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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Ann Crosbie

Candidate Ann Crosbie

For Fremont Unified School District Governing Board Member

More than $1M has been cut from Fremont Unified School District's (FUSD) budget in the past four years. Why would you want to be on the School Board during the economic crisis? My answer is simple - because children will still go to school. Even during this downturn, shiny-faced kindergarteners arrived for the first day of school full of anticipation. Someone needs to be there looking out for their best interests.

Why would Ann Crosbie make a difference? I have experience in Fremont Unified and in Education. I have been a substitute teacher in Fremont Unified and have first-hand knowledge of the difficulties our teachers face. Our infrastructure, supplies and teaching techniques are antiquated due to lack of resources, training and support. Our students are living in a fast-paced world where information is at their fingertips but when they walk in to the classroom they feel that they have to "power down." Education isn't relevant or engaging. Working on my Masters degree in Education Best Practices, I've learned cross-curriculum teaching techniques and how we can use technology in the classroom to prepare students for the 21st Century Global Economy. Using the latest effective teaching techniques, we will improve outcomes for all of our students.

ALL students deserve an inspiring education. As the chair of FUSD's Instructional Equity Commission, I have already begun to look at our Equity Issues. As an Ohlone College Trustee, I was surprised to learn that FUSD is graduating students who haven't mastered basic skills. We must do a better job - for our English language learners, our special needs students, our advanced students and the students who are disengaged from school. We aren't meeting the needs of our minority students and suspending a student, who doesn't want to be in school to begin with, isn't an effective strategy.

Infrastructure, technology and training can be expensive. Because we lack funding, we need board members who know something about advocacy. In July 2012, I was flown to Washington DC by National PTA to represent California in education advocacy training for trainers. I will be training education advocates to fight for California students and, as a Fremont Trustee, I will start here at home.

According to, Fremont raises $600 less per pupil per year than similar unified school districts. With 32,000 students, this means a difference in funding of more than $19M fewer dollars per year. We haven't been doing an adequate job of communicating our needs to our community. Fremont understands the importance of education; however, the majority of our households has no children in our K-12 schools and do not know how dire the situation is. Fremont supported Ohlone College's Bond Measure which will raise $349M for the two Ohlone campuses. Our voters will support our K-12 students if they know what is at stake. With your vote, I will be able to use my experience in education and in Fremont Unified to help. Vote Ann Crosbie for Kids. Thank you.

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