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Alameda County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
 Smart Voter Ken Berrick

Candidate for
Member; Alameda County Board of Education; Trustee Area 3

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Children's Nonprofit Director
  • Founder/CEO Seneca Center For Children And Families 1985-present
  • President Elect California Alliance of Child and Family Services
  • Member California Child Welfare Council
  • Member Education Committee CA..Alliance of Children"s Services
  • Sponsor Senate Bill 2234 Intensive Treatment Foster Care
  • Two children ages 6 and 9 in Oakland public schools
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • Support Teachers by ensuring the availability of adequete resources in the classsroom. Endorsed by Alameda County Teachers' Association (CTA/NEA).
  • Reduce truancy rate and the resulting juvinile crime rates by using proven intervention techniques that keep youth in school.
  • Increase high school graduation rates by creating specific intervention and support plans beginning as early as the fifth grade..
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Key Endorsements
  • Jerry Brown, California State Attorney General
  • Sandre Swanson, California State Assemblymember
  • Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Schools
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Position Papers
The Importance of Coalition Building and Political Advocacy
The Alameda County Office of Education is faced with the worst potential budget crisis in recent history. In past years, the Board has not always worked in perfect harmony with the Superintendent and Alameda County school districts. In facing the upcoming crisis, unified advocacy will be an absolute imperative.
Inequities in public education
Within Alameda County schools, and most particularly among schools serving the most vulnerable populations in the county, significant disparities exist between schools serving students in wealthier catchment areas and schools in areas of relative poverty. We must begin to address these disparities so that every child in Alameda County has the ability to graduate high school and to access opportunity in an economy where education is predictive of economic well-being.
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