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 WELCOME TO EDUCATION REFORM / SEATTLE!
 
   Herbert J. Camet, Jr., M.A.
   
     Email:  hjcjr1@gmail.com    /    Tel:  206 397 4751  
    Website:  http://educationreformseattle.my-free.website
   
    Campaign Donations & info:
        http://www.politicalbank.com/find-candidates/herbert-j-camet-jr

    Seattle School Board (District 4)
   Citywide General Election  * 7 Nov 2017 *

   
     Public education is not a corporate business nor a government bureaucracy, it is a mutual partnership among
     the learners (students), the teachers, and the parents in an authentic learning community to meet the educational
     needs of our children and youth. 
     Our public schools belong to all the people, not to corporate business nor partisan special interests nor to government
     bureaucracies.

     The K-12 public education system has become dysfunctional as it does not meet the real learning needs of our children
     and youth and chronically fails to enable or allow our students to achieve and attain at the best of their abilities.
    
     Public education has been warped and subverted into a "schooling system" whose aims and purposes are to "school"
     youth into the dumbed-down and fake "norms and values" of the corporate commercial consumer culture, instead of
     being a real educational and learning community built on creating, enabling, and enhancing the learning opportunities
     and achievements of all students.

     Education and educational administration are too essential to the future of our youth and their parents to be left
     to corporate politicians or government bureaucrats. 

     The Seattle School Board and Seattle's public schools need now a professional innovative educator to reorient,
     reform, and redevelop public education for our children and youth.
      And I am that candidate.
      I am a wholly non-partisan non-corporate independent candidate without affiliation or involvement with any
      political party, corporate business, special interest group, or other organization.

      I am the ONLY candidate in this District 4 election who has any professional experience serving as a K-12
      School Principal.

      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has any personal and professional experience working as a K-12 school
      principal, teacher, ESL/ELT training manager, and K-12 & ESL/ELT Curriculum Specialist in 10 countries worldwide for over
       35 years.

      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has specific plans, proposals, and programs to improve and re-develop
      public education to meet the actual learning needs of our youth and their parents.
     
      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has a comprehensive and proven plan for teacher training and
     re-training in learner-centered learner-interaction-based instructional methodologies to immediately increase
     student achievement in all grade levels and within all subject areas.
     
      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who will reform and invigorate the incompetent, ineffective, and
     inefficient Seattle School Board composed of corporate politicos, schooling system bureaucrats, and untrained unqualified
     non-educators, a Board which cannot even control nor administer its own finances and auditing much less monitor,
     audit, and investigate the mismanagement and waste which are endemic in the public school bureaucracy; 
     
      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who is a non-partisan and non-corporate activist unaffiliated with any
     political party or political group because public education itself by its nature and mission is always non-partisan and for
     all the people - all students, all parents, all teachers, all communities - and not beholden to, nor influenced by,
     any partisan groups;
    
      And I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has the professional background, personal life experiences,
     academic qualifications, ideological perspectives, and practical hands-on education administration and
     training management work, including supervision and evaluation of all aspects of K-12 schools operations especially the
     monitoring and mentoring of teachers to improve classroom teaching methods and learning enhancement approaches
     for all students.  

     I am the ONLY candidate in this election professionally qualified, personally experienced, ideologically creative
     and innovative, and committed to reform and re-development of the Seattle School Board and of the Seattle public
     school system.  
     The other candidates are the "know-nothings" without any professional education experience,
     or the 'schooling system' bureaucrats currently on the payroll of the same public school system which has too long
     failed our children & youth - they never served anywhere as a K-12 school principal, nor as an ESL training manager,
     nor as a K-12 & ESL/ELT curriculum specialist, nor as international expert in teacher training and re-training into
     authentic learner-centered and learner interaction-based instructional methodologies to enable student classroom
     achievement, nor as a cross-cultural educator in 10 countries worldwide.

     I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has earned and deserves your vote as a Seattle School Board
     skilled public education reform and re-vitalization member.

