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ED4ED: “Why Educators Support Edward Headington”

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

A bipartisan coalition of local education leaders has formed to support Edward Headington’s bid for the 38th Assembly District seat. We, the “Ed for Education” coalition (ED4ED), recognize Ed’s potential to have a real impact on local education as both a member of the Assembly majority and as the practical and balanced candidate focused on real policy improvements. ED4ED supports Headington over his challenger, who has been curiously absent on the education issue—except as the only NO vote on Prop. 30 at the recent College of the Canyons board meeting.

Headington recognizes substantive change is needed in our state budget and that this must include stable, reasonable support for schools at every level. Without fail, California’s legislature chooses to “borrow” from education with no foreseeable intention of repaying these funds. Headington believes the solution to this looming crisis is to stop holding education hostage during budget negotiations every year. Instead, he pledges to work with like-minded legislators to keep education above the political fray. Ed wants to help local school districts manage the hundreds of well-intentioned but unfunded mandates that end up doing more harm than good to students. For a state as large and diverse as California, one size should not fit all.

At a time when this critical issue challenges our outstanding local schools, Headington’s opponent has skipped nearly all local forums to discuss education reform and has offered no tangible solutions to improving education. Ed, by contrast, has not missed an opportunity to speak out on key budget issues or meet with local leaders in education.

Headington recognizes the connection between a strong economy and a workforce trained through our state’s outstanding Community College and University system. He supports restoring funding to these institutions to make them affordable and accessible for middle class families. Our region has tremendous potential to create sustained job growth and Headington will help prepare our students to lead productive lives through fulfilling careers.

As local elected officials and leaders in education, we understand the challenges facing the strained state budget. We also understand that in facing those challenges, Edward Headington will make protecting education a top priority. Please let this factor into your decision-making when you go to the polls on Tuesday.



Sincerely,

Christy Smith-President,
Newhall School District

Paul Strickland
-Board member, William S.
Hart High School District

Suzan Solomon
-Board Member, Newhall
School District

Susan Christopher-Board Member, Castaic Union School Board Member

Rose Koscielny-President,
Saugus Union School District

PAID ENDORSEMENT LETTER

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