CA State Supt. of Public Instruction 2010 - Diane LENNING, Ed.M. for CA Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Diane Lenning believes in the U.S. Constitution, so much so that she...
wrote a book in 2004 encouraging every American to get a copy and memorize the Constitution... (Call of the American Dream).   Diane also entered law school in order to stand for the Constitutional rights of Americans. She also passes out Constitutions from time to time on the campaign trail!   Every American needs to know their Constitutional rights and stand up for them in order to preserve our Democratic Republic!  Diane attended the U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding teachers' rights in 2007 and observed the preservation of our freedoms in action.
As a high school history teacher, Diane taught the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in public schools using texts, primary source documents, and media to provide knowledge to the next generation of their Constitutional rights and the need for them to uphold the Constitution in their generation.
Did you know that the Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to insist their state advocate for them to preserve the Republican form of government?  Yes!  Our government is a Republic!  A Republic has protections that preserve our freedoms that a "free-wheeling democracy" may lose.  A Republic preserves liberties and democratic principles in a stronger way.
In the last thirty years our educational institutions have lost their way in assuring the knowledge of our Constitution is passed on to the next generation.  Our schools are failing in passing the "heritage" of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and property by diminishing programs of government, civics, and the Constitution.
It is the responsibility of our schools to pass on the "torch of liberty" through the teachings of our Constitution and Republican form of government.
Diane will stand for protecting and preserving the U.S. Constitution, and the passing on of our principles of a Democratic Republic by inclusion in the education curriculum for the next generation.  She will encourage the legislature to procure funding for essential programs in education.
(Diane is a descendant of George Washington's family, and has had an ancestor or relative in every American war since the American Revolutionary War! ...   Many in her family have died fighting for the freedom of slaves, women, children, and all who have lived in America to have the rights of the U.S. Constitution. ... It was a "long and hard fought" process whereby the new colonies of the “new world” fought to break from the tyrannical thinking of the past in the "old world."  ...  Now it seems, a bit of the "old world" may have followed us to dominate once again.  We must stand together to preserve our Republic!).
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Diane Lenning, Ed.M.  and team
Article #2:
Diane Lenning wrote...Aug 2009 In an upside down economy, with upside down mortgages and upside down education system that is failing our young people and their future, the legislature wants to "turn our society upside down" by releasing thousands of prisoners before they have completed their sentences!
The early release of thousands of prisioners is a direct threat to the safety of our children in our communities and in our schools. Releasing prisoners before their time is served because of lack of income that the legislature has sent to other states because of "their over taxation and over business regulation," is a grave concern for Californians.
Predators will now be back in your neighborhoods in larger numbers, causing more crime and havoc to our families. In the end, this will lilkely cost more money due to the newly incurred costs of crime as well as the court costs that will likely be "re-incurred" as these individuals are brought back into the court system after they have perpetrated "harm on our society" another time.
It takes a level of critical thinking to conceptualize the severe consequences the early release of inmates will cause. Critical thinking skills is one of the strategies that needs strengthening in our schools. With a legislature that models this kind of thinking skills, how will our young people learn to reach higher to the level of mature responsible decision-making required for a strong and harmonious society? Modeling responsible behaviors and decision-making is an instructional tool of adults in our society, especially the leaders of our state in the legislature. The level of transparency and decisions made in the legislature are more important than is sometimes realized.  (Diane is a leader in writing critical thinking skills goals included in campuswide goals in a national award winning district for most improved student scores in the nation.  We need an educator from an award winning district to be our next state leader in education as Superintendent of schools.  Her knowledge and achievement will provide the transfer of knowledge and experience needed to "fix" our schools, provide support for our teachers, hold stakeholders accountable, and provide a quality education for all of California's children and young people).
What are we teaching our young people of the future by the early release? I suggest to you perhaps what is being taught here is that there are "no consequences that fit the crime" in our society. It shows that severe wrong actions will only get a "slap on the wrist," and you will be the first to be released in any budget crisis. It demonstrates that those in our society who need intervention the most, will again be left on their own to gain skills they need to get a good job. It demonstrates a lack of importance to society that appropriate behavior is a part of a harmonious society valued by our communities.
