Candidate Statement of Qualifications
I, BEATRIZ LEYVA-CUTLER, hereby declare that I am a candidate for an elective office in the City of Berkeley, and make the following statement:
1. That my name is Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
2. The office for which I am a candidate is Berkeley School Board Director
3. That my residence is 1617 8th Street, Berkeley CA 94710
4. The place of my birth is San Francisco, CA
5. My present occupation is Educator
6. I have held the following public offices: Elected Berkeley School Board Director from 2009 to 2012. Appointed by Berkeley Councilmember to be on the Early Childhood Task Force in 1997 now the City of Berkeley Early Childhood Commission.
7. Record of community service: For over 32 years I have been working for the only Latino nonprofit in Berkeley focused on providing bilingual child development services to children.
8. I am a taxpayer in the City of Berkeley.
9. With your vote I will continue advancing school achievement by supporting teacher and staff excellence based upon best practices and professional development and consistently implementing high academic standards across our school district. 12 out of 16 of our K-12 schools surpass the State standard for excellence and while much is still to be done to bridge the achievement gap, our African-American and Latino student’s graduation rate surpasses the County/State average for students of all ethnicities. I have advocated retaining our pre-school programs for working families and Adult Education. At Berkeley High, I have focused on attendance/truancy and consistent academic standards. I have worked with community leaders to overwhelmingly pass two school parcel taxes and a construction bond measure which is the basis for BUSD's small class sizes and excellent school facilities. I meet regularly with our school community on issues such as school excellence, district budget, bilingual education, bullying and school safety. I am an involved, committed board and community member. Your vote allows me to continue the work that our teachers, staff, parents, board and community have started and are focused upon, the academic success and growth for all our students. Gracias!
10. I refer to the following residents of the City of Berkeley:
Loni Hancock, State Senator
Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember
Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley
Linda Maio, Vice Mayor
Maxwell G. Anderson Jr, Berkeley City Council District 3
Jesse Arreguín, Berkeley City Council
Darryl Moore, Berkeley City Council
Gordon Wozniak, Berkeley City Councilmember
Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Council
Leah Wilson, Vice-President BUSD School Board
Josh Daniels, Berkeley School Board Member
Karen Hemphill, Berkeley School Board Director
Nancy Riddle, Former School Board Member
Shirley Issel, former school board member
Maria Sonia Carriedo, Berkeley Resident
Michael McBride, Pastor
Albert Lopez, Berkeley Parent
Irma Parker, Parent Liaison
Santiago Casal, Co-Chair United in Action