The unions representing teachers and other school workers have endorsed three candidates for the Simi Valley School Board. They have endorsed Debbie Sandland, Rob Collins, and Dan White. Endorsing ncumbents Debbie Sandland and Rob Collins were not a surprise. I think many will be surprised that Dan White earned an endorsement from these unions.
I find Dan White to be thoughtful, passionate, and dedicated. His record of service to the Education Foundation shows public education is a long term commitment for him. I appreciate that his website lists endorsements from important leaders in education. Listing partisan activists and Republican Party candidates does not impress me.
I have spoken to Dan White a few times and I think he would make great contributions to the school district based on his experiences and passion for technology. I was skeptical of him when I first heard he was running. So far I have been pleased with many of his ideas.
I was on the interview panel and I was impressed with many of the candidates. Josie Hirsch and Josh Galanti were scheduled to be interviewed for an endorsement but did not make it. Leroy Leyba and Carla Kurachi have much they can contribute to public education. I appreciated many of their responses to questions.
I do not agree with many of the issues that teachers unions often support. I support good charter schools and better reviews of teachers. I chose to volunteer for this panel because this election for school board is critical. Changes and reforms need to continue in our schools. We need good leaders to help.
As a teacher I ask you to find out more about Dan White and the other candidates. I want you to determine if they deserve your vote.
What value do you see in these endorsements? What changes do you want from your local schools?