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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de Santa Rosa High School DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Laurie Fong

Teacher, Principal, Parent
49,998 votos (23.4%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • To make certain that all students are ready for college and career by the time they have completed high school. They will be ready to tackle the next educational frontier of college and/or career to prepare for their adult careers.
  • Full examination and study of the budget in order to be transparent and make the best decisions in light of the looming shortfalls. This includes providing for teachers' health benefits, school infrastructure, and programs for students to achieve.
  • Student engagement and wellness. We must partner with community organizations, businesses and government in order to provide a safety net for our most vulnerable and high-risk youth. They cannot learn when there is unaddressed instability and trauma.



Sonoma State University Administrative Credential, School Administration (2000)
University of Utah Masters of Education, Educational Policy (1980)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences (1972)


Laurie grew up in a modest and diverse neighborhood, the eldest of four daughters to second generation Chinese-Americans. She embraced the values of family and hard work from her parents, a WWII sailor turned city map maker and her mother, a nurse. After earning a degree from UC Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Education, and her teaching credential, she began a career in education that has spanned 40 years. As our schools and educational system evolved, so too did Laurie in order to meet each challenge and opportunity - from blackboards, chalk and mimeograph, to spreadsheets, laptops, and iPads; from teaching students to teaching teachers. After retiring at the end of June this year from serving as Montgomery High School's principal the last 10 years Laurie knew she still had more to give to our students and decided to run for school board.


As a parent and community member passionate about public education, her 22 years of hands-on classroom experience in middle and high schools, and 18 more years as a high school administrator, define her record as a true educational leader.


Throughout her career, Laurie has transformed her values into action:  constantly challenging herself to discover and implement strategies to inspire every student to achieve their best – from the valedictorian to reluctant learners who for too many reasons, have not been successful. Her work ethic and compassion have inspired her students, and she's been a model for colleagues to “reach and teach” by expanding classroom resources, communication, cooperation, and social services within the campus environment. These qualities represent her dedication to unlocking the potential of every child, and have earned her recognition throughout her career.


She was twice named Sonoma County’s Principal of the Year and completed the first national credentialing program for school principals, a rigorous two year challenge to measure school leaders for school improvement. At every campus, Laurie has brought her awareness of diversity and cross cultural understanding to heal tensions and deepen compassion. She is often asked to speak at events on behalf of her schools or various community programs to help bring additional financing to accomplish innovative student projects. Under her leadership, Montgomery High School has increased focus on wellness, college and career readiness, equity, teacher support and campus improvement.

Laurie's two daughters, Alison 35 and Kelly 31, attended Santa Rosa City elementary, middle and high schools. Her partner is an intervention specialist for youth and adults, and is a co-leader for Sonoma County's youth LGBTQ program.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Dr. Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Schools Superintendent
  • Santa Rosa Teachers' Association
  • Mike Thompson, U.S. Congressman

Organizaciónes (4)

  • SEIU 1021
  • Sonoma County Democratic PAC, Sonoma County Latino Democratic PAC, Wine Country Young Democratic PAC
  • North Bay Labor Council
  • Sonoma Conservation Action

Funcionarios electos (7)

  • Ernesto Olivares, Santa Rosa City Council Member
  • John Sawyer, Mayor, Santa Rosa City
  • Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County Supervisor, District 5
  • Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Supervisor, District 3
  • Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Supervisor, District 1
  • Julie Combs, Santa Rosa City Council Member
  • Chris Coursey, Santa Rosa City Council Member

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (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 Laurie Fong:

The new plan is called the Local Control Accountability Plan or LCAP for short. This was written after many, many meetings with and for parents, community members, teachers, other staff, administrators. I hosted several meetings for the LCAP when I was principal, including ones for student input. The LCAP is public, can be found online, as well as in printed copies at schools. It is readily available. Comments are always solicited. The State has just put out the metrics for measuring school districts' progress on their LCAPs. As a Board member, I will be involved in study sessions to see what progress has been made, as well as look for areas where we are still not moving the needle. As a principal, I used data regularly to see my school's progress on our individual portion of the LCAP, called "Site Plan for Student Achievement." The data I used included grades, enrollment statistics in honors classes, A-G classes, broken down by subgroups (English Language Learners, by ethnicity, income status).  This is a good way to see which students are succeeding, and which need more support. It directs next steps and emphases. All of this is shared with parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders in publicized and public meetings. The funding from the state is unprecedented: it is directed towards students who have historically not done well: English Language Learners, low-income, foster, and homeless youth. The District has done a good job of communicating plans, but there is always room for more communication and breaking down complex issues and jargon for our families.

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As a lifelong educator, parent, teacher, and principal, my passion for learning, students, families, and teachers is at the heart of my life’s work. Support of student well-being and engagement, teachers, and school infrastructure is critical to prepare all students for their transition into our changing world economy.


As a Santa Rosa City Schools teacher at Piner High School and principal of Montgomery High School, I have successfully leveraged resources to support teaching and learning. My experience in school systems will provide our board with a depth of perspective and expertise to meet our challenges.


I understand the necessity of balancing a complex system that engages and supports our most vulnerable students, while also providing rich opportunities for our higher performing students. My work with students, teachers/staff, families of all backgrounds, and community organizations is rooted in listening and making sound and measured decisions that support all students’ achievement.


I am committed to building upon the solid work our District has done and am dedicated to continuing service to our youth.


Together we are building a 21st century school district that strengthens our entire community.

I would be honored to earn your vote. A vote for Fong is a vote for our students’ success.

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