Patrick Batten is a candidate for Poway School Board running in Area C covering parts of Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch. Patrick is attempting to win the race to fill the seat of departing incumbent TJ Zane.
The US Marine Corps
Patrick shared his background growing up with a single parent facing tremendous financial challenges. He discussed his time at San Diego State University and his career as a US Marine in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
We discussed his “Brilliant at the Basics” curriculum proposal focusing on reading, writing, and arithmetic. This led to further discussion of vocational education, critical race theory, and home economics courses. We also covered options available to students at PUSD to attend Design 39, JROTC at Westview High School, Spanish and Mandarin bi-lingual immersion programs in elementary schools, and 4H specialty classes at Poway High School.
PUSD Finances and School Bonds
Patrick Batten spoke about Poway Unified School District’s financial condition, the broken air conditioning at Rancho Bernardo High School and Bernardo Heights Middle School, the failed Measure P bond, and the infamous Billion Dollar Bond. We also spoke about teachers/administrator union endorsements and how those relations impact financial budgeting for the district.
COVID and Education
We spent a good amount of time covering the way Poway Unified managed the COVID crisis including district communication challenges, masks, remote education, and how other schools successfully got students back in school sooner than PUSD.
There was so much more covered in this podcast interview including the role of parents in education, the school board listening to constituents, Poway Federation of Teachers, Poway School Employee’s Association, Contractor’s Union, school safety, school board dynamics, school infrastructure, technology in education, book banning, STEM, and mental health services for students.
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