled; and proper internal financial controls and organizational efficiencies have been implemented.

Yet, important issues require further attention: retaining and recruiting the best teachers and support staff; eliminating the structural budget deficit and reducing long-term debt (including the $1B bonds); introducing more classroom innovation and Career Technical Education opportunities; and increasing transparency and accountability in decision-making.

My top priority, however, is ensuring our children’s physical safety, and social and emotional wellness. That’s why I called for a community forum to discuss school safety; developed revisions to the District’s anti-bullying/digital citizenship/online safety policies; acquired new campus security cameras; and helped create the tip line 844-PUSD-TIP to promote a “See Something, Say Something” environment.

What is your view of charter schools?
Answer from T. J. Zane:

I believe a demand for charter schools is created when parents do not feel as though the school district to which their children are assigned is doing an adequate job educating their children and preparing their children to succeed in college and in a wide range of post-secondary options in order to work and live productively.

Fortunately, Poway Unified has been living up to and performing to parental expecations and there has not been a demand for charter schools in the district.

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives (for students who are not in charter schools), so that more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Answer from T. J. Zane:

I believe PUSD's intra-district transfer policies are appropriate and working well.

Are there school discipline strategies or behavioral support programs that you find appealing alternatives to exclusionary or punitive discipline? If so, which ones, and why?
Answer from T. J. Zane:

I support implementing more restorative justice practices districtwide.

Edutopia.org describes restorative justice this way:

Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups, and it's a growing practice at schools around the country. Essentially, the idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions, and air their grievances.

For the growing number of districts using restorative justice, the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer.

In practice, these programs vary by district, but inclusion, bringing affected parties together, making amends, and reintegrating students into the classroom community are traditionally common pillars. 

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— October 10, 2018 KUSI

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