Education is facing its greatest financial challenge in decades.
Nancy Lyons has balanced a budget every year, while keeping Walnut Valley “Kids First Every Day.” Her proposal to make better use of textbooks saved $1.5 million over three years and preserved critical teacher and staff jobs.
Walnut Valley is the highest performing district in the valley. Just released state and federal testing scores back this up. All schools scored at or above the statewide performance target of 800 with eight of 14 schools, including two middle schools, scoring over 900.
Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools have once again been named among America’s best high schools in the report issued by U.S. News & World Report. Both schools are recognized as Silver Medal schools in the “2009 Best High School Search.” Diamond Bar High received the only 2008 Siemens Award for the state of California for Advanced Placement (AP) math, science, and technology. Two Walnut Valley elementary schools, C.J. Morris and Castle Rock, have achieved status as prestigious International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program schools. The elementary students learn with a world view in mind and also take lessons in Spanish as well as Mandarin Chinese.
Nancy visits each of Walnut Valley’s schools at least once a year, observing teachers in their classrooms, conferring with the school principals and inspecting facilities to ensure they are safe and properly maintained.
Nancy is an active member of several parent groups, including the Chinese American Parents Association, the Brahma Foundation and regularly attends school events/showcases at all of the 15 schools.
Nancy will keep funding cuts away from the classroom. She will work to reduce the “achievement gap” for all students regardless of race. She will increase funding for foreign language and music and arts by vigorously pursuing grants; not tax increases. Nancy will work to increase the use of technology for students and parents.
As a classroom teacher at Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Economics from Pitzer College and an MBA from Cal State Fullerton, Nancy knows business and education.
Nancy Lyons is endorsed by Congressman Gary Miller, State Senator Bob Huff, State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Supervisor Don Knabe, Diamond Bar Mayor Ron Everett and Council Members Carol Herrera, Wen Chang and Steve Tye, and Walnut Mayor Mary Su and Council Members Nancy Tragarz, Joaquin Lim and Tom King
Vote for Nancy Lyons on Nov. 3.