April 2018 News

Our movement is growing and increasingly visible through endorsements, donations, and volunteers.

I am particularly honored to announce an endorsement by the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 342.  These hardworking men and women train apprentices for high paying, local jobs that can't be shipped overseas.  The only requirements for apprentices are to be 18 years of age and to demonstrate math skills at an eighth-grade level.  Our schools can and should focus on improving student math scores to ensure more students qualify for this and other career opportunities.  We also secured an early endorsement from the Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council.  Fair wages and safe conditions are important for workers and their families everywhere, from our schools to refineries.
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As the President of MDUSD Education Foundation, I will be keynote speaker at the MDEA Academy Awards on Thursday, May 10th. I hope you can join us there!  It’s an uplifting event that brings people together from all around our district to celebrate our superstars – teachers, staff, administration, parent volunteers, and community.  Come to dine, toast, meet friends and make new connections.  Buy your tickets here. Proceeds benefit the new nonprofit districtwide MDUSD Education Foundation!


The focus of my time this spring has been dedicated to our MDUSD Education Foundation. Recently, I presented the results of our Arts Survey to the School Board (published here in English and Spanish), along with a list of free community arts resources for teachers and parent volunteers.  The Foundation is funding visiting artists and trial classroom arts lessons this spring before school ends. Our aim is to strategize together and raise enough funds for a full arts pilot this fall. If you are compelled by this opportunity, please visit, like, donate, and follow the Foundation at www.mdedf.orgFacebook and Twitter.  

For my husband Sandy and I, giving back to our community is a family value.  Here's a glimpse of what our daughters have been up to...  Iris and Robyn have been busy since January with Inventors University, teaching girls computer coding on raspberry pi computers every Saturday at Concord Library.  Their 2nd class just graduated last week, showing off their final projects at the Sun Terrace Elementary Open House!  



So how can you help our campaign?  Every bit helps. Endorse, donate, volunteer, and share at www.cherisekhaund.com.  And let us know if you can host a "meet the candidate" at your local coffeeshop, home, or neighborhood group.


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