CCSA Advocates is proud to announce the election of one of its endorsees, Abigail Medina, to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education. In November 2013, Medina, a parent advocate, narrowly defeated Judi Penman, an incumbent who had been on the school board for 10 years.
CCSA Advocates views Medina as a rising political star in San Bernardino. She and her husband have five children attending district schools. After witnessing problems with those schools, she ended up becoming an activist parent, particularly on behalf of gifted students. Recognizing that no one on the school board had kids in district schools, she decided to run for one of three open seats on the board.
Medina wants to improve the percentage of students graduating with all the courses they need to be accepted to Cal State or University of California universities: Only 17 percent of graduates do so now, she said.
Prior to the election, CCSA Advocates’ sister organization, the California Charter Schools Association, had sponsored a special event for parents, teachers and school leaders from the area in which school board candidates shared their visions for the future of public education in the district. The event, scheduled to last 75 minutes, ran over 2 hours and marked an important first step in engaging all charter stakeholders in growing the power of charter schools in San Bernardino.