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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Santa Cruz County Board of EducationCandidato para Miembre, Area de Síndico 2

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Christopher Charman

5,550 votos (35.4%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Equity for Students
  • Equity for Teachers and Staff
  • Transparency for the Community



Profesión:Parent and Real Estate Broker
Broker, Vanguard Realtors (2010–current)
Senior Systems Engineer, Bizo, Inc. (2008–2009)
Systems Engineer, Electronic Arts (2004–2008)


San Francisco State University MFA, Creative Writing (2013)
San Francisco State University MA, Creative Writing (2011)
UC Berkeley BA, Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archeology (1991)

Actividades comunitarias

Vice President, Board of Directors, Santa Cruz Education Foundation (2015–current)
Community Member, Gault Elementary Site Council (2010–2012)


I am an involved parent, an ardent supporter of the arts in our schools, and a firm and committed believer in equity.

I have never run for, desired, nor held public office. I am committed to this campaign because I feel that the parents of kids in our public schools also need a voice on this important board.

I believe that a great public education is the foundation of a strong, informed, and democratic society with opportunity for all.

I was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1969. My parents moved the family to Maryland in 1972, where my dad worked in cancer research and my mom got her first real estate license. In 1978, we returned to California, settling in Aptos.

I attended 4th grade at Rio Del Mar Elementary, but after a year, we moved to the other side of the freeway, just above the fog line. I went to Valencia Elementary for 5th and 6th grades, then to Aptos Junior High. I was fortunate enough to study jazz performance under the late great Don Keller at Aptos High, where I graduated in 1987.

I attended the University of California at Berkeley, and completed a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archeology (Egyptian Archeology) in 1991. As surely as night leads to day, my degree led to a 20-year career in the tech sector, where I worked for firms like Maxis, Inference, Autonomy, Inquira, and Electronic Arts in various IT and support roles.

After various life changes, I returned to Santa Cruz in 2008 and joined the “family business” (Vanguard Realtors) in 2010, where I work in partnership with my mother, broker/owner Linda Charman.

In my copious free time, I returned to school and completed an MA (2011) and an MFA (2013) in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

I currently live in Seabright with my partner Deborah Meacham and our two boys. We have had kids in Santa Cruz City Schools starting in 2008 at Gault Elementary, where I served on Site Council. The boys are now at Branciforte Middle School and Harbor High. In addition to volunteering in my own kids’ schools, I support my alma mater by playing in the community orchestra for Spring musical productions at Aptos High.

If you’re wondering why I look familiar, you may have seen me in the window monitor at Vanguard Realtors, across the street from the Rio Theater… or you may have seen me playing the Swing Happy Hour at Bocci’s Cellar or at a Saturday night dinner at Hoffman’s Downtown… or you may have met me at the Eddy Awards in my role as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.

So when you run in to me at Shopper’s Corner, stop me and say hello. I’m interested to hear about your issues and concerns for our children, their education, and our schools.


¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Linda Lambdin - Director, Tierra Pacifica Charter School
  • Shannon Greene - Librarian, Harbor High
  • Michael Strunk - Music Department Chair, Cabrillo College

Funcionarios electos (5)

  • Ryan Coonerty - County Supervisor
  • David Terazzas - Santa Cruz City Councilmember
  • Alisun Thompson - SCCS Trustee
  • Deborah Tracy-Proulx - SCCS Trustee
  • Claudia Vestal - SCCS Trustee

Individuos (6)

  • Allison Endert - Parent
  • Anna Gonzales - Parent
  • Casey Coonerty-Protti - Parent
  • Bill Maxfield - Parent
  • Wally Trindade - Music Educator, Cabrillo College
  • Whitney Smith - Parent

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Respuesta de Christopher Charman:

I believe that community input is vital to the success of Local Control Funding. Unfortunately, I do not think that the County Office of Education, and the various school districts in the county, have done a particularly good job of including the community in the Local Control Accountability Plan process. When elected, it is my intention to visit the parent/teacher organizations, staff and administrations of each of the school in my trustee area at the earliest opportunity in order to provide them with my contact information and make clear to the educational community and parents that I am available to discuss funding matters with them at any time.

Additionally, I will immediately propose moving the scheduled time of the COE Board meetings from midday, when few members of the public are able to attend, to an evening meeting to ensure that as many members of the community who are interested may come and provide their input.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Equity for Students

First and foremost, I am concerned with equity in our schools. I believe it is vital that all of our children receive an excellent education, without regard to their family’s socioeconomic status or ability to contribute financially. As a trustee, I will work to ensure that Local Control and Accountability Plans are devised with the goal of equity in mind.


Equity for Teachers & Staff

 Great schools require great teachers and great staff. In order to recruit and retain the best educators for our children, we must work to make sure that the hard-working women and men who spend so much time with our kids can afford to live in our community. I will approach matters of funding with social justice in mind at all times.


Vocational Training (ROP) & Alternative Education

 Our children are all individuals. While a four-year college degree is something admirable to aspire to, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and may not be the best fit for everyone. I believe it is imperative that schools in our county continue to offer vocational training through the Santa Cruz Regional Occupation Program. I will fight to continue and enhance this program and its offerings. I further believe that we must continue to support and expand alternative educational opportunities for our children with learning differences, so that all are offered the opportunity for success.


The Arts

In addition to my many other hats, I am a professional jazz musician, a profession I learned while a student at Aptos High in the 1980s. Music and the arts have been essential to my own success in life, and I believe that as many students as are interested and able should be afforded access and exposure to the arts, be it music, dance, performance, or fine art. Studies have repeatedly shown that participation in the arts consistently improves student achievement. I will wholeheartedly support the arts in our schools by whatever means are necessary.


Early Childhood Education

Underfunded and frequently overlooked, the period from birth to pre-K is as essential for ensuring academic success as the time spent in primary and secondary schools. As outlined by the Center for the Study of Childcare Employment at UC Berkeley in their July, 2016 publication The Early Childhood Workforce Index, I believe that we must commit resources to ensuring both high educational standards for early childhood workers and increased quality of care, while simultaneously making sure that we do not shift the cost burdens of childcare onto the childcare workers themselves.

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