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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Candidato para Miembre, Area 1

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Pam Mirabella

Incumbent
17,445 votos (27.49%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • My top priority is to solve the achievement, digital, and opportunity gaps for all students, especially, for our court and community school students.
  • I will continue evaluating each charter appeal petition on its merits according to the Charter Education Code.
  • I will continue to advocate for State and Federal underfunded mandates such as, Special Education. (Short $10M for West County, $42M for Contra Costa County and $6.1 California).

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Incumbent on the Contra Costa County Board of Education, Area 1 (West County)
CCC Board of Education 2016, Area 1 Trustee — Cargo elegido (1988–current)

Educación

California State University, Hayward Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Arts, Business Minor (1994)

Actividades comunitarias

Teacher Recruitment & Staff Development Sub-committee, California County Board of Education (CCBE) (2016–current)
Legislative Committee member, California County Board of Education (CCBE) (2014–2016)
Legislative Task Force Committee reviewing Charter School Education Code, California County Board of Education (CCBE) (2015–2016)

Biografía

Serves on:

 

  • California County Board of Education (CCBE) Legislative Committee
  • CCBE Legislative Charter School Task Force Committee reviewing Charter School Education Code
  • CCBE Teacher Recruitment & Staff Development sub-committee

 

 

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¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Funcionarios electos (4)

  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County (DPCCC)
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, California 11th Congressional District, U.S. Congress
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th Assembly District, State of California
  • County Supervisor John Gioia, 1st Supervisorial District, Contra Costa County

Individuos (1)

  • Bob Campbell, Former Assemblymember State of California, Retired

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Respuesta de Pam Mirabella:

I will let the public know that the County Office of Education (COE) Local Control Funding Formula (FCFF) income is flat funded for the next 3 years.  We receive supplimental and concentration grants for our low-income, English language Learners and foster youth.  The COE has additional legislative roles with no new funding; for example,  the Superintendent of Schools role is to review and approve all 18 school district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP).

These past 2 years, our county board has implemented our LCAP for our court and community schools.  We have a double-sided 2015-16 LCAP overview to share with the public, our progress and our annual budget (LCFF, Federal & Grants).

There are many barriers for our court and community schools where its challenging for pupil achievement, pupil engagement and school climate.  The good news is that our Golden Gate Community Schools have shown an increased attendance by 6%, decreased chronic Absences by 8%, and decreased truancy rate by 17%.   Our LCAP shows pre-and Post-Test Reading gains and reduced number of suspensions and behavior referrals. 

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

As a dedicated, respected Trustee, I am seeking your vote for my re-election. I pledge to continue to address the needs of ALL our children, especially those of our most challenged students, and to serve with my core values of inclusive education, sound legislation, fiscal responsibility and strong financial stewardship. Inclusion, equity, and opoturnity for all of Contra Costa!

Priorities:

  • Early childhood education
  • Solving achievement, digital, and opportunity gaps for students
  • Teacher recruitment and retention/ Addressing teacher salary gap
  • Funding State and Federal underfunded mandates
  • Assuring student safety in school facilities and community

 

 

 

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

“School District Organization: Is Bigger Better?” 1994

Summary

During my return to college to achieve my BA, I wrote a political science paper entitled, “School District Organization: Is Bigger Better?” 1994

As a trustee on the Contra Costa County Board of Education, I often wonder why parts of our Contra Costa County school system have separate elementary school districts that feed into a separate high school districts.  Why are the areas of Liberty in East County and Acalanes in the central county not unified school districts like we have in West Contra Costa Unified School District and Mt. Diablo Unified School District?  Might it prove more cost effective and efficient to unify?

If the Liberty in East County were to unify, there would be a cost saving estimated around $1M.  The legislature would need to give incentives to K-8 districts to unify with the high school districts.

Secondly, I question the efficiency and effectiveness of large districts.  “Next, after noting Webb’s optimum district size of 10,000, I note that the size and SES factors of the West Contra Coast Unified School District (WCCUSD) and Mr. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) may be promoting diseconomies of scale and preventing effectiveness in instructional out-comes.” Page 49

 

For the full text of my position paper, please email anf ask for this paper.  pam4allstudents@gmail.com

“Appoint verses elect County Superintendents of Schools “1993

Summary

During the time I went back to school to achieve my Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts degree, I wrote a political science paper entitled, ‘Appoint verses elect County Superintendents of Schools’.  

I agree with the Contra Costa County Grand Jury 1982-83 report stating, “It is obvious from the recent election campaign for County Superintendent of Schools that this office has been politicized.  “…an  elected County Superintendent of Schools is contrary to the organizational structure of the Kindergarten through 12th grade school districts within the county, each of which has a superintendent appointed by an elected school board.”

The CCC Board of Education votes for the CCC Office of Education (CCCOE) budget.  Since the County Superintendent of Schools is the employer, the County Board has no part of negotiating teacher or classified salaries, benefits or health insurance. 

Today, we have an Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) liability of $11M with a $71M budget.  Our agency, like others can only pay-as-you-go.  We have no reserves to fund this liability. By 2019, new legislation will cost all agencies a pension contribution increase from 8.5% to 19%.

I believe all 53 COE could be appointed, if legislators were to place this proposal on the ballot.  (5 COEs have appointed superintendents)

If you want my published paper, please email and ask for a copy.  pam4allstudents@gmail.com

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