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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Belmont-Redwood Shores School DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Suvarna Bhopale

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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Advocate for creative solutions to enrollment growth
  • Seek long-term solutions for our budget demands
  • Champion sustained improvement of our schools



Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District — Cargo elegido (2013–current)
Executive Board Member, Sandpiper PTA — Cargo elegido (2011–current)
Board Member, Bridgeport Homeowners Association — Cargo elegido (2009–2014)
Co-author of the book, IIT: India's Intellectual Treasures, Indus Media (2002–2004)
Executive Director, Indian CEO High Tech Council - TiE DC (2000–2002)
Attorney, Baker & Hostetler LLP (1996–2000)
Litigation Attorney, Baker & Hostetler LLP (1996–2000)


Georgetown Law School Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (1996)
University of Maryland at College Park Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), political science (1993)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder & Volunteer Teacher, Mock Trial Enrichment Program (2014–current)
Lead, National History Day (2017–current)
Producer, Theater Enrichment Program (2016–current)
Founder & Lead, Model United Nations Enrichment Program (2017–current)
Founder & Lead, Yoga/Mindfulness Enrichment Program (2017–current)


ACTIVE BAR MEMBERSHIPS:California, Maryland and the District of Columbia

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Featured Endorsements

  • DemFems of Silicon Valley
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party

Organizaciónes (3)

  • DemFems of Silicon Valley
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party

Funcionarios electos (20)

  • Hon. Georgia Jack, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Hon. Warren Lieberman
  • Hon. Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Trustee, Redwood City School District
  • Hon. Charles Stone, Belmont, City Council
  • Hon. Jeff Gee, Redwood City, City Council
  • Hon. Diane Howard, Vice-Mayor, Redwood City
  • Hon. Ian Bain, Mayor, Redwood City
  • Hon. Carrie du Bois, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Hon. Alan Sarver, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Hon. Brian Matthews, former President, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
  • Hon. Chuck Velschow, former President, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
  • Hon. John Seybert, Redwood City, City Council
  • Hon. Shelly Masur, Redwood City, City Council
  • Hon. Kalimah Salahuddin, Vice President, Jefferson Union High School District
  • Hon. Chelsea Bonini, former Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District
  • Hon. John Violet, Belmont City Treasurer
  • Hon. Julia Mates, Belmont, City Council
  • Hon. Davina Hurt, Vice-Mayor, Belmont
  • Hon. Doug Kim, Mayor, Belmont
  • Hon. Robert Tashjian, Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Individuos (88)

  • Nea Bautista Wiberg
  • Jeff Ottoveggio
  • Cheryl Lee
  • Srujan Koppula
  • Archana Koppula
  • Chakrapani Kalyanaraman
  • Subha Iyengar
  • Ivy Lorilla
  • Len Lorilla
  • Lisa Tow
  • Krithika Bhat
  • Brielle Kelly
  • Mara Zuckerman
  • Alpa Vyas
  • Nina Kirz
  • Raj Valame
  • Neel Valame
  • Lesley Andrews
  • Joseph Andrews
  • Eloiza Meier
  • Peter Meier
  • Purvi Jejurkar
  • Mahesh Joshi
  • Rachelle Charest
  • Radhika Gehant
  • Richard Gehant
  • Wanda Wat
  • Rohit Gupta
  • Mayuri Panchal
  • Eric Weitzman
  • Maiko Ogura
  • Larry Pon
  • Tracie Pon
  • Venkat Nagarajan
  • Gayathri Nechulur
  • Riva Ahsan
  • Rehan Ahsan
  • Kelli Wong
  • Alan Wong
  • Shelley Tang
  • Jonathan Tang
  • Smitha Ratnam
  • Gopal Ratnam
  • Lisa Bock
  • Dr. James O'Donnell, Pediatrician
  • Dr. James Howard, Pediatrician
  • Lapi Dixit
  • Natasha Chaturvedi
  • Tanya Eldershaw
  • Craig Eldershaw
  • Milande Werbinski
  • Tom Werbinski
  • Cristen Shinbashi
  • James Shinbashi
  • Amit Shukla
  • Shruti Mukhtyar
  • Louise Griffin
  • Rakesh Hegde
  • Pushpa Hegde
  • Robert Hughes, Realtor
  • Aparna Kadakia
  • Viral Kadakia
  • Rajat Shroff
  • Minal Dave
  • Juliette Russell
  • Brent Russell
  • Satish Kamatkar
  • Tejashree Chitale
  • “Ms. Susie” Jimenez
  • Jish Mukerji
  • Renu Mukerji
  • Ketan Kittur
  • Meenakshi Tripathy
  • Sam Leinbach
  • Hannah & Kyle Heller
  • Sandy Nelson
  • Carisa Olivo
  • Vidhya Babu, Attorney
  • Tim & Anne Hoffman
  • Mary Morrissey Parden, Past President, Belmont Chamber of Commerce
  • Tisa Conway, President, Bridgeport HOA
  • Sapna Dixit, Co-Chair, Measure K Committee
  • Michael Whatmore, past President, Redwood Shores Community Association
  • Karen Haas-Foletta, Footsteps Childcare
  • Donna Avanzino, Executive Director, San Carlos Children’s Theater
  • Ardythe Andrews
  • Michelle Green, Former President, Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association
  • Sujata & Sukhveer Singh

