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San Bernardino County Board of EducationCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area C

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Ben Rich

Retired School Administrator
44,504 votes (42.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • SAFE SCHOOLS - Protecting students from violence, discrimination, harassment, bullying and exclusion is job one.
  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE - Every student needs to be ready for college, advanced training or a good paying job.
  • FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY! People work hard for the money they pay in taxes, and they expect that every dollar allocated for school be put to good use educating our children.



Profession:Retired School Administrator
Coordinator, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (WESELPA) (2014–2016)
Student Services Director (Special Education), Upland Unified SD (2012–2014)
High School Principal, Upland Unified SD (2007–2012)
Member, Board of Education, Chino Valley Unified School District — Elected position (1993–1997)


CSU Fullerton Master of Science, Education (current)
CSU Northridge Batchelor of Arts, Political Science (current)
CSU San Bernardino Certification, School Business Management (current)
ACSA Certification, Special Education Administration (current)
ACSA Certification, School Personnel (current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Democratic Party (Officially Endorsed Candidate)
  • CCSA Advocates (Charter School Supporters)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Hon. Sam Crowe - Member, Ontario Montclair School Board
  • Hon. Sherman Garnett - Member, County Board of Education

Individuals (9)

  • Jerry Halpin
  • Kim Crowley-Mizera
  • Lynn Esparza
  • Lisa Grossman Block
  • Rabbi Gil Alchadeff
  • Cedric De Visser
  • Beth Ayers
  • Dr. Linda Goldman
  • Rabbi Barbara Zacky

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Safe Schools


Protecting students from violence, discrimination, harassment, bullying and exclusion is job one.

There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe at school. Gun violence is a serious threat to our children and Ben will add his voice to the growing movement to enforce our current gun laws and add to them in ways that will protect children. Safe schools also include protecting students from discrimination, harassment, bullying, and exclusion. Ben will stand up for all of our children and speak up forcefully to protect students of color, new immigrants, religious minorities, LGBT students and students with learning disabilities.

Financial Accountability


Public schools should be held to high standards of financial ccountability.

Every publicly funded school should be held to a high standard of accountability regarding the use of public funds. Taxpayers have the right to expect that their tax dollars will be spent wisely and on educating our children. We need a system of accountability that makes financial records readily available for public inspection online. We must also recognize that California spends far less on education per student than a majority of other states.  This must change.

All Students Means ALL STUDENTS!


We simply can not afford to leave children behind. The price ist too high.

It is no secret that many of our children face social and institutional barriers in achieving their full potential in school. The system euphemistically refers to this as the “achievement gap.” In my view, the achievement gap is as much of a measure of our institutional inability to educate children as it is a measure of individual student achievement. Some progress has been made but the gap persists. Here are just a few examples of what needs to be addressed across the state and in our community.


Graduation Gap – The graduation rate for African-American students in California is 70.8%. The graduation rate for Hispanic or Latino (of any race) students is 78.5%. The rate for socioeconomically disadvantaged students is 77.7% The graduation rate for Asian students is 92.6%. And the graduation rate for White (not Hispanic) students is 88%.


Dropout Gap – The dropout rate for African-American students in California is 18.8%. The dropout rate for Hispanic or Latino (of any race) students is 12.6%. The rate for socioeconomically disadvantaged students is 13.1% The dropout rate for Asian students is 4.5%. The dropout rate for White (not Hispanic) students is 7.4%.

In Our County - Last year, the dropout rate for White students in San Bernardino County was sadly 8.8%. The dropout rate for African American students was a staggering 17% the dropout rate for Hispanic students in San Bernardino County is was 11.9%.


College Readiness Gap – Twenty-six percent of African Ameer rate for African-American students in California is 70.8%. The graduation rate for White students is 88%. This is an 18% gap.


Student with Learning Disabilities – The graduation rate for Special Education students in California is 64.5%. The dropout rate for these students is 14.9%.

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