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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Hiu Ng

Retired Technology Executive
11,510 votos (12.21%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Bring fiscal order to Fremont Unified School District, and improve facility equity
  • Close achievement gaps
  • Improve students' health, stress and emotional well-being

Experiencia

Biografía

I have been a tireless advocate for all our students in Fremont for two decades. My involvements on tutoring students, serving on School Site Council, PTA, School District Committees, and School Bond Measures give me great understanding of the curriculum, the challenges that our students face, as the various fiscal and operational problems confronting Fremont Unified. My experience being a VP of Engineering; working for companies like Apple; and handling large budgets, personnel assignments and complex schedules equips me with strong skills to handle Fremont Unified's finance operation and budget. Now retired, I have more time to dedicate to serving our school community. I am not affiliated with any special interest group, and I will not accept any donation from them. When elected, I will focus on Improving English, math and science education for All students, providing equitable facilities in All attendance areas, allocating sufficient funding for All classrooms, fixing the root problems related to student stress and emotional well-being, and keeping ugly politics out of education. Please vote for Hiu Ng, a candidate with integrity and passion! Thank you.

For more information about my platform, my qualification and to watch video, please visit https://www.HiuNg4schools.com/

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

STUDENTS FIRST!  

From growing budget deficit, to achievement gaps in which over 30% of our graduating seniors fail to meet California Department of Education standard for career and college readiness, to facility inequity, to student stress and emotional problems, why are there so many problems in Fremont Unified?  Do we not have intellectual education professionals who know what to do?  The truth is that over the years, many decisions were made based on politics, for the benefits of special interest groups, not students.  This is what I call ugly politics.

We need to eliminate the ugly politics and put STUDENTS FIRST in our decision making by prioritizing the focus of the school district on students.  Students First is not just a campaign slogan.  It is a guiding philosophy of how each and every decision at our school district and schools should be made.

Fremont Unified is a public institution funded by tax payers.  A primary function of the school board is to provide oversight of school district operations.  Ugly politics can only be eliminated by having school board members who are truly independent from special interest groups.  When school board members are endorsed and elected by special interest groups, they lose the independence needed to provide checks-and-balance in our system, as their own elected position depends on the support of these groups.  This kind of corrupting relationship needs to end.

 

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

How to Fix Fremont Schools

Summary

Fremont Unified's General Fund Budget Problems

Fremont Unified's Academic Achievement Gap and Curriculum Problems

Fremont Unified's Facility Inequity and Facility Construction Problems

Student Health, Stress and Emotional Well-being

Fremont Unified's General Fund Budget Problems

Fremont Unified's general fund budget is at around $350 million a year, bigger than Fremont's city budget, yet it is still running a deficit, which eats into FUSD's reserved funds.  We need to allocate sufficient funding for all classrooms, and institute better financial discipline before raising property tax.  To do this, we need to slow down the rising costs of labor beyond automatic "step-and-column" annual salary increase.  Furthermore, reduce the costs of non-teaching salary expenses and other operating costs, which total over $90 million a year.  Where applicable, use zero-based budgeting in the discretionary part of the budget to increase fiscal discipline.  With the cost savings, shift part of the budget allocation to dedicate more funding to student programs and classroom supplies, with an incremental target of $15 million a year.

Fremont Unified's Academic Achievement Gap and Curriculum Problems

 

Fremont Unified is known as a high performing school district.  However, over 30% of Fremont's graduating seniors still do not meet basic California standards for career and college readiness.  Education quality is being eroded.  New Common Core math pathway and Next-Generation Science Standard (NGSS) implementations have been problematic, and the new material is "mile-wide and inches deep", which is insufficient at providing enough depth and developing students' interests in the material.  Honor and accelerated programs are also being scaled back.

 

We need Excellent Core, not Common Core.  We need to prioritize resource to focus on improving English, math and science education for ALL students.  Students should be given choices of what they want to study.  For the ones who desire more depth, serve them by strengthening our accelerated paths.  For the ones who are getting D's or below, provide them the opportunities to take summer school to help them learn the material better before passing them onto the next grade.

