VACAVILLE — Common Core won support, but unanimous 5-0 votes by school board members did not at a candidates night Tuesday for the Travis School District.
“As Americans, that’s what we do sometimes – stand alone,” Trustee Donna Bishop said of 4-1 votes. “I’m OK with being the only one standing up.”
She was answering a question posed to candidates about building consensus among school board members so they’d cast fewer split votes.
John Dickerson, who with Riitta DeAnda also seek to represent Travis School District Area 2, said, “I am very straightforward when I speak.”
“I try to describe things exactly as they are,” he said.
DeAnda, speaking about the new school standards called Common Core, said the Travis district has to decide which textbooks to adopt to put the standards in place.
Bishop, the lone incumbent among the three candidates, said the school district is waiting for more information about Common Core from state officials.
“We’re in this no man’s land together not knowing what the battle is,” she said.
Dickerson said the school district should get ahead of the wave that is Common Core so that officials are able to ride the wave rather than drown in it.
DeAnda praised the Travis district.
“I am very proud of this school district,” she said, citing its high test scores. “I want to be a part of that.”
Asked about experience with budgets and financial decisions, DeAnda cited her previous work as an accounting manager for a large insurance company in San Francisco.
“I am not intimidated by numbers. In fact, I enjoy them,” she said.
Bishop spoke about her support for music education in elementary schools as well as sports and other activities that help interest children in school.
“If they want to be here,” she said, “they’re going to learn.”
Dickerson said a communications breakdown has occurred among the school board, teachers and the administration.
“I feel I can bridge that gap,” he said.
Voters will elect two school board members Nov. 5. The Travis Unified Teachers Association organized the event, which took place at Foxboro School.
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