Dr. Norman Quintero Enters Non-Partisan Race for PESD Board
Candidate Identifies Specific Causes and Cures in Ailing Perris Elementary Schools
PERRIS, Calif., August 29, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Despite available and untapped resources, the Perris Elementary School District continues to struggle in meeting the challenges of educating its students. Current funding is above the average of other statewide districts. Microsoft provides technology at no cost to the district or parents. Nutrition being critical to the learning process, 80 percent of students are eligible for state and federally subsidized meals. A professional, dedicated and qualified faculty shares with a concerned, and an involved, citizenry the absolute priority on fulfilling the potential of every child. So why and how has the system continued to fail?
The reasons and excuses are many. Some might say the school board has succumbed to politics, apathy, incompetence, bureaucratic inertia or generic bromides - or maybe even all five. In order to remedy any problems, one must first identify their existence and their root causes. Only at that point, can real solutions be defined and implemented. Whether diagnosing an illness and treating it or mapping a journey from “Point A” to “Point B,” there must be a viable plan.
Among less than 6,000 students, almost 90 percent meet the criteria of, “socio-economically disadvantaged.” Approximately 50 percent are “English Learners.” In math and reading proficiency, overall ratings by California Department of Education standards, the school district consistently under-performs and founders in the bottom one-third of the state’s public school districts. There are essentially no after-school programs, tutorials nor any systemic accommodation of “special needs.” Average Daily Attendance, on which funding is based, shows that 20 percent - one in five students – are absent from class on any given day.
In researching all candidates for a position on the Perris Elementary School District Board, only one has shown the foresight - a feasible vision - to establish an actual “Road Map” from where the PESD is and how to navigate toward its destination. Dr. Norman Quintero has diagnosed the condition and has taken the bold commitment of addressing the symptoms one at a time.
At this first stage of his campaign for the Nov. 6 election, Dr. Quintero has gone on the record: “Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be confronting each of the district’s and the board’s previous failures as well as the real proposals necessary to rectify them. Today, my priority is on the efficient and productive allocation of our limited, but adequate, resources. Other California public school systems, with far less funding and far greater financial burdens, are outperforming us in academics, school safety and overall development of our kids. I have the advantage of decades as a social advocate, an educator, sharing a common culture with my community and as a mental health professional.”
Dr. Quintero also expressed his enthusiasm for the community, the media and even his opponents to contact him and discuss his comprehensive plan to vitalize the Perris Elementary School District by optimizing and maximizing all of its resources.
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