Consequences for one's actions is a strong component of a quality discipline program in successful schools, and it follows through it is also a strong component of a harmonious successful society. From years of teaching experience, educators know that predators sometimes hang around schools in order to perpetuate their behavior and recruit gang members. We know that keeping the criminals away from our kids is an important part of safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and a successful quality education.
I urge the legislature to vote "no" on the prisoner early release program for our kids!...and look for other areas to cut the budget and additionally to reform the business climate in our state to provide the necessary revenue for education and a successful California...for our kids and grandkids' future!
Subject:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Questionnaire:
The questions below were asked of an election forum. 
  1. Please tell us your name and the district you are running for:     
      Diane LENNING, Ed.M. Candidate for CA Superintendent of Public Instruction       (Every voter will see my name on the ballot!) 
2.   What are the three (3) most pressing issues facing California schools? Please prioritize them. What if anything do you plan to do about them if you are elected? What specific promises will you make to the voters in order to be elected? 
A. Student “drop-out rate” of 50% statewide is a crisis in California.  This leaves many young people without the skills or abilities to get a job; thereby costing Californian’s $1.1 billion a year in crime related expenses. 
a.       Schools to work cooperatively with local police to have two police on each high school, and at risk middle schools.  Citywide sweeps by local police will get kids in school to get an education.
b.     School SAFETY will assure students will stay in school once they get to school;  and will give opportunity for an optimum learning environment for students to engage in a rigorous curriculum.  Students do not attend when schools are perceived unsafe.
c.      Teacher EMPOWERMENT with strategies and methods such as PETERS Procedures to empower teacher to bring success to “undisciplined students.”  (  shows a video)
d.      More VOCATIONAL Ed to assure the students will gain skills to get a job right after high school, and teaching individual "responsibility" of students to attend school and complete their assignments.  Most drop outs are not interested in attending college. 
B.  Failure to provide a High Quality Education Environment Consistently throughout the State: Improve by…Upgraded curriculum and concerted district-wide education effort, coordinated to provide a consistent and coordinated learning environment for student success to graduate, increasing the graduation rate! 
a.       Pacing, quarterly bench-mark tests, mandatory tutoring for failing students, CAHSEE tutoring, increasing the graduation rate.
b.      High Quality ADMINISTRATORS  to provide leadership, oversight, and administration of district-wide policies of “Good teaching practices.”
c.       Improved teacher training programs utilizing collaboration among on sight education facilities, utilizing “INTERNSHIPS” for new teachers.
d.      Reduction of overly large districts;  divided into “mid-size” districts;  assuring improved oversight and accountability of administration, staff, and students.
e.      District-wide/school-wide “Discipline Plan” to be supported and upheld by all staff. 
C.  Failure of students to meet the academic requirements per the State Education Standards.
a.       Statewide effort to “systemically fix” our schools; raising the level of all lower performing schools.
b.      Bring safety to every school, and a quality education to every school.
c.       Bring a quality school to every neighborhood through local control;  encouraging neighborhoods, parents, and businesses to participate together in local school functions. 
3.  California voters passed Proposition 227 back in 1998 to end the practice of educating students in their “home” language rather than English.   Bilingual education has been a divisive issue for a number of years. When it comes to bilingual education, what do you favor and why?  English Immersion is the better model in order for students to learn in the same language in which they are tested.  Additionally, it empowers all young people to compete for jobs on an equal footing.  It brings a cohesiveness of cultural and academic understanding when everyone can speak the same language.  Rather than “bi-lingual” Ed, a successful method is to provide English classes for foreign speakers to learn to speak, read, and write English;  integrating into English speaking mainstream classes at a faster rate. 
4.  Do you support or oppose The Students Civil Rights Act (SB777) signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger? Why or Why not?   Although I strongly support training for educators and staff to decrease the high incidents of “bullying” in California schools, this seems to be a bill that may polarize people.  My preference would be to see bills that bring us all together to work on reducing the “bullying” problem in California of students of all categories.  California is #1 with the worse rate of “bullying” in the nation.  This is a severe problem in our schools that needs a solution.  I believe professional development that provides strategies and methods for all staff members to work together to reduce “bullying” and provide more effective oversight over all students is a better plan. 
