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San Diego County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, District 3

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Alicia Munoz

Governing Board Member, San Diego County Board of Education
61,361 votes (50.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address issues of equity and success for all students in San Diego County.
  • Advocate for San Diego County Office of Education at all levels.
  • Support public education in all ways possible.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator
Dean of Instruction, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Cuyamaca College (2017–current)
San Diego County Office Board of Education, San Diego County, District 3 — Elected position (2014–2018)
English as a Second Language Professor, Cuyamaca College (1998–2017)

Education

San Francisco State University Master of Arts (M.A.), English with a TESOL emphasis (1996)
U.C. Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Comparative Literature (1975)

Community Activities

Member, Common Assessment Initiative, Academic Senate, California Community Colleges (2015–2017)

Biography

I have been involved with education for most of my professional life, working primarily in the community college system.   I taught English as a Second Language at Cuyamaca College for over twenty years.   During that time, I served as Chair of the ESL department and President of the Academic Senate.  I am now the Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

I hold an M.A. from San Francisco State University, a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and took doctoral classes at SDSU and Claremont Graduate University.

As a San County Office of Education Board member, I collaborated with teachers and staff to strengthen the County Office of Education’s efforts to support English language learners, foster and homeless students, and at risk-youth.  I am dedicated to ensuring students receive the education they need to excel, so they can enter the work force or transfer to college.

My experience in education, coupled with my commitment to serving students and the community – make me the right choice to continue serving on the County Board of Education!

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • American Federation of Teachers

Elected Officials (2)

  • Guadalupe Gonzalez, President, San Diego County Board of Education
  • Antonio Martinez

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (5)

Do you support by-trustee-area elections for school boards? Why or why not?  
Answer from Alicia Munoz:

Yes, because I believe that the voters should have the ability to elect their representatives, as stipulated by the California Voting Rights Act.

Would you vote to approve new charter petitions that are found to be legally compliant and educationally sound? Why or why not?
Answer from Alicia Munoz:

I would vote to approve new charter petitions if they are found to be legally compliant and educationally sound by district staff, and if they are not duplicating services already provided by the school district.

Do you believe school districts and counties should look to charter schools as a way to stimulate improvement in schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Alicia Munoz:

I think school districts, counties, and charter schools can learn from each other to stimulate improvement in schools.  Innovation does not reside exclusively in charter schools.  Nonetheless, since school districts, counties, and charter schools are all part of the public education system, they should work in a collaborative manner in the best interests for all students.

Would you support a bill requiring school districts to report how they spend funds earmarked for low-income children? Why or why not?
Answer from Alicia Munoz:

I believe transparency is critical at all levels of government, so I would support school districts reporting how they spend funds earmarked for low-income children.  The goal of the LCAP is to do just that.

Should the board limit interdistrict transfers so districts can better maintain enrollment? Why or why not?
Answer from Alicia Munoz:

I believe interdistrict transfers should be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Sometimes families have individual needs that are pressing, and should be taken into account and reviewed carefully.

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