Forward.

I wanted you to be among the first to know that after a lot of thought, conversations, and soul-searching, I’ve decided to run for re-election to the Campbell Union High School District Board.

In 2012 we launched our campaign based on the simple belief that our students deserve better. Now, after four years of aggressively fighting for change, I’m happy to report that CUHSD has transformed from a district plagued by years of inaction to a district on the rise.

Our 16% dropout rate has been cut in half, we’ve doubled the amount of counselors at each school, and we’ve gone from only 1 computer for every 93 students to 1 for every 2. Our teachers are no longer among the lowest paid in the county, the number of students graduating eligible for a 4 year college has increased by nearly 10%, our AP/IB numbers are soaring, and our achievement gap is shrinking. On top of that we’ve increased access to our career pathways like engineering and seen increased support for music and the arts.

While we’ve made excellent progress, we still have a long way to go to ensure that all our students graduate prepared to compete in the 21st century economy.

I have a unique set of experiences that will continue to move us in the right direction. As a former teacher in East San Jose, I strongly believe that all students can achieve their dreams as long as we provide them the proper support. My experience building a cutting-edge education technology startup gave me a front-row seat to “the classroom of the future” and directly informs my approach to bringing innovation and higher expectations to CUHSD. Today, through my work in a non-profit focused on improving schools in California, I’ve seen firsthand how other districts across the state are providing bright futures for their students.

This will be a highly competitive race in a very large district. Before I can continue to bring our vision and passion to CUHSD, I’ll need your help to raise the funds necessary to get our message out to over 100,000 voters. Can you donate $25, $50, $100, or more to help get our campaign off to a strong start?

I look forward to taking this journey with you. Thank you for your continued support -- together we will continue to build a strong foundation, and brighter futures, for the students of CUHSD.

-Kalen