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Leslie Daigle Earns Support From Numerous Top Education Officials

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on March 16, 2012

This just came across the wire from the Leslie Daigle for Assemby campaign:

Leslie Daigle Earns Support FromNumerous

Top Education Officials

Mansoor Lacks Single Education Endorsement

Newport Beach – Education leaders in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, which over sees educaiton in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, have come out in overwhelming support of Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle’s candidacy for the 74th Assembly District.

Daigle’s endorsements include Newport Mesa School Board Trustees Martha Fluor, Judy Franco, Karen Yelsey, Dana Black and Walk Davenport. Former Trustee and long-time school principal Serene Stokes has endorsed Daigle as well as former trustee and current Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece.

Daigle’s support extends into Irvine where education is paramount. Carolyn McInerny and Gavin Findlay-Hunter of the Irvine Unified School District are backing Daigle as is former Irvine school board member and current Councilman Dr. Steven Choi, PhD.

“Leslie Daigle will be a champion of returning decisions to the local level,” said Fluor, who was also the 2011 president of the California School Board Association. “Leslie understands the need to allow local school boards the flexibilities to make the necessary decisions to improve student achievement. I support Leslie Daigle and believe we need her in the State Assembly.”

“I completely agree with Martha and I am honored to have her support,” Daigle said. “I will fight to ensure that education remains a top priority for California and that our budgets reflect that priority.

“When cuts have to be made in education I will advocate that cuts be made in the state bureaucracy rather than taking money from our local school districts. If we return more control to the local level we can relieve the state bureaucracy of many of its responsibilities and send money now being spent at the state level to our local school districts.”

“I’m confident that Leslie both understands and appreciates the complexities of the current way that California funds its public schools, and how the system’s inherent fiscal uncertainty and its undependable nature creates roadblocks to student achievement,” Paul H. Reed, chief business official at Newport-Mesa and former chief business officer at Irvine Unified School District. “She understands that we need both reliable funding and local control. I’m confident that as an Assemblywoman, Leslie could be relied upon to support consistent, reasonable funding for schools. I believe she will also continually stress the pivotal nature of local control because I’m convinced she sees the integral connection between key decisions being made by administrators with a first hand knowledge of the needs of their students and a more effective school finance system in terms of both student learning and cost effectiveness.”

Daigle’s opponent Assemblyman Allan Mansoor claims he is an advocate for education yet after serving for eight years on the Costa Mesa City Council, he’s unable to secure even one endorsement from the local school board.

After Mansoor drained more than $30 million in reserves from the City of Costa Mesa while serving as Mayor, some in the community doubt Mansoor’s ability to understand complex school finances.

“It’s time for a change,” said Laird Hayes, formerly a dean, professor and coach at Orange Coast College and now an official in the National Football League.  “We need to bring in Leslie Daigle, an effective representative with an understanding of educational issues.”

Daigle is a recognized leader and accomplished civil servant. Currently serving her second term on the Council, Daigle is a driving force in applying fiscally sound and business-friendly principles that produce results, while respecting and advocating for environmental policies that protect Newport Beach’s vital resources. Daigle completed the Woman & Power: Leadership for a New Generation program at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is a graduate of the Denmark International Study Program at the University of Copenhagen as well as the University of Denver.

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Paid for by Daigle for Assembly 2012, FPPC ID #1339905 P.O. Box 11922, Newport Beach, CA 92658 www.votelesliedaigle.com

One Response to “Leslie Daigle Earns Support From Numerous Top Education Officials”

  1. “Education leaders in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, which over sees educaiton in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa…”

    Generally, it’s a bad idea to misspell “educaiton” in a press release about being endorsed by education leaders. It’s also rather redundant to have education so close to another instance of education. Perhaps, “Leaders in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, which oversees education in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa…” or “Education leaders in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, which oversees schools in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa…” would have worked better.

    “Daigle’s endorsements include Newport Mesa School Board Trustees Martha Fluor, Judy Franco, Karen Yelsey, Dana Black and Walk Davenport. Former Trustee and long-time school principal Serene Stokes has endorsed Daigle as well as former trustee and current Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece.”

    I don’t think Walt Davenport would appreciate the misspelling of his name. It also sounds like Stokes endorsed Daigle and Leece when I think the campaign meant that Stokes and Leece endorsed Daigle.

    I realize mistakes happen (I know I’ve certainly done them), but you’ve got to be extra careful because this isn’t a blog post or a newsletter: it is a press release centered around education.

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