I’m running for school board because Pomona Unified School District needs a fresh new start and a new direction. We need a school board that gets back to basics and deals with our school dropouts, gives our students the skills they need to be successful in the future, and that makes budget decisions that keep the cuts away from classrooms.
According to Education Data Partnership, last year over 500 district students dropped out of school. This is unacceptable! Studies show that children who graduate from high school are less likely to become involved with gangs, commit crimes, and are less likely to have unplanned teen pregnancies.
All students deserve our attention.
I support preparing young people for college or career by emphasizing the basics (math, reading, and writing) while adding skills for the future.
Students these days need computer skills, teamwork, critical thinking as well as vocational and technical training. I will also promote skills that will prepare them for life by teaching them responsibility, respect, and discipline.
Students will be the priority in all decisions I make, and I will insist on fiscal accountability. We do not need to invest our precious district money on consultants to produce fancy brochures. We need to make budget decisions that protect our teachers, school employees, after school programs, and services that keep our kids healthy and safe.
As a college student, community volunteer, and appointee to a Pomona city commission, I will lead the fight to keep our students in school, provide students the resources and support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for college or a career, and make sure budget decisions are not made at the expense of our children. For too long administrators and board members have been in charge while students and parents have been told to do the bake sales and pay more taxes.
Our kids only get one chance at a good education and we must do everything in our power to make sure that they have the tools necessary to succeed.
I am proud to have the support of U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Assemblymember Norma Torres and the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014. I will be honored to have your support.
On Nov. 3, please join me in standing up for our children’s future.
Robert S. Torres