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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

New Haven Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jonas Dino

7,444 votes (15%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Re-open Barnard-White Middle School as a magnet school that addresses the needs of the community- such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) or Social Justice
  • Develop “Maker Spaces” district-wide where our students can learn, be creative and then visualize their ideas using the latest tools such as 3D printers, CAD Software, laser cutters and small programmable computer and robotics kits
  • Continue to strengthen Career Technical Education offerings for students not only those entering directly into the workforce but also going to the military and college



Profession:Incumbent | NASA Education Specialist
Education Specialist, NASA Ames Research Center (2000–current)
School Board Trustee, New Haven Unified School District — Elected position (2000–current)


San Jose State University Masters Degree, Education: Instruction Technology (2001)
San Jose State University Teaching Credentials, Life Sciences (1995)
San Jose State University Bachelors Degree, Psychology: Group Dynamics with a minor in Child Development (1993)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Jonas Dino:

New Haven is different than any other district in the Bay Area with our specific strengths and challenges and local control of funding allows the district to address these needs. The district has implemented an campaign to let parents and community members learn about the district’s implementation of local funding control priorities with numerous meetings at the school-site and district levels.

Questions from League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark, Union City (4)

Comment on your district’s implementation of the common core standards?
Answer from Jonas Dino:

New Haven is committed to the success of implementing Common Core Standards (CCS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teaching staff is developing new CCS and NGSS curriculum with the skills gained from a district-wide program of staff development and coaching.

Do you support Proposition 51 ($9 Billion Bond for school construction and maintenance? Please explain your reasons for supporting or not supporting this Proposition.
Answer from Jonas Dino:

At first glance, I'm in support of Prop. 51. I'm generally insupport for any measure that helps public education. I will continue to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the measure and will make my final decision before election day.

What are your plans to deal with bullying in schools?
Answer from Jonas Dino:

Bullying, physical, verbal and online will not be tolerated. NHUSD has implemented staff training to spot and stop bullying and policies and programs to address the needs of victims and perpetrators.

There have been several studies that indicate that the high school students are under a tremendous amount of stress.  What can you do to help alleviate that?
Answer from Jonas Dino:

Being the largest high school in Northern California makes the James Logan High School a daunting prospect for the district’s high school students but New Haven has various ways of helping decrease that stress. The school is broken up into 3 houses that gives students a particular set of adults that they interact with, there are many activities that students can join to help strengthen ties to the school and the district has implemented a school culture that inclusive and does not tolerate bullying. If Logan is still too big, we have Conoly-Carabello High School which is a school of choice and options like independent studies.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a proud independent voter that votes my conscience for the best candidate- one that supports public education, prudent fiscal policies and support social jsutice.

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