5.  There is a drop out problem in our schools.  What can we do about it?  See # 1.  I addressed this issue. When 50% of our young people do not graduate, it affects the students’ future, the economy, and the society.  Assuring our students graduate is an important component of a quality society.  Students who graduate do better in life, providing a better future for themselves and their families. 
6.  Do you favor or oppose the expansion of charter schools in California? Why or why not?   Do you favor or oppose the use of voucher system within the public school system? Why or Why not? I am for “free choice” in education, using whatever methods we can use to provide the best education possible for our young people.  However, I don’t see any single item as a “panacea” for solving all the problems of public education.  It is going to take years of hard work to “fix” our schools.  Even if Charter schools increase in numbers, they are starting to have many similar problems as the public schools, and many of those students who attend charter schools are more motivated to succeed, leaving behind the less motivated in the continuing problem of “lower performing schools.”  Charter schools have provided a healthy incentive for public schools to do better.  Additionally, “vouchers” have already been turned down by the people in California, therefore that discussion seems moot at this point.I see the role of the “chief administrator” of schools as one to raise the level of performance and achievement of all schools, focusing on improving the lower performing schools first, and assisting in the alternative choices as well. Every young person deserves a quality education; and every neighborhood deserves a quality school. 
7.  Do you believe there is a place for celebrations of religious holidays and singing religious music in holiday programs?  What would you support and allow and what should be excluded from the schools. Should the schools be inclusive of every religion or try to neuter and or exclude as much religion as possible?  Schools need not be devoid of religions of our culture.  Holiday songs and celebrations can be held in an atmosphere of fairness and understanding within an education mode of American culture.  Efforts need to be made to provide a reasonable variety of the various cultures around holiday times using an academic focus; but need not be overdone, or overly focused on some at the expense of others.. Historically, our music programs have included a variety of songs displaying the variety of religions represented in America.  In all cases, the Christian religion needs to be included since it is the religion upon which the foundation of our country was founded.  It has what is called in basketball, “position.”  It was there first, and has a bit of priority in the scheme of things.  This is where local communities may reflect inclusion of some other religions that may not be included in other local areas that reflect a large regional population of other religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism.  In all cases, these celebrations need to be minor in time and representation, not allowing for proselytizing, facilitating some representation of the five major categories of religion, allowing the major focus of schools to remain on an academic focus. 
8.  When teaching science, should alternatives to evolution (such as Intelligent Design) be taught in public schools?  Should individual instructors be given leeway to teach both points of view? Or should only the accepted theories of evolution be taught without mentioning the scientific objections to the theory? From the perspective of developing “critical thinking skills,” it is important to allow students to research and discover the various theories in any major subject.  This subject has been polarized to the point of becoming a “vortex of battling” among the various ideological groups in America.   This has deprived our young people of the opportunity to learn about all sides of issues within the context of our society.  The secondary problem seems to be that some educators have succumbed to teaching “evolution” as fact; when in fact is is a “theory.”  If these items were both taught as “theories,” perhaps that would go a long way to resolving this battle.  Rather than “teaching” on this subject, it could used as a project for students to develop critical thinking skills, utilizing and developing methods of writing, allowing students to arrive at conclusions based on facts and details. 
9.  With the state budget deficit, how would you handle the decrease in state funding?  First, we need to participate in contributing ways to help increase funding for education.  Secondly, it is important to collaborate with other districts throughout the state to learn and discover the successful management techniques of other districts.  For example, “self-funding” of healthcare plans including creative strategies such as monitoring types of drugs per expense categories, and incorporating employee deductions in the medical premiums and doctor care visits can save thousands of dollars for school districts.  Consortiums of smaller districts may help with spreading the costs among a larger employee pool. Also, bringing schools back to local control, facilitating attendance of students to quality schools in their neighborhoods will save on busing expenses.  With our severe budget crisis in education, one way to save money is by reducing in half the number of free meals each day, providing one free meal a day for the truly needy rather than two meals a day.  With obesity a severe problem today, parents and students can pack a lunch or bring a piece of fruit, and start out their day with a breakfast at home. 
