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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Yang Shao

Candidate Yang Shao

For Fremont Unified School District Governing Board Member

I am running for election to the School Board because of my strong passion and obligation to serve ALL of our students. Having two children in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) schools and having counseled many youth, I understand the importance of quality education. I see how at-risk students are turned around when they receive proper guidance and support; I see how disadvantaged students are strengthened when they have equitable learning opportunities; I see how community comes together when members share common goals and when there is effective communication. The Board, as the governing body, can do so much in addition to balancing the budget and making policies.

I received a Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Harvard University. I have been working as a Senior Scientist in the biotech industry for over 14 years. I have served on various governing boards overseeing multi-million dollar, annual budgets. As a scientist, I'm trained to identify the problem and apply the right measures, accordingly. Part of the problem we face stems from the immigrant culture. As a first-generation immigrant from Asia, I see a way to help educate the immigrant communities in Fremont so that they will not be imposing their own values and standards on their children but be open to allowing their children to grow to be who they are. Further, as an outsider to the existing system, I'm able to provide unbiased and "out-of-the-box" solutions.

My top objectives:

Student Achievement: Ensure all students are provided equitable opportunities to learn; make sure teachers are getting professional training, especially given the new Common Core Standards that are in place. Bullying, including cyber bullying and academic bullying, has become a bigger problem as social networking becomes more prevalent. We need to do all we can to help students build character and gain empathy for others.

Building healthy budget: This ongoing crisis is causing us to increase class size, cut school days, cut programs and staffing. We don't have enough money to keep our campus facilities and equipments in good order or to have sufficient technology support; schools run out of copy paper, ink cartridges and bathroom tissue. While we continue to seek support and understanding from our State Legislature, we also need to find other funding sources like Bond measures, partnerships with corporations and local businesses, grant money, etc.

Community Support: Many of our community members do not have children in FUSD. They are tired of being asked to donate all the time and to support measures such as parcel tax and bonds. We need to reach out to them to help them see the importance of investing into our children's future.

I will do my best to work with all the people who share the same vision to help FUSD become one of the best school districts in the world that:

* Provides ALL students with equal opportunities for all-round achievement.
* Keeps a healthy budget
* Reaches out to the community and gains support.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/#!/YangShaoForFusdSchoolBoard


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