After Banning Math, threatening to fire teachers without due process, trying to ban cupcakes and back to school night… Mark Klang was run out of office in 2004.
In 2006, he tried to make a comeback. His campaign was about how Rocklin’s Schools were mediocre and he was needed to bring them out of the morass. (Which probably included banning other stuff in his mind…)
As a long time and just retired lead high school counselor in the Rocklin Unified School District, I must set the record straight about the claims made by two school board candidates. Candidates Mark Klang and Diana Higashi are presenting misleading, distorted and wrong information about Rocklin’s high school graduates eligibility and readiness for college. The facts are that a significantly higher percentage of Rocklin graduates are eligible for the University of California and California State University systems than their fellow graduates across Placer County. Specifically, while only 35 percent of the Placer County high school graduates are eligible for university admission, over 55 percent of Rocklin’s high school graduates are eligible. Furthermore, the CSU system tracks and reports how well prepared the entering freshman are in the subjects of mathematics and English. Rocklin freshmen outperform, by a large measure, their fellow freshman across the state in both areas. Claims that Rocklin’s graduates need “excessive” remedial mathematics or English are simply untrue. I was the lead counselor in the district during Mark Klang’s one term on the school board, and I know firsthand the negative impact that he had on education and the community. He was deservingly removed. A return to the past would not be in our students’ best interest. Voters should not be fooled by candidates who can’t get the facts right. Successful schools are built through the collaboration of the community’s parents, teachers, students and should not be torn down by negative politics.
Stephen Sampson Retired Head Counselor, RUSD
There is no argument that California Schools are horrible as a whole. Rocklin’s are about the best in the state and would compare well in other states despite the weight of the State of California upon them.
I recently attended the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum and found it very informative. There were, I think, 12 candidates in attendance running for City Council, Sierra College Board and Rocklin School Board. Ten of the 12 Candidates were very positive about delivering their messages. Two, though, I found very offensive as a Rocklin resident and parent. Mark Klang (who didn’t even bother to show up) had his campaign manager read a statement written by Klang informing a stunned crowd that our schools are worse off than schools in countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic. I was appalled and offended that someone like Klang and his running mate fashion design teacher (who doesn’t even have her kids in Rocklin-run schools) want to be on our school board. What’s worse is the next statement that Mark Klang and Diana Higashi’s campaign manager made. He said that our kids graduating out of our high schools are not even smart enough to “count change at Taco Bell.” These are just two examples of the over-the-top campaign that Klang and Higashi are running. They are two very negative people who will do and say anything to take over our school board. <<<SNIP>>> Thomas Anderson, Rocklin
Imagine if I ran for School Board, even as bombastic as I am, I sure would not walk down mainstreet telling parents their kids are too dumb to count change at Chipotle. But, Klang and his crew did.
Ladies and gentlemen – this is Mark Klang, Rocklin’s Dumpster Fire. Make sure you reject him, just like so many others have.