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Lou Segal Enters Race for Santa Barbara School Board

Candidate pledges commitment to making difficult, necessary reforms to ensure all students receive first-rate education

On Aug. 15, I wrote a check for more than $5,000 and completed a slew of forms to declare my candidacy for the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Lou Segal and his trusty Golden Retriever, Tracy.
Lou Segal and his trusty Golden Retriever, Tracy.

I did not take this step lightly. As a 24-year resident of Santa Barbara and a parent of a child who went through its school