      MY PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AS A CAREER EDUCATOR

  •  Served as K-12 School Principal in USA, Cambodia, Iraq, and Vietnam.
  • Academic Qualifications: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education Administration; Bachelor of Arts in History/Government;
        Teacher Certification Graduate Education Program;  Peace Corps TESL Training; Raytheon Corp TESL Training;
        California Basic  Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  •  Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) as ESL teacher/supervisor in Yemen (2 years).
  •  Successful blend of teaching, administrative, and business experience in domestic and international settings.
  •  Designed, implemented, and managed ELT/ESL programs in 8 countries.
  •  Student-oriented professional with a reputation for innovation, quality, and results in
          learner-centered instructional models.
  •  Created, developed, organized, administered, staffed, budgeted, and supervised ESL training program
          in Thailand for 12 hospitals and 3,000 staff for the largest private healthcare system in SE Asia.
  •  Set up, registered, owned, staffed, and operated my own private job skills training business in Thailand.
  •  Proven ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and assignments simultaneously.
  •  Organized and conducted teacher training workshops and seminars in various organizational and cultural venues.
  •  Respected by employers, students, trainees, families, and colleagues for vision,
          follow-through, and commitment to educational excellence.
  •  Extensive professional experience in diverse cultures with international work & life experience in 9 countries,
         including Saudi Arabia (8 years), Thailand (6 years), Turkey (2 years), Yemen (2 years), UAE (1 year),
         Germany (1 year), Iraq and Vietnam (1 year), Cambodia and Pakistan (1 year) as well as travel in more than 30 countries
          worldwide.
  •  Demonstrated ability to learn and utilize new methods, systems, and to adapt to varying organizational environments.
  •  An in-depth knowledge of cross-cultural educational leadership and training management in 10 countries.

                          MY ACTION PLANS & PROPOSALS FOR THE SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD

      I ​plan to make the School Boar​d more activist and​ hands-on in its oversight​, ​monitoring​,​ and auditing of​ all​ ​operations and  
      projects and policies​ of the school​  d istrict, including its academic and educational services, its financial affairs and fundin​​​g,​​​
      its supervision and evaluation ​of all district ​​​staff, and its teacher training and  re-training programs.

       Included in my specific School Board action plans and proposals are:

-​    ​​I will personally visit each school in District 4 to meet with principals, assistant principals, and teachers​​ to obtain their input
    and feedback on the school's academic program and educational​​ services​​ and on their needs for improving instruction and 
    student  achievement.​

- ​  T​he appointment of a School Superintendent who is a fully qualified and experienced​​ non-conventional innovative educator,
    not a  corporate business hack nor a same old ineffectual ​'​K-12 ​schooling system​'​ bureauc​rat​​.

​- ​​​  E​xpansion of the "School Option" program to give parents and students more choice in their school enrollment preferences 
        within their neighborhood district or in other districts.

- ​  E​xpansion of the now-experimental "Cascade Parent Partnership Program (CPPP") to schools in each district to involve
    parents  more closely in their child's learning environment - parents ​can be​ an essential part of the school's learning activities​.​

- ​  I​ncreased ​regular ​direct advocacy, communications, and interactions by the School Board members with the WA State
    Legislature members and with the local Seattle municipal officials​ on a regularly scheduled basis.​

- ​   A​ Board authorized and mandated teacher re-training program in learner-centered, learner interaction-based inst​ructional​​ ​​​
     methodolog​ies​ to improve and enhance student classroom learning experiences and student achievement leve​ls across all
     subject areas and all grade levels​ with a focus on in-class student pair work and small group work.​

- ​​   A ​complete Board-mandated review and re-authorization of all Seattle schools special programs and projects as these have
     multiplied beyond efficient financial oversight and effective educational evaluation as to their actual need and student
     achievement outcomes​.​

- ​   A​ full financia​l ​re-auditing of all​ ​s​cho​ol​ ​​​di​strict ​services, operations,​ and program expendit​​ures and expenses to eliminate
    endemic waste and mismanagement of resources​.​

-    A reduction in class sizes to enable teachers to give more individual attention to each student is
     a high priority.

