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Vote Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill and Leah Wilson for School Board Director.

We were impressed by the majority of candidates for School Board Director at Berkeley Unified School District who expertly discussed policy and plans for the future. That being said, we believe Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill and Leah Wilson would be the best three to elect.

Josh Daniels would offer many innovative approaches as is evidenced by his work at Berkeley High School. Daniels implemented the Berkeley High Student Court to reduce suspensions by instead providing more productive consequences like community service for students. His extensive background as a school finance attorney will also be extremely useful on the board.

Karen Hemphill, the only incumbent running, is needed for her experience and knowledge of the district. We strongly support her goal to implement technical education programs at Berkeley High School and give her credit for being candid with us in outlining which plans still need work for the district.

Leah Wilson offered a comprehensive look at all levels of K-12 education. We also appreciate her sage appraisal of the board as a whole: She firmly believes that while many innovative ideas are contributed and often implemented, the district could improve in evaluating what strategies actually work.

In regard to the other three candidates, Norma Harrison would not be a productive member since she generally opposes the institutionalization of education. Priscilla Myrick does not support Measure I, which we believe would bring valuable funds to the district. Finally, Julie Holcomb touts impressive experience and a fantastic approach in her passion for technical education. If a fourth seat was up for election, we would wholeheartedly endorse her. But with such a heavy emphasis on technical education, Holcomb was not as multidimensional as the three candidates we have picked. Ultimately, Harrison, Myrick and Holcomb did not impress us as much their opponents.

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