October 11, 2002

La Prensa San Diego Editorial Board

Toby Mange and Jean Romero

for Trustees San Ysidro School Board

Now is the time for the San Ysidro School District Board to come to terms with the 21st Century! It is no longer tolerable that individuals who can’t speak or write English, and have a very limited education, to continue sitting on the Board. It is unacceptable to retain an individual who has conflict of interest’s to remain on the San Ysidro School Board. It is unacceptable for a Trustee to abrogate their responsibilities as a School Board Trustee and take positions to further their business and personal interests. It is unacceptable to re-elect a Board member who has no respect for the institutions of our country and attempts to deny freedom of speech. It is unacceptable, to re-elect to the Board of Trustees, a person who has attempted to coerce members of the teaching to staff to donate to her re-election campaign.

For these and other unresolved issues like the “revolving door” hiring and firing of Superintendents, inability to attract and keep quality teachers and administrative staff, the continued ranking of the San Ysidro School system as the poorest performing school district in the city, county, state and nationally, the Board of Editors of La Prensa San Diego cannot support the re-election of Yolanda M. Hernandez and Juan M. Trujillo.

La Prensa San Diego Endorses:

Of the candidates who have filed to be Trustee of the San Ysidro School District, we believe that Toby Mange and Jean Romero are the best qualified to turn things around. They have the experience to begin the long process of bringing quality teaching & administration to the San Ysidro School District.

Jean Romero has demonstrated the willingness and ability to work with Trustees whose interests are in improving the San Ysidro School. Unfortunately with the problems that have been generated by some of the Trustees, little has been accomplished. However, Romero is familiar with Toby Mange past record as a former Trustee. It is likely they will have a very cooperative working relationship. Both there main interests are in improving the school district.”

The question of using a bilingual education model in San Ysidro is important to the Mexican American community. Language defines who a person is. A person’s language, culture and history define him/her. Who we are is defined through our language. It is impossible to know who you are if you are forced to abandon the language, which defines the world around you, and so profoundly defines you. What is needed are the resources to better teach our children the English language, without abandoning their native language, to facilitate their participation in an English dominant world.”

Toby Mange was elected a Board Trustee in 1983 and was reelected in 1986. He served until 1990. Mange, an employee at the Naval Air Depot North Island, is a long time member of the LL726 IAM. He served as a Unit Chairman from 1981-1990. He has been the Senior Steward from 1994 to the present. And was the Chairman of the Federal wage survey Committee for San Diego County.

Toby Mange believes that teachers and classified staff at San Ysidro School Dist should be treated equally in salary negotiations. He supports wage parity. But, at the same time, if certain reasons or issues come up where the hard decisions have to be made, he is willing to make them. Both candidates recognize that San Ysidro requires a new Bond measure to pay for deferred maintenance and for new school construction.

San Ysidro School District, being located in a highly diversified community, equal opportunity is an important issue. Both candidates support all programs that insure equal opportunity for women, men, minorities as well as opportunities for the non-minority teachers and administrators that have the competency to work with the diverse school and community.

Toby Mange and Jean Romero both believe in developing a long range strategic plan for improvement of student’s performance. In this, current Trustee Ernestine Jones and the Editorial Board of La Prensa San Diego will support them.


Jean Romero & Toby Mange

For Trustees of the San Ysidro School District Board!

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