- ​   An intensive anti-drugs​ (including illicit & illegal drugs as well as prescription drug abuse) classroom information and
    curriculum component​ for appropriate grade levels to effectively end the drugs abuse cycle for students and their parents.

​-    An expansion of Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs and classes with a learner-centered classroom activities
      structure implemented by qualified instructors.

  -   I fully support the expansion and implementation of adequate LGBT anti-bullying and LGBT lifestyle choice educational
      programs  for all Seattle public school students.

  -   I support the appropriate involvement and participation of the legitimate teacher unions and employee unions of the Seattle

      schools in School Board oversight and direction responsibilities and plans as accord with legal obligations. 

     -  The very high and unjustifiable salaries of the top SPS District Administrators from Superintendent through Asst Supt &
        Deputy Supt and Dept Directors must be reduced and brought into better comparative alignment with salaries of teachers
        and other District professional staff, with the monetary savings from these reduced salaries devoted to student
        achievement improvement.

           - Note especially that a previous Seattle School Superintendent (selected and appointed by the​
​          School Board itself) had to be fired without notice in 2011 due directly to her approving ​
​          fake (non-existent services) school system contracts for favored corporate businesses and for

          approving unneeded "school services" contracts with other corporate businesses all of which
          had previously placed their own corporate political hack candidates on the School Board for
          the specific purpose of obtaining these lucrative Seattle school system business contracts.

          In addition, on further corruption incidents endemic in the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and

          School Board, the Gates Foundation apparently donated millions of dollars in grants to SPS
          District and School Board which millions of dollars were 'lost' by the School Board and the
          SPS District Administration with all these monies never found nor accounted for by the School
          Board nor the SPS District Administration.

            -  I support the appropriate and adequate initiation or expansion of arts education
            (music, dance, theater, visual art, media art) curricula for students at all grade levels from
             Pre-K/KG through 12th​​ as arts activities provide students opportunities for developing their
             own innate talents and abilities and for creating their own unique individual self-expression​
             through the arts.

           -     Seattle School Board must require the SPS District Administration to review
               and re-evaluate school site food services for all PreK/KG - 12th students to eliminate all junk
              foods and so-called fast foods from school menus, and require proved healthy meal items,
              including all-vegetarian menus daily, for students and school staff.

           - As the Seattle public schools now have a persistent very high dropout rate of nearly 25% of
             enrolled students and as the Seattle Schools are currently ranked as #50 out of all school
             districts in WA State​ (a ranking which itself shows the dysfunctional operation of Seattle K-12
             public education​ even compared to other WA State school districts), the School Board must
             take action through mandating the SPS District Administration​ to ​appropriately and effectively
             develop and implement specific programs, projects, and ​plans which will eliminate the
             student dropout rate and quickly improve the ranking of Seattle public schools​ in WA State
            K-12 school districts.​

          -   The Seattle public schools now have a very high dropout rate of nearly 25% of enrolled
             students indicating the ongoing failures of public education to meet the educational needs of
              our youth.  As these dropouts are disproportionately minority ethnic students, especially
              African-American students, the School Board must require the SPS District Administration
              to develop specific intervention and remedial strategies and programs to prevent minority
             ethnic students from abandoning their K-12 education.      

     -  I support initiation and implementation of appropriate animal rights and humane animal companion training programs for
        all grade levels from KG through 12th as an essential learning experience for students and their parents, and for school
        staff.

     -  The currently pending WA State OSPI ESSA implementation plan must be carefully reviewed and critiqued by the Seattle
        School Board, and the   SPS  District Administration as directed by the School Board, to ensure this proposed ESSA plan
        meets the learning needs and student achievement outcomes of SPS students.