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am running for re-election to the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) School Board to ensure that every student in our District receives a high-quality education to be a productive citizen of our country. A properly funded, well-rounded educational system where teachers are given the tools to succeed and where students are supplied the means to thrive is the foundation of our nation’s economy and social structure. In the last few decades, California’s educational system has suffered in large part due to cuts in funding. I believe that supporting education should be one of our state’s highest priorities to ensure that our children have a solid foundation for the future. 

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

BRSSD's Challenges Require Trusted Leadership


To meet our district's challenges of enrollment growth, fiscal sustainability and continuously improving our educational programs, we need leadership that listens to all stakeholders, weighs all reasonable options, and makes decisions for the good of the entire community.

BRSSD’s Challenges Require Trusted Leadership (September 2018) by Suvarna Bhopale


We are in a time of great change with many challenges: record enrollment growth, an uncertain funding climate, and implementation of the new Common Core curriculum. To find solutions to these challenges requires a rudimentary understanding of our school funding system.


In California, K-12 education is a “fundamental right.” The State must ensure that the “district-based system of common schools provides basic equality of educational opportunity,” to all students regardless of financial status. 


Accordingly, California devised a complicated system of school funding. School districts receive funding from federal, state and local sources, and much of the funding is earmarked for specific programs. Non-earmarked funds are called general purpose funds, which pay for teachers, staff and supplies.


To equitably allocate funds, the State devised the “revenue limit formula,” creating a floor for per-pupil funding. Under this formula, the State determines a set amount of dollars to be spent per student and multiplies that figure by each district’s average daily attendance. This figure is adjusted periodically per the State’s calculated Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).


In about 10% of the school districts, the local property tax revenue exceeds the total general purpose funding that the State would have provided under this formula (“basic aid districts”). The remaining 90% or so of districts are “revenue limit.”


In revenue limit districts, state aid makes up for the difference between the local property tax revenue and the general purpose funding floor set by the State. In basic aid districts, property taxes alone surpass the funding floor; therefore, no additional state aid is received. 


Belmont-Redwood Shores is a revenue limit district, which means that the amount that our property taxes generate divided by the number of students in our district is less than the state mandated floor for per pupil spending. You may wonder how is that the case, as you see housing prices soar. Because we have experienced 82% enrollment growth in the past 14 years, our property tax growth has just not kept pace with our enrollment growth. In addition, unlike neighboring districts, our district does not receive much supplemental funding for high numbers of targeted populations of students in poverty, English language learners or foster youth.


Our district faces many challenges. To meet these challenges, our leadership must be strong, and our community must be united. Parcel taxes, School-Force and increased collaborative fundraising will ensure financial stability. Success in continuously improving our educational programs will require leadership that listens to all interested parties, weighs all reasonable options, and makes decisions for the good of the entire community.


