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Kevin Beiser

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Kevin Beiser
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Board member, San Diego Unified School District, District B
Incumbent
Term ends
2018
Years in position 5
Leadership
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWillamette University
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix
Personal
ProfessionMath teacher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Beiser campaign logo
Kevin Beiser currently represents District B on the San Diego Unified Board of Education in California. Beiser placed ahead of challenger Amy C. Redding in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. He was first elected to the board in 2010. Both candidates advanced to the general election on November 4, 2014, as they were the top two vote recipients in the primary. Kevin Beiser won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Beiser is a math teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District and has been recognized as the San Diego Math Teacher of the Year in 2009. Beiser earned his bachelor's degree from Willamette University and his master's degree from the University of Phoenix. In 2011, he was awarded with the Harvey Milk Leadership Award and the San Diego Democratic Club Service Distinction Award.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: San Diego Unified School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Kevin Beiser ran against challenger Amy C. Redding in the primary election on June 3, 2014. Beiser and Redding faced off again in the general election on November 4, 2014. Beiser defeated Redding a second time to win re-election to the District B seat.

Results

General
San Diego Unified School District, District B General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Beiser Incumbent 62.6% 104,963
     Nonpartisan Amy C. Redding 37.4% 62,737
Total Votes 167,700
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Gubernatorial General Election: Tuesday, November 4, 2014," accessed January 2, 2015
Primary
San Diego Unified School District, District B Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Beiser Incumbent 68.3% 20,551
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy C. Redding 31.7% 9,537
Total Votes 30,088
Source: County of San Diego, "Gubernatorial Primary Election, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Official Results," June 24, 2014

Funding

Beiser began the race with an existing account balance of $52,726.95 from his previous campaign. He reported $6,599.00 in contributions and $18,717.07 in expenditures to the San Diego Registrar of Voters, leaving his campaign with $40,598.88 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Beiser received over 100 endorsements from San Diego community members and organizations.[4] Beiser has also been endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.[5]

Campaign themes

2014

Beiser provided the following statement on his campaign website:

Fighting for kids is my passion. As a current classroom math teacher and President of the San Diego Unified School Board, I am honored to work with parents and teachers to improve education for our kids.

We have accomplished many wonderful things for our students in San Diego.

  • Balanced Budget with No teacher layoffs
  • Reduced Class Sizes
  • Re-opened all our school libraries
  • Improved academic performance and we are closing the achievement gap (Eli Broad Prize)
  • Funded music education and arts programs
  • Brought 21st century technology to our kids
  • The lowest drop out rate in California among large urban districts
  • Ranked #1 in California in English and science
  • Installing Air Conditioning in 2,000 of the hottest classrooms
  • Funded career technical education programs

I am running for re-election to continue to fight for our kids and would be honored to have your vote.[6]

—Kevin Beiser's campaign website, (2014)[7]

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Superintendent clashes with teachers' union

In April 2014, Superintendent Cindy Marten issued an initial contract proposal to the San Diego Education Association (SDEA), which is the local branch of the California Teacher's Association (CTA). Marten's proposal included changes in compensation policy, the inclusion of student and parent feedback in teacher evaluations and relaxed rules regarding class size. According to the SDEA, this proposal represented "broad take-backs across the board." An opinion piece by the San Diego Union Telegraph's editorial board praised Marten's proposal and denounced the SDEA's criticism of it as indicative that they are "more focused on adult employment than student achievement." Since 2009, candidates endorsed by the SDEA have constituted the majority of the school board.[8]

About the district

See also: San Diego Unified School District, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California. San Diego is home to 1,338,348 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] San Diego Unified is the second-largest school district in California, serving 131,044 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]

Demographics

San Diego outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.4 percent of San Diego residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for San Diego was $63,990 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego was 15.4 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race San Diego (%) California (%)
White 58.9 57.6
Black or African American 6.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 15.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.4
Two or more race 5.1 0.9
Hispanic or Latino 28.8 37.6

2013 Party Affiliation, San Diego County[11]
Party Registered Voters
Unaffiliated 841,559
Democratic 542,985
Republican 518,992
Other 316,634
Libertarian 12,113
Green 7,682
American Independent 5,642
Peace and Freedom 4,134
Americans Elect 126
Total 2,249,867

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[12] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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