    -  I specifically object to and challenge any School Board candidate who is not self-identified as a non-partisan non-corporate
    and non-political candidate as public education is by its nature, purpose, and mission wholly independent of any and all
    political parties,  political organizations, corporate businesses, or other special interest groups as it must serve and meet
    the educational needs of  ALL students and parents.  I am the ONLY candidate in this School Board election who has not
    self-identified with a political party or political organization, thereby making all the other candidates self-disqualified
    from a School Board post which is by law non-partisan.
 
    In particular, the other District 4 candidate has already repeatedly publicly declared herself a political party member and
    partisan, and self-admittedly received large amounts of partisan political organization monies and campaign funding and
    endorsements, making her a fake candidate, a 'front' owned and operated by that local political party
    machine and its local media hacks, and serving its special corporate business interests seeking lucrative school system
    contracts once she is 'hand-picked placed' on the school board.

    -  I also specifically object to and personally challenge any School Board candidate currently on

    the payroll of Seattle schools in any job or role, including as a teacher, as these candidates have
    a vested special interest in the existing ‘schooling system bureaucracy’, and are themselves
    system bureaucrats who have a direct personal monetary, financial, and retirement  pension
    interest in maintaining the failing public education system while enriching their own pockets
    at the expense of our youth and their parents and our community who receive inadequate, 
    inappropriate, and unprofessional services from these same schooling system employees &
    paid 'consultants' or 'advisors'.

​    Again, I am the ONLY candidate in this election who is independent and non-partisan and not
    controlled by local political parties or local party organizations, and who has declined or
    rejected endorsement​ requests from all such partisan politics groups.
    The Seattle School Board is by law a non-partisan ​post and NO candidates who have declared
    or identified themselves as members of a partisan political party or organization for purposes
    of obtaining endorsements and funds from such partisan politics groups should be​ in this
    election, and never should serve on the School Board.

​     I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has any personal and professional experience
     working as a school principal, teacher, training manager, and K-12 & ESL/ELT​​​​​ c​urriculum
     specialist ​​​​​​​​in 11 countries worldwide​ (including the USA, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia,
     Yemen, Iraq, Vietnam, Cambodia, Turkey, Pakistan, and the U.A.E.)​ for over 40 years.  

      I am the ONLY candidate in this election who has a comprehensive and proved plan for teacher
      re-training in learner interaction-based classroom methodologies in all grade levels and
      across all subject areas.

      Working together as students, teachers, parents, staff, and School Board we can and will
      redevelop and reform public education in Seattle from a corporate-controlled 'consumer
      schooling system' and ineffective government bureaucracy into a real learning community
      that enables and allows our children and youth to achieve and attain all they can be.

      I ask for your support and vote for Seattle School Board District 4.

                            Herbert J. Camet, Jr., M.A.

            Email:  hjcjr1@gmail.com        Tel:  206 397 4751
            Web:  http://educationreformseattle.my-free.website

          Campaign Donations & Info:
          https://www.politicalbank.com/find-candidates/herbert-j-camet-jr

        
          Herbert J. Camet, Jr., M.A.

          MY ACTION PLANS AND PROPOSALS FOR THE SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD
          
          I ​plan to make the School Boar​d more activist and​ hands-on in its oversight​, ​monitoring​,​ direction, and auditing of​ all​ ​
          operations and projects and policies​ of the   school​ district, including its academic and educational services, its financial
          affairs and fundin​​​g,​​​ its supervision and evaluation ​of all district ​​​staff, and its teacher training and re-training programs.

           Included in my specific School Board action plans are:

            -​    ​​I will personally visit each school in District 4 to meet with principals, assistant principals, and
             teachers​​ to obtain their direct input and feedback on the     school's academic program and educational​​ services​​ and on
             their needs for improving instruction   and student achievement.​

            - ​ A primary School Board responsibility is ​
          t​he appointment of a School Superintendent who is a fully qualified and experienced​​ non-conventional innovative educator,
          not a corporate business hack nor a same old uncaring ineffectual ​'​K-12 ​schooling system​'​ bureauc​rat​​.

