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Los Angeles County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for David M. "Dave" Speak

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; Claremont Unified School District

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Form Partnerships,Think Critically, Assess Realistically

Dave Speak emphasizes three main points in his campaign:
(1) Schools must form partnerships to fully engage the community's resources in the education of our children. The school system cannot simply take up every demand which our changing community brings to it and must form creative partnerships with other community agencies to assure that students come to school ready to learn and supported in their educational life goals.
(2) Schools must teach children the critical thinking skills essential to our information-driven society. The wealth of information available through the Internet has washed away some signposts which helped an older generation assess the reliability of source material. Now more than ever we need to ensure that our students can access and sort information efficiently, assess information critically, and apply that information appropriately to important life tasks.
(3) State-imposed assessment measures are a fact of life for public schools. But in Claremont we need to make sure that we use a variety of broad based and realistic measures of our own choosing in addition to the standardized tests mandated by California.
These three keystones to the Speak for Claremont Schools campaign are interrelated, making the search for RECIPES FOR EACH STUDENT'S SUCCESS a process of molding the community's dreams and expectations into instructional reality.

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