Furthermore, expand the use of programs such as Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) to give students individualized attention and assistance to help them succeed.

 

Math and science curricula need to be revised.  While Common Core is mandated by law, it leaves leeway in the way that school districts implement the curricula.  We need to strength our curricula by putting more depth back in the material.  

 

Fremont Unified's Facility Inequity and Facility Construction Problems

 

There exists significant facility inequity across the school district over the years.  We need to provide equitable facilities in ALL Fremont Unified attendance areas.  The re-balancing process shall begin by re-prioritizing the remaining funding available in Measure E bonds, in which Series D and E bonds have yet to be issued.  Better cost controls and contract award process need to be implemented to get the most bang for the buck on tax payer's money.  A benchmark of facility spending across different attendance areas shall also be created to ensure that over a period of time, similar level of investment is made throughout all of Fremont Unified.

 

Student Health, Stress and Emotional Well-being

 

Over 20% of Fremont Unified high school students have experienced chronic sadness and hopelessness, and many suffers related problems such as alcoholism, drug use, and vaping.

 

Schools should be fun and learning should be fun.  We need to fix the root cause of problems related to student stress and emotional well-being, instead of simply applying ineffective band-aids that only deal with the symptoms of the problems.

Start by helping students develop purpose-driven learning, in which they arrive at the reasons for going to school and learning what they want to learn for their futures.  This way, they are more self-motivated to learn based on their own prerogatives, instead of just responding to peer pressure or other external drivers.  Programs such as AVID and Quest should be expanded for this purpose.  Please watch this videofor further discussion.

Reform teaching practices by reducing unnecessary practices that add to student stress.  Expand homework policy to cover AP courses, and require better conformance to the policy across all classes.  Please watch this video for more detail.

 

Implement total health education that includes not only sex education, but also mental, emotional & social health; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs prevention; nutrition & physical health; personal & community health; and injury prevention & safety knowledge.

 

Ugly Politics

Why do all these problems exist?  Do we not have intellectual education professionals who know what to do?  The truth is that over the years, many decisions were made based on politics, for the benefits of special interest groups, not students. 

 

We need to eliminate ugly politics.  How?  Start with re-prioritizing the focus of the school district on students, putting STUDENTS FIRST.  Students First is not just a campaign slogan.  It is a guiding philosophy of how each and every decision at our school district and schools should be made.

 

Fremont Unified is a public institution funded by tax payers.  A primary function of the school board is to provide oversight of school district operations.  Ugly politics can only be eliminated by having school board members who are truly independent from special interest groups.  When school board members are endorsed and elected by special interest groups, they lose the independence needed to provide checks-and-balance in our system, as their own elected position depends on the support of these groups.  This kind of corrupting relationship needs to end.

Videos (3)

— October 21, 2018 Hiu Ng for School Board 2018

Improving student engagement, helping them discover their passion so that they are self-motivated to learn and have fun learning what they want to learn.

— October 21, 2018 Hiu Ng for School Board 2018

Suggestions to improve teaching practices, including better observation on school district policy, establish clear expectations on assignments and grading, avoid forced curve grading, targeted discipline that is fair, improving effectiveness of getting students understand the material being taught, and allow students to make mistakes.

— October 21, 2018 Hiu Ng for School Board 2018

Facility equity is a major problem.  Is it right that some schools have better facilities than others?  And we are not talking about construction and renovation timing.  There are systematic biases on how resources are allocated within our district, and some schools tend to get the short end of the stick.

Providing equitable facilities in ALL attendance areas mean that over a period of time, say within a 3 to 5 year benchmark period, we look at our level of investment of our schools in different attendance areas, and see if the allocation is relatively equal.  It also means that if we are going to make one type of improvement for a school, we should look into applying the same type of improvement across all the schools, if the type of improvement is applicable across the board.

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