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LWV League of Women Voters of California
Los Angeles County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
 Smart Voter Peter W. Alfvin

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; Manhattan Beach Unified School District

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Software Engineer
  • B.S., Computer Science, USC
  • M.S., Computer Science, UCLA
  • Masters of Governance, CSBA
  • President, MBUSD, Board of Trustees
  • Employee, Xerox Corporation
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Increased College Focus
  • Improved Accountability
  • Additional Class Size Reduction
Key Endorsements
  • Jim Aldinger, Manhattan Beach City Council
  • Dr. Teri Greene, MBUSD Board of Trustees
  • Brad Jones, Past President, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation
Position Papers
Commitment to College
A comprehensive public school district needs to serve the students and families within its borders. In Manhattan Beach, for the vast majority, that means preparing students to get accepted to and be successful in a selective, four year college. While we clearly need to accommodate and support alternatives, it is time for MBUSD to embrace this objective as its primary focus.
Improved Accountability
While the state administered Accountability Performance Index (API) provides a reasonable measure of overall student achievement, organizational improvement requires accountability at the level of individual employees. Just as we require teachers to give meaningful grades to their students based on objective criteria, so do we need to hold teachers, administrators and board members accountable to measurable criteria.
Additional Class Size Reduction
There is no longer any debate as to the value of reduced class size or its importance to students, teachers and parents alike. Unfortunately, while we have benefited from class reduction in grades K-3 and somewhat in 9th grade, overall California has the second largest class sizes in the country. I support the Nakano bill to permit a 23 student limit K-5 and I support parents' rights to fund class size reduction in individual grades at individual schools.
Campaign Contact Information
Phone: 310-379-7650
Fax: 310-868-2505
1520 5th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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