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John Briscoe

August 27, 2010

Name: John Briscoe   

Age: 57

Birthplace: Altadena

Residence: 6812 Glen Drive, Huntington Beach

Occupation: broker and small business owner with wife

Education: master's of business administration, Claremont Graduate University, Peter Drucker School of Business; MPA Cal State Long Beach; bachelor's degree in psychology and speech communicaton from Cal State Long Beach

Experience as an educator: California School Boards Assn. has bestowed on me the master's in governance degree as an award for my class work and study in the subject of school board governance.  Additionally, I have had extensive community teaching experience in Boy Scouts of America, Sunday School, and Jewish Big Brothers of Los Angeles.

Previously elected or appointed positions: trustee and governing board member of the Ocean View School District of Orange County

Community organizations you belong to: Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International LA-5 El Rodeo, Grace Lutheran Church, National Eagle Scout Assn.

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Why should constituents vote for you?

Reverse declining test scores, eliminate schools in violation of federal standards; improve music, language, shop and physical education classes; attract back 3,000 missing Ocean View School District children; implement behavior contracts, weekly parent-teacher contact, improve site security; stop furlough day thievery of teaching minutes; pay raises based on proficiency results; halt illegal secret meetings

What do you think is the biggest problem facing your district and how do you plan to address it?

The single biggest problem with our district is our failure to maintain (or enlarge) our teaching program in the communities of Westminster, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach that are included in our boundaries. We have stolen priceless teaching minutes from our children and used the money saved to pay raises to teachers. The board voted 4 to 1 in favor of so-called "furlough days" where teachers are paid more to work less in these difficult economic times. Yes, OVSD teachers were given a raise this year!  And that raise was paid for by students being deprived of eight teaching days in 2010 alone. This equals more than a quarter of a year of learning lost. Shame on us! We should be working to increase teaching time, not voting 4 to 1 against me to cut whole weeks of learning out of our school year. We must do better.

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