​            - ​​​  E​xpansion of the "School Option" program to give parents and students more choice in their school enrollment
               preferences within their Board district or in other districts should be mandated by the School Board​.

           - ​  E​xpansion of the now-experimental "Cascade Parent Partnership Program (CPPP") to schools in each district to involve
               parents more closely in their child's learning environment - parents ​can be​ an essential part of the school's learning
               activities- is needed now​.
          
           - ​  I​ncreased ​regular ​direct advocacy, communications, and interactions by the Seattle School Board members with the
              WA State Legislature members and with the local Seattle municipal officials​
​              should be scheduled on a re
gular ongoing basis​.

           - ​   A​ Board authorized and mandated teacher re-training program in learner-centered, learner interaction-based
             inst​ructional​​ ​​​methodologies​ to improve and enhance student classroom learning experiences and student achievement 
​            outcome across all subject areas and all grade levels, with a focus on in-class student pair work and small group work, must
            be implemented​ now.

           - ​​ Board mandating and implementation of a complete review and re-authorization of all SPS​
​            'special programs and projects'​ as these have multiplied beyond efficient financial oversight and effective educational
             evaluation as to their actual need and their student outcomes is required now​.​

            - ​   A​ full financia​l ​re-auditing of all​ s​cho​ol​ ​​​di​strict ​services, operations,​ and program
               expendit​​ures and expenses to eliminate endemic waste and mismanagement of
               resources (both human and financial) is needed now.​

             -    A reduction in class sizes to enable teachers to give more individual attention to each
                  student at all grade levels is a high priority​.
​ ​
             - ​   An intensive anti-drugs​ (including illicit & illegal drugs as well as prescription drug abuse)
                 classroom information and curriculum component​ should be developed for appropriate
                 grade levels to effectively end the drugs abuse cycle for students and their parents.

​             -    An expansion or initiation of Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs and classes with an
                 organized​ learner-centered classroom activities structur must be implemented with​
                 qualified instructors.

             -   I fully support the expansion and implementation of adequate LGBT anti-bullying and
                 LGBT lifestyle choice educational programs for all Seattle public school students.

              -  As I myself have lived and worked over 40 years as an educator, K-12 school principal,
                 ESL/ELT training manager, K-12 & ESL/ELT curriculum specialist​, and university instructor
                 in​ 11 countries worldwide, including both Arab/Islamic cultures​ (in Saudi Arabia, Yemen,
                 U.A.E., Iraq, Turkey​, and Pakistan) ​and S.E. Asian cultures (in Thailand, Cambodia, and
                 Vietnam)​.

​                I am the ONLY election candidate in Seattle who has any authentic knowledge and
                learning from extensive and intensive personal and professional life experience in these
                Arab/Islamic and Asian ​human sociocultural environments​

              As the Seattle public schools increasingly enroll students from both Islamic cultures and
              from Asian cultures, I know their educational needs and their own academic achievement
              capabilities, and the expectations of their parents for their children's school success, from
              my professional involvements as a teacher and school principal for many years in these
              countries.​
​ 
              No other candidate ever in any Seattle election has ​matched my personal and professional
              experiences​ as a career educator​, and also always a learner myself, in 11 countries.​ 
              So I support the initiation, or further expansion, and implementation ​of adequate and 
             effective intercultural and cross-cultural ​training programs and student learning activities
             in the Seattle public schools for all grade levels from PreK/KG through 12th.​
                     
            In addition, the other candidate in this election has never served as a K-12 teacher nor as a
            K-12 school principal nor as a K-12 curriculum specialist nor as a university instructor nor
            worked as an educator in other cultures anywhere.  That other candidate has no actual
            K-12 professional experience nor personal qualifications nor school administrative
           knowledge whatever.
            





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