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Coronado School Board Candidate Esther Valdés

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 1:28 pm

Q: Why did you decide to run for the Coronado School Board and what qualities do you feel you offer the residents of Coronado?

A: As the daughter and sister of Mexican immigrants, our family placed the highest priority on education. The unparalleled access to education is the trademark of the United States, which serves as the underpinnings of a stable and ongoing democracy.

I am a firm believer in public education, coupled with my love for students, which compelled me to run for a second term as a Trustee for Coronado Unified School District. I am the product of public schools and proudly so: I graduated from Chula Vista High School, the University of California San Diego with honors, and the University of California Berkeley school of law. Hence, I am committed to affording the same opportunities that I was given in this country, to the next generation of achievers, students, and lifelong learners.

In 2016, I decided to run for Coronado school board, because I believe in quality public education for all students. As the parent of a 2015 Coronado high school graduate, I decided to give back to the community by using my skills as an attorney to regulate, administer and employ legislative protocols with dexterity which would reflect our community values. My experience as an attorney, and small business owner, helps me to remain vigilant especially with regard to fiscal matters. Being fiscally conservative is a necessity in our school district, where due to the local control funding formula implemented in 2013, our students at Coronado Unified School District receive less funds from the state due to the absence of sub groups which were denominated by the state as having priority for funding. As such, my past two years as a school board member have been characterized by advocating for fiscal prudence, transparency, as well as an honest dialogue with how we as a school district can support our students without cutting programs. 

If elected to a second term, it would be a privilege and honor to continue to serve the students and families of Coronado. My priorities would once again be dictated, by the academic, social, and mental well-being of our students. Serving a second term would also afford the community a greater chance to build on past initiatives such as salary parity for all CUSD educators, greater enrollment through inter district transfers, partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and advocating for fiscal efficiencies to ensure that CUSD remains, in my opinion, the best school district in the county.

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