NEWS & MEDIA

10 Oct
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Creation of TUSD’s self-insured health plan

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Creation of TUSD’s self-insured health plan A district as large as TUSD should benefit from many economies of scale. TUSD achieved this in one area by switching to self-insurance in health, which Mark advocated ...

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10 Oct
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Restoring physical activity at elementary schools

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Restoring physical activity at elementary schools Mark sponsored the new Board policy which mandated 60 weekly minutes of organized physical activity (either physical education or “structured recess”) in elementary schools. As with many new ...

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10 Oct
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Meaningful review of the school calendar

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Meaningful review of the school calendar Mark has long advocated for thorough review of the school calendar, to help families’ scheduling and to improve opportunities for professional development and extra instruction for students who ...

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10 Oct
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Opposition to a bad 2010 network procurement and support for its eventual cancellation and rebid

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Opposition to a bad 2010 network procurement and support for its eventual cancellation and rebid The 2010 wide-area network procurement contract had an amazing variety of serious problems but passed the Board on a ...

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10 Oct
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Saving over $3 million by requesting bids on a large purchase of classroom computers

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Saving over $3 million by requesting bids on a large purchase of classroom computers Staff planned to buy 20,000 new classroom desktop computers at the state contract price, but Mark pressed for a bidding ...

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10 Oct
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Creation of a Technology Oversight Committee

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Creation of a Technology Oversight Committee Immediately after joining the Board Mark advocated creation of a Technology Oversight Committee (TOC), comprising volunteer experts from the private and public sectors. After controversy and negotiation among ...

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10 Oct
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Charter school at the Richey school site

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Charter school at the Richey school site After the closure of Richey School in the Old Pascua neighborhood (which passed the Board on 3-2 vote despite Mark’s strong opposition), Mark began working to get ...

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10 Oct
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Lease of a TUSD school site to a private school

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Lease of a TUSD school site to a private school After the Board closed nine elementary schools in 2010, statements from district leadership indicated reluctance to lease school sites to charter and private competitors. ...

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10 Oct
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Expansion of A-rated Rose Elementary and University High Schools

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Expansion of A-rated Rose Elementary and University High Schools After years of discussion in TUSD, concerning whether University High School (UHS) should admit out-of-district students, Mark successfully advocated for this change. TUSD profits from ...

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10 Oct
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Cutting expenses unrelated to education

Back to > Accomplishments & Goals Cutting expenses unrelated to education Mark has relentlessly advocated for careful examination of administrative and operating expenses. He has voted against numerous consulting contracts for services that appear overpriced or that could be provided ...

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