10.  Do you favor or oppose new taxes, fees, or bonds for schools? Rather than increased taxes, I favor bringing back a vibrant business climate in California that would include reducing regulations and taxes for businesses and individuals.   In the long run, this stronger business climate would provide more taxpayers to bring in much more money than simply raising taxes; which has sent taxpaying businesses and people “packing” to other states. 
11.  Will you support or oppose homeschooling? When parents believe homeschooling is a better alternative for their children, I support parents in their choice of education.  In some cases where schools are unsafe, and do not provide a quality learning environment, an alternative method of education can be a better alternative.  However, my goal would be to provide a “quality school in every neighborhood!” Thanks so much for taking the time to read my responses!  
Diane Lenning, Ed.M.
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Qualifications and Requirements - Write-In Candidates 2010 Elections Page 9 Rev. 08/10/09 United States Senatorand Statewide OfficesVotes Required for Nomination
Diane LENNING "Only" R or D to qualify as WRITE IN
Nov 2, 2010!  LENNING ran in 2006 and received over 14% of the vote.  No other R or D name will be counted.
Total Votes Votes 2006:  (Requirement different than for non-partisan office).
*Partisan:United States Senator 8,541,476 85,415
Partisan:Governor 8,679,416 86,795
Lieutenant Governor 8,529,165 85,292
Secretary of State 8,385,573 83,856
Controller 8,361,049 83,611
Treasurer 8,320,202 83,203Attorney General 8,450,009 84,501
Insurance Commissioner 8,325,397 83,254
Board of Equalization
First District 2,322,174 23,222
Second District 2,072,379 20,724
Third District 2,013,480 20,135
Fourth District 1,583,849 15,839
Total Votes Votes June 2006 For Nomination to Nov 2 2010 election:
*Nonpartisan:Superintendent of Public Instruction** 4,040,962     40,410*     Nomination requirement based on 1% of votes cast at the November 2006 general election.** §§ 8140 & 8605 The 1% total for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is based on the votes cast during the June 2006 Primary—the last time a candidate was elected to that particular office. Since the candidate was elected to the nonpartisan office at the primary election, the office did not appear on the ballot at the ensuing general election.
(This means that any R or D candidates who ran in 2010 will not qualify as a write-in for Nov 2, 2010, and their name will not be counted if written in.  Be sure to WRITE IN Diane LENNING, because she will qualify to WIN in Nov 2, 2010!)
Tom and Larry:...someone recently characterized as "the two deceitful guys who dance for the union leaders."  The Opponents...
Larry Aceves is NOT a Republican and he is NOT endorsed by the Republican Party.  Diane LENNING is the ONLY Republican candidate endorsed by Republicans.  Larry's union leader friends and special interests groups have spent over a million dollars to buy up Republican slates to pass himself off as a Republican because they know he is a mediocre leader of a small failing school district, and can only win as a "phoney" Republican.  That's how he did it in June!  He even stated his district "had too many old white teachers!"  DON'T BE FOOLED!  These slates are owned by PRIVATE business owners who don't care who they take their money from!  As long as they get their money, they don't care about principals.  Money trumps truth or ethical business practices!
Tom Torlakson is a "termed out" legislative member looking to continue feeding from the trough.  He has "yesteryear" experience of teaching many years ago.  He wrote his ballot designation as a teacher and legislator.  How can he be a "full-time" teacher for the previous year as required if he has been in the legislature for over 18 years?  HIs ideas are outmoded and out of touch with the modern strategies and methods of education.  He will be the face of the union leaders in our schools, smothering the voice of parents and families! 
Diane Lenning has been an educator for over thirty years!  She has been a contributing teacher in her district that won the Eli Broad Award for most improved student scores in the nation.  Diane knows how to close the achievement gap, reduce the "drop-out" rate, provide safe schools, teach the Constitution with an American flag in every classroom, and bring back vocational education to help our kids get a job right out of high school!
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