After interviewing both candidates the San Jose Teachers Association expressed their clear choice with this endorsement and press release.
“Proven leader can guide San Jose to be both the Capital of Silicon Valley and a place workers can call home”
SAN JOSE — Elected representatives of the teachers, nurses, and counselors in San José Unified School District have voted unanimously to endorse Pam Foley for San José City Council District 9. San José Teachers Association President Patrick Bernhardt released the following statement:
“In her 14 years on the SJUSD school board, Pam Foley has been a vigorous advocate for students, families, and teachers in our city. Her steadfast leadership has seen the district though a period of exceptional change: three superintendent transitions, the worst recession in modern times, and fundamental changes to how California schools are funded, what standards they teach, and how schools are evaluated. During Pam’s stewardship, SJUSD became nationally acclaimed as one of the highest achieving, best managed urban school districts in the nation.
“Under Pam’s leadership, the district has:
§ Created a revolutionary evaluation system that ensures high standards for teachers and their principals
§ Reformed its management of health care benefits to improve outcomes and lower costs
§ Reinvented the way it hires and trains employees to ensure high quality staff in all positions
§ Adopted a job-coaching program to help employees continuously improve their work
§ Supported women and families by becoming the first California district to offer paid maternity leave
§ Weathered the recession through shared sacrifice, avoiding both layoffs and cuts to classroom programs
“Today the greatest anxieties San José teachers face are the cost of living and access to affordable housing. Every year teachers, like police officers, fire fighters, and other civil servants, are leaving Silicon Valley because they cannot afford to live here. Pam has spent her entire professional career helping people find homes. She is the right leader to help guide San José’s ongoing struggle to be both the Capital of Silicon Valley and a community that all workers can afford to call home.
“The teachers, nurses, and counselors of the San José Teachers Association are proud to stand with Pam Foley in her campaign for city council.”
San José Teachers Association, the largest teachers union in Santa Clara County, represents the 1,700 teachers, nurses, and counselors of the San José Unified School District.
FOR ADDITIONAL COMMENT CONTACT: Patrick Bernhardt, SJTA President, 408-267-0411