Jessica Camacho is an experienced educator–15 years in the field, 9 years in the classroom.
She is a homegrown candidate from Ontario.
Jessica is seeking your support now, and on November 3rd.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020!
PrinCiples & Priorities
It has been alleged that San Bernardino County misspent $300 million--in education.
COVID-19 has completely upended budgets of every kind--including education.
We are entering a new juncture in the educational landscape. In order to meet the challenges and changes ahead of us, we must meticulously go over our budgets--review, interrogate, and understand every allocation, advocate for appropriate spending, and account for every expenditure. With new eyes, fresh critical eyes, I will bring the level of detail and gumption San Bernardino county needs as it makes its monetary decisions.
School choice is the term often utilized to discuss the option and opportunity for a charter school.
The Inland Empire has been designated a booming location for charter schools. Charter school enrollment has increased by 10K students in the past 3 years alone. The county board of education has contributed to this expansion as they make decisions on charter school authorization and continuation.
It is my philosophy that charter schools are not the solution. The solution is not to siphon resources from the universally accessible school. Our focus and energy cannot be on building a separate system of schooling; rather, our focus must be on improving neighborhood schools.
This is universal design, as I mentioned in the equity section in my article, “Ramps, not Steps”--we must consider methods, planning, and philosophies that uplift the entire system not parts of the system, in order to best serve and to best meet the needs of the entire community.
I was a freshman in high school when Columbine happened; I remember the day and moment I heard about Sandy Hook--twenty years later as a teacher. I have come of age as a person and professional watching schools transform and react to a changing society. Schools have had a police presence for over 20 years; at the same time, we have lost school libraries, counselors, elective coursework (wood shop, home economics, etc) and more.
I believe we must take a step back and reimagine what safety looks like, and what potential we can absolutely grow in our students--rather than default to expulsion, suspension, or a referral to campus and local police. Our students deserve to feel safe, and safety is best found in a school that can provide mentorships, counseling, extracurriculars, smaller class sizes, culturally relevant curriculum, and other means and mediums that are focused on positive potential not on reactionary discipline.
In order for schools to provide a world-class education to each and every student, they must be fully funded. Prop 15 seeks to reclaim $12 billion for schools--the estimated reclaim figure is $486 million for San Bernardino County. This reclaiming comes through closing loopholes--it is not an increased burden on homeowners; in fact, 92% of the monies would come from the wealthiest 10% of property owners.
I stand with the California Teachers Association, the Fontana Teachers Association, the Ontario Montclair Teachers Association, and other organizations, businesses, and school leaders, across the state, in favor of this proposition. Together we support Prop 15; together we can invest in schools, our greater community, and our future.
This proposition allows those individuals who are on parole, who have completed their sentence, their right to vote restored.
I stand with the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and multiple representatives and lawmakers across the state who support Prop 17. This is about ensuring the right to participate in the democratic process and the right to have one’s voice heard.
This proposition would allow 17-year olds, who will be 18 by the next general election, to participate in primary and special elections. This proposition aligns with 23 states and the District of Columbia, who already allow 17-year olds to participate in primary and special elections. It is an incredible opportunity to boost, promote, and ensure a lifetime of civic engagement. I stand with the California Labor Federation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, the California Association of Student Councils, the University of California Student Association in their support and endorsement of Proposition 18.
We are a global community, who have recognized the value and importance of acknowledging, including, and celebrating people from every background; however, our current graduation requirements do not reflect those beliefs, nor do they instill the importance of inclusion & diversity. AB331 seeks to add a semester-long high school course in ethnic studies as a graduation requirement in California, starting in the 2024-25 school year. Ethnic studies is culture, history, literature, and more. Through this class all students will be ensured the opportunity to see people like them, and not like them, as heroes, innovators, change agents, achievers.
Bill author(s): Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside
*Bill status: The author pulled the bill and is expected to bring it back next year.
Do NOT support/No.
Teach for America and other third-party teacher contractors have been rightfully criticized for dropping in new untrained teachers into the classroom, for contributing to a cycle of turnaround at high-needs schools. However, they have also brought in new talent, new talent that may have never considered the profession. Furthermore, the national average for teachers--less than 5 years--means that the turnaround cycle is not a uniquely third-party contractor phenomena. While I am sympathetic to this bill, and I understand the intent, we need to focus on supporting current teachers and making the profession more attractive so all teachers can stay (happily) in the classroom.
Bill author(s): Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens
*Bill status: The author(s) pulled the bill and is expected to bring it back next year.
With budget cuts and re-prioritizing funds, our schools have lost programs and support for our most vulnerable children, really for all of our children. EAB 8 would require, by December 2024, that all schools--including charter schools--employ a mental health professional (for every 600 students) or contract professional mental health services if they are a small school. Mental Health is public health, is community health; as we have been emotionally and mentally exhausted through this pandemic (being quarantined, adjusting to a new normal), we must be ready to provide the critical mental and emotional supports our students have always needed, and need now more than ever.
Bill author(s): Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose
- B.A. in History & Religious Studies – University of California, Berkeley
- Ed.M. in Risk & Prevention – Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Ed.M. in Curriculum & Instruction – University of Nevada Las Vegas
- M.A. in Urban Leadership – University of Nevada Las Vegas
- Coursework at UCLA, Sierra Nevada, and through eCornell
- K-8 Teacher License &TESL Endorsement
- K-12 School Administrator License
- TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
PolitiCal & SChool Leadership:
- Former teacher leader, teacher mentor, and school district project facilitator
- Recognition and mentorship at the Emerging School Leaders of Color Conference in 2015
- School Leadership Breakthrough Grant for Urban Leadership at UNLV 2015
- Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice (Honor Roll) in 2015