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San Mateo, Santa Clara County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
 Smart Voter Christopher Kent Chiang

Candidate for
State Senator; District 13

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Biographical Highlights
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Public School Teacher
  • Government, economics, and history teacher for the eight years (in Cupertino, New York City, Los Angeles, Mountain View, San Mateo)
  • 2010 Teacher of the Year (Monta Vista High School)
  • Education Technologist: Google Certified Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator
  • MA in Teaching from Stanford University
  • MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia University
  • BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • Fight for a "Children First" state policy agenda that aims at world leading schools and children services.
  • Pass the governor's bold pension reform, oppose high speed rail, and cut prison construction to secure funding for children.
  • Redesign state testing, teacher and principal state certification, and community college based job training to reflect the 21st century economy.
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Questions on Issues

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Position Papers
Education Reform: First Focus on Teacher and Principal Training
Chris Chiang will call for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to demand more from university and alternative teacher and principal training programs. Chris will call for state penalties on any education program that does not deliver effective teacher or principal training.
Education Reform: Testing Fewer Student, but More Subject Areas
If we take a page from Finland, we can tests statistical random samplings of students at each school. This would free up resources to do what Singapore does, which is test more subjects in a more rigorous manner. This gives us more data at the same time allows schools to use our current testing week for class instruction or teacher training.
Education Reform: Getting District and Charter Schools to Work Together
Chris Chiang proposes allowing whole school districts, if they voluntarily choose, to convert their entire district into a charter district, with the full authority to retain and pursue parcel taxes and school bonds. Districts would receive funding in the form of a general purpose grants, so they, rather than Sacramento, would be able to decide how to use their funds best. These proposed charter districts would continue under their existing locally negotiated teacher agreements.
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