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San Francisco, San Mateo County, CA June 2, 1998 Primary


By Michael W. "Mike" Fitzgerald

Candidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 12

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California's public education system was once the envy of our nation, but now our students rank near last in fundamentals like reading and arithmetic. As a product of California's public education system, and the son of a former California Teacher of the Year, I will not turn my back on public education, but realize it is in need of drastic reform.
As your Assemblyman, I will:

Support expansion of charter schools to give parents a choice in determining the best learning environment for their children.

Guarantee funding for class size reduction.

Require that teachers be tested for subject-matter competency.

Support connecting our schools to the Internet and providing facilities that are conducive to a good learning environment.

Promote more English-as-a-Second-Language instruction in place of bi-lingual educatiion.

Support the evaluation of teachers by student test scores.

Oppose attempts to eliminate the use of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score as a criterion for admission to the University of California and State University systems.

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