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Sacramento County Board of EducationCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 7

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Harold Fong

Trustee, Sacramento County Board of Education
17,906 votes (57%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide every child the best education by providing a seat at the table for parents and teachers where decisions are made to close the achievement gap.
  • Stop the bullying in schools by having more parent involvement in our schools and hiring more teachers that reflect the diversity of our student population.
  • Use every tax dollar wisely by reducing administration cost and put more of funds directly into the classroom.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Trustee, Sacramento County Board of Education, Area 7
Project Manager, California Department of Health Care Services (2006–current)

Education

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing California Teaching Credential (1991)
California State University, Sacramento Master in Social Work (1980)
California State University, Sacramento BA in Ethnic Studies (1973)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • James Shelby, President and CEO, Greater Sacramento Urban League (Retired)
  • Darrell Steinberg, former President of State Senate, State Senator, Assemblyman, and City Councilman.
  • Supervisor Illa Collin (retired)

Organizations (10)

  • Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County
  • Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
  • John F. Kennedy Democratic Club
  • Woman Democrats of Sacramento County
  • Fem Dems of Sacramento County
  • Elk Grove South County Democratic Club
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council
  • California Labor Federation
  • Sacramento County Democratic Party
  • California Teachers Association

Elected Officials (13)

  • Tony Perez, Trustee Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Fred Gayle Jr., Trustee, Rio Linda Union School District (Retired)
  • Jerry Houseman, Trustee Sacramento City Unified School District (Retired)
  • Miguel Navarrette, Trustee Sacramento City Unified School District (Retired)
  • Mariko Yamada, former Assemblywoman and candidate for State Senate
  • Darrell Fong, former Sacramento City Councilman
  • Betty Yee, California State Controller
  • Genivieve Shiroma, SMUD Director
  • Assemblyman Ken Cooley
  • Walter Garcia Kawamoto, Trustee Twin Rivers Unified School District
  • Lisa Kaplan, Trustee Natomas Unified School District
  • Dr. Crystal Martinez-Alire, Trustee Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Mayor Heather Fargo, Retired

Individuals (4)

  • Marianna Rivera, MESA Engineering & computer science Program (MEP) at CSUS
  • Dr. Herbert Yee
  • Darrell Roberts, Co-Founder/CEO, Roberts Family Development Center
  • Jose L. Perez, Publisher and CEO of Latino Journal

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement in the Voter Guide

Summary

 As the son of immigrant parents I know how important education is and how it can transform lives. We need partnerships with parents, teachers, and the community to provide the best education for all students. 

We need to bring people together, not pull them apart.  Our children deserve it and their future depends on it.

Parents know what their children need.  Teachers work tirelessly to prepare our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.  Parents and teachers need to have a seat at the table where important decisions are made.  As your county school board member, I will continue to make partnerships, not politics, a priority.  We need to respect parents and teachers and work together in partnership and cooperation to improve our schools. 

During my term in office and during the recession, I have voted to balance the budget every year.  I have attended almost all the board meetings and have taken very few trips to conventions.

I have talked with parents during back to school nights and open house to ask how we are doing educating their children.  Spoke with students in small groups to ask how we could better meet their needs.  Spoke with teachers to ask for their advice on improving education programs.   I have taken all this to board meetings to ask staff to look at how we can meet their concerns. 

This have resulted in continued improvements of our educational services.  I'm proud that our teachers and staff won nine Golden Bell Awards from the California School Board Association for outstanding educational programs.

As the son of immigrant parents and the first to graduate from college, I know how important education is and how it can transform lives.  As a former teacher in Sacramento City Unified School District, I know the challenges classroom teachers face every day.  As a parent I experienced firsthand how parent involvement makes a difference in my child's education.  And from my experience as a community organizer with housing tenants, a social worker in Sacramento County Children Protective Services, education and social service director with the California Conservation Corps, and currently as a program manager in the California Department of Health Care Services, I know that it takes the entire community to support the education of our children.  These experiences also helped me to be an education leader on this board.

I respectfully ask for your vote to continue to serve you as your community representative on the Sacramento County Board of Education.

Videos (2)

KCRA Interview of Harold Fong — June 1, 2016 KCRA-TV

high risk students, ROP program, charter school

Sacramento City Unified School District Closing 7 schools — June 2, 2016 Sacramento City Unified School District

My statement to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education opposing the closure of seven schools.

go to second set of video of meeting.  Start at 51.07 into the video. 

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