Getting to the Core of Common Core (Fall 2013)


Common Core’s strength is the focus on training students for the real world, emphasizing project-based, team collaborative learning. The goal is to produce students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, those who are comfortable with using 21st Century technology. 

Getting to the Core of Common Core (Fall 2013)


Decades ago, America led all nations in education as the shining star and great hope to which many countries looked for guidance, but we have fallen behind to countries like Finland, whose educational system has been ranked #1 in global reports such as The Learning Curve.  The U.S. is ranked #17, behind China, Japan and Germany.


We needed an educational transformation, and in 2010 it arrived in the form of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (“Common Core”). Traditionally, setting education standards and curricula is left to the states, which has resulted in 50 different testing standards and no method to compare students nationally. Common Core seeks to create national benchmarks for reading, writing and math. California, along with 45 other states and the District of Columbia, has fully adopted the standards.  


Common Core’s strength is the focus on training students for the real world, emphasizing project-based, team collaborative learning. The goal is to produce students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, those who are comfortable with using 21stCentury technology. 


Technology, though, is what detractors insist is the problem, arguing that Common Core testing will be electronic and that states lack the bandwidth and computer infrastructure to administer the tests. Common Core’s “Smarter Balance” testing will go into effect during the 2014-2015 school year.


So far, California has budgeted $1.25 billion toward implementation of the Common Core, but this is a one-time allocation spread across all 1,000 or so of California’s school districts. No doubt, more money will be needed for computers, infrastructure, and teacher professional development. If the State does not provide it, local communities like ours will have to pitch in by supporting parcel tax measures, School-Force and other collaborative fundraising. 


We are in a transitional time with many challenges: record enrollment growth, an uncertain funding climate, and implementation of the Common Core standards. We can choose either to engage in a blame-game or roll up our sleeves and get to the work of governing. The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District needs leadership whose focus is problem solving and whose mission is providing educational excellence to all students in our district. Our children deserve nothing less.


The Importance of an Arts Education (Oct 2018)


Arts education is vital to developing the whole child.

The Importance of an Arts Education (October 2018)

By Suvarna Bhopale, Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District


Arts education is vital to developing the whole child. I was very fortunate to have received a broad based, arts education in elementary, middle and high school that included instrumental music, dance, and theater. I played violin for four years in orchestra, learned ballet, tap and jazz for a decade in school and acted in each school play in high school. 

Because of my enriching experiences, as a School Board Trustee, I wanted to ensure that students in our school district also received the same high-quality, arts education. As a result of my beliefs, I led the creation of a Musical Theater program, in partnership with San Carlos Children’s Theater, at one of our K-8 schools, which is now in its third, successful season. The beauty of this program is that it fosters collaboration among students in different grade levels, of different academic abilities, and of different social abilities. Working together, the students create a team atmosphere, whether students are academically advanced or have learning or physical disabilities. 

The Musical Theater program is a 12-week course in project based learning, with rehearsals as weekly check-ins and opportunities for collaboration, and the ultimate project being the production itself. Obviously, such an involved, creative project results in high levels of student engagement. Indeed, theater has become the highlight of many students’ school year. Moreover, because parents provide the support for all costumes, props and set production, makeup application, ticket sales, publicity, etc., parent involvement is crucial. Also, because students of various academic and social abilities collaborate as a team, theater fosters a positive, school climate and reduces instances of bullying, especially of those students who struggle with learning or physical disabilities. 

Many of our teachers use musical theater methodology to teach various subjects, including scientific concepts such as evaporation, condensation and the like, and to foster good behaviors, such as honesty, respect and responsibility. Only when there is a positive, school climate can student achievement occur.

In January 2019, the revised California Visual and Performing Arts content standards in the subjects of dance, theater, music, visual arts and media arts will be considered and adopted. As a school board, we will use the new standards to inform how we provide arts instruction in dance, theater, music, visual arts and media arts. 


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— October 9, 2018 Suvarna Bhopale

Suvarna Bhopale is a 15 year resident of BRSSD, has served as a Trustee for 5 years, is a lifelong learner and tranformational leader, who has been endorsed by a range of elected and appointed officials and organizations. 

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