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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Candidato para Miembre, Area 3

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Vikki Janeen Chavez

Professor/Business Owner
23,466 votos (33.54%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • I will work with the other board members,community leaders, and state advocates to ensure funding moves in the right direction to adequately meet the needs of the 21st century students.
  • Helping ensure every child receives the high-quality education they deserve while providing them with the support required to help them navigate the stresses they face as they grow up.
  • I am a big believer in vocational education and keeping students in school is a priority. They must be engaged for this to happen. It easy to expell. It is rewarding to train. There are so many fields a student can enter that does not include college



Profesión:teacher/small business owner
teacher, Peralta Community College/Laney College (2003–current)
small business owner, self employed Charisma Salon (1982–current)


College of San Mateo Associate in Arts Degree, Cosmetology/Business (current)

Actividades comunitarias

Courrt Appointed Special Advocate, CASA (2016–current)


In my business and career at Laney I have spent many years listening to people talk abut their families. What most of us want is for our children to be happy and secure and as parents we hope they are safe and in the company of those that protect and care about them. I promise to listen to the public, treat them respectfully, and believe it is the right of all children to have the best education that fits them. My family found one such alternative in the public school system, so I know there are alternatives to large campuses. However, all avenues within the laws in the State of California should be explored when it comes to finding the best fit for a child. OUr children deserve our attention and care.

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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 Vikki Janeen Chavez:

I will work with the other board members,community leaders and state advocates to ensure the funding moves in the right direction to adequately meet the needs of the 21st century. A big issue facing the county boards is making sure the districts are spending education dollars according to the plans they submit. This is all new to the public as well, and it is their right to be aware of the school spending. We must make it clear and the information must be brought straight to the parents and schools. The more that the public knows of the planned outcome, the districts will certainally be held accountable. This is public information and transparency is manditory.

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Vocational Education is a priority


I bellieve in vocational education and keeping students in school is a priority. They must be engaged and interested in a vocation and there are numerous trades and fields that a person can study that do not include a four year college necessarily.

I have a desire to bring attention to the disenfranchised youth and evaluate current courses of study and their effectiveness. I believe a big issue is enduring that our students are adequately prepared for the workforce, higher education and training. I believe we need to provide an increased focus on computer science and technology for our students. Also, we need to make sure our students learn how to be problem solvers and thinkers, so they can function in the workforce.

Vocational training is a way to engage students and keep them from leaving school at as early an age as middle school.

Expand career, vocational and technical education.


I will promote apprenticeship programs and career-training partnerships to high school students.

Building on the previous topic, a priority of mine is Career Technical Education. We need to expand courses and assure students can discover a path for their future. Truancy is a large problem that is just beginning to be addressed. If a student sees a path for his-her future, it will bring more interest to school and to themselves. Children/students can learn there are trades that include working with their hands that can lead to them joining the workforce. Young children can learn where our food comes from, which I know is done on a small scale now. It is as simple as grow the food, eat the food and feel healthy and this can lead to the hospitality industry and health sciences. They must be engaged and be encouraged to stay in school. There are apprenticeships at the junior college level that can be a goal for those interested. It needs to start at a younger age.

Charter schools


I am not pro-charter. I am Pro-child.

Schools should be not be for profit. Charter Schools should be held to strict standards and must be held accountable.

Charter schools should be should be decided and approved on a case by case basis, according to the State of California law.

Eery child is entitled to the best education possible. It is their right.


If after a district denial it comes to the board on appeal, I will follow the guidelines for the appeal process in evaluating any charter. It is important that charters fit in, and work well with the community. Taxpayer funds should be used to strengthen our public school system. The public education system should not be considered a profit center. I support implementation of accountability for charter schools. They are known to cherry-pick students and their purpose is not supposed to be only for a few elite students. Traditional public schools should fulfill their role in the community and this is where an emphasis should be. We should not permit for-profit charter schools. We must not accept charter schools without requiring strict financial oversight and public accountability. Charter schools must be subject to the same oversight as public schools and must demonstrate success. We should hold charter schools to higher standards. As it stands they do not accept every student, but they receive money for these students. For example, special education students. There needs to be a great deal of accountability so the charter schools can implement changes.

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