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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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San Marcos Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area E

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Christina Linden

Community Leader
1,839 votes (19.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • School Buses for All San Marcos Unified Students to ease traffic congestion and provide for better student attendance.
  • Construction cost controls and accountability to make sure that EVERY tax dollar is spent responsibly or not at all.
  • Community Involvement. EVERY decision and vote should be guided by the voters, stakeholders, students and community members.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Community activist, organizer, and volunteer.
Director, National Hispanic Institute Alumni Association — Appointed position (2015–current)
President, Woodland Park Middle School Parent Teacher Organization — Elected position (2017–2018)
President, District English Learners Advisory Council — Elected position (2016–2017)
President, Twin Oaks Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization — Elected position (2011–2012)
Legal Researcher, Social Security Administration (2000–2004)

Education

University of Houston Bachelor of Arts, Communication-Media Policy/Media Studies (1999)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County 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 Christina Linden:

    I believe the largest issue currently faced by SMUSD involves finding a way to involve, inform, and innovate with the stakeholders in the district including parents, students, local businesses, and educators.

 

     My experiences bringing together parents, teachers, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds at the local levels of Parent Teacher Organizations and English Learner Advisory Councils will be applicable to listening to stakeholders, finding answers to their questions and concerns, and finding innovative ways to solve the challenges in our community that include budget deficits, nearly criminal wasteful construction spending, and to provide for transportation solutions that ease traffic conditions within the district.

What is your view of charter schools?
Answer from Christina Linden:

     I believe that the innovation found in charter schools is a success that we should immitate here in the San Marcos Unified School District.  Parents should feel like partners in a student's academic success, and teachers should be focused on educational innovation.

     Unfortunately, we are saddled with unreasonable demands from the SMEA Teacher's Union which would prevent the kind of innovation that is achievable through modeling the charter school formats because their demands would bankrupt the school district and cause the state to come in and take over our schools.

     

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 Christina Linden:

     No.  Parents should be able to choose their schools within reason.  School choice leads to greater diversity, but it ALSO leads to greater traffic congestion.  This is why buses and increased public transportation availability are SO necessary. 

     If we are going to give parents the choice of what schools to send their students to, then we also need to make transportation to those schools available for parents so that we do not break our already overburdened infrastructure here in the San Marcos Unified School District.

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 Christina Linden:

     I believe that school discipline should be left to the School District's administrators.  Governing Board members are tasked with general direction and guidance, NOT individual discipline strategies.

     That being said, I also believe that behavioral support and mental health support should be more widely available in our schools.  Teaching students that self-care and appropriate mental health care are normal values and activities that they should undertake throughout their lives.

     We would never allow a diabetic student to go without care for their diabetes.  We should not allow a student with a mental health issue to go without care, either.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

     I am a fiscal conservative with socially liberal values.

     I believe we should watch the spending of every tax dollar with an eagle eye to make sure that each dollar is spent wisely, and we should do our best to decrease spending when possible to make sure that taxes can be lower for families.

     I also believe that no student should be left behind.   We should be making sure that each and every child feels that their needs are priority 1 for the School District. 

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