A diverse field of four candidates — including a 20-year-old Princeton University student and a La Cañada Unified matriarch — has made the 2011 school board election the most exciting in recent memory.
The campaign has been fueled by hot-button items including the integration of four non-student professional development days into the 2011-12 school year, the use of teacher evaluations and the analysis of standardized testing data. A candidates’ forum on Oct. 17 drew 250 community members, more than twice the crowd at a similar event two years earlier.
With election day less than two weeks away — voters head to the polls Nov. 8 — incumbent Jeanne Broberg and challengers Ernest Koeppen, Ellen Multari and Andrew “AJ” Blumenfeld have shared with the La Cañada Valley Sun their positions on several major issues.
Valley Sun: What is your stance on the four additional non-student professional development days that were worked into the academic calendar this year?