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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Santa Ana Unified School DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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John Palacio

Governing Board Member, Santa Ana Unified School District
18,500 votos (26.5%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Preparing students for the future; maintaining safe schools; improving test scores; improving the quality of our schools; providing safety upgrades and essential repairs are major priorities.
  • As a parent of a child with disabilities, I know the importance of making a difference, including providing training programs which empower our parents to help their children academically succeed.
  • Sound fiscal management, accountability and oversight



Profesión:Governing Board Member, Santa Ana Unified Sch Dist
Governing Board Member, Board of Education, Santa Ana Unified School District — Cargo elegido (1998–current)


University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Degree (current)
University of Arizona (current)

Actividades comunitarias

Member, Santa Ana Elks Club (2018–current)
Member, Santa Ana Lions Club (2018–current)
Board of Directors, Community Housing Resources, Inc (2007–current)
Board of Directors, Orange County Community Housing Corporation|SteppingUP (2017–current)
Member, Santa Ana League of United Latin-American Citizens, Chapter 147 (1990–current)


John Palacio was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education in 1998.

John Palacio received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, attended Catholic University of America Law School and did graduate studies at both Bucknell and Arizona State universities. He is a National Urban Fellow.

Representing Region 15, he was appointed to a 2 year term (2018-2020) to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly.

He is active in the community as a member of the Santa Ana Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks; Santa Ana Host Lions Club; Santa Ana League of United Latin-American Citizens, Chapter 147;  National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research and The Transportation Corridor Agencies, Toll Roads of Orange County Latino Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Community Housing Corporation | SteppingUP which provides Orange County low income families towards greater self sufficiency by assisting them with housing and educational opportunities.

Over the years, Palacio has been active with the Boy Scouts, including currently serving on an Advisory Committee on Community Outreach.  He is also a former member of the North Santa Ana Rotary Club.

Palacio has also been very active over the years with The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund which provides scholarships, mentoring and support to Hispanic youth in Orange County. HEEF also recognizes outstanding Orange County educators.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Palacio has been very involved in working with the developmentally disabled.  He currently serves on the Board of the Directors of the Community Housing Resources, Inc. which provides affordable housing opportunities for adults with disabilities. He has also found time in the past to serve on the Board of Directors of both the Orange Caregiver Resource Center (Serves the Brain Injured) and the Regional Center of Orange County which serves developmentally disabled adults and children.

For nearly 10 years, Palacio was involved as a Vice President, Manager and Coach with the Challenger Division of both Northwest and Bolsa Little Leagues.  The Challenger Division which served residents in Santa Ana and parts of Garden Grove and Tustin, is a special baseball league for developmentally disabled youth, ages 5 through 21.

Palacio, who is self employed as a Consultant, has resided in Santa Ana for over 35 years with his wife, Sonia. Their two sons, Johnny II and Steven, attended and graduated from Santa Ana schools.

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Featured Endorsements

  • State Assemblyman Tom Daly
  • Former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
  • Congressman Lou Correa

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

The District is in good fiscal condition and equally important, our students are improving every year academically.  SAUSD graduation rates continue to increase, surpassing both California and Orange County averages.

Our students are competing all over the country and being accepted to prestigious public and private universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame, Chapman, University of Southern California, Tufts, Boston,  and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hundreds of students are being accepted to the University of California and California State University systems.  This year alone, approximately 100 SAUSD students were accepted at UC Irvine.  It is very common to see SAUSD students to name a few attending UC Berkeley, UCLA, and CS Fullerton. The SAUSD NJROTC Program is among the best in the country resulting in our NJROTIC graduates being accepted to our Nation’s military academies. Bottom line, SAUSD graduates are college ready and able to compete with anyone in the country.

SAUSD is but a handful of school districts in the county that have a Pre-International Baccalaureate Program (Saddleback High School) and a Middle College High School where a student can graduate with both an associate of arts degree and a high school diploma at the same time. SAUSD Dual Immersion Programs are expanding.  SAUSD graduates receiving a Seal of Bi-literacy in a foreign language continue to increase, surpassing both California and Orange County averages. Bi-literacy provides our students with a competitive edge in a global economy while also receiving college credit for foreign language proficiency. In its second year, the SAUSD Speech and Debate Program took the National Intermediate School Championship. Over 800 students are enrolled.  SAUSD is one of a handful throughout the country that have an elementary through high school speech and debate program.

Mariachi Sol De Mexico, Eddie Olmos’ Youth Cinema Project and Relampago Del Cielo Ballet Folklorico are part of the Arts Conservatory at Santa Ana High School.  District music, dance, theatre and choir programs are second to no one. This year, the Santa Ana High School Choir Program was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City. All District schools have outstanding and expanding Visual and Performing Arts Programs.

SAUSD’s state-of-the-art award winning 21st Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies ranging from High School Inc. at Valley High School in particular and throughout the District beginning from the intermediate school level to high school are exceptional. CTE offers over 74 pathways with dual credit with local community colleges, industry certifications and internships. Our robotics, coding and engineering programs are being expanded. Our students are working as summer interns at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Our Culinary Arts Program continues to be among the best in country. Although our students are improving every year, we need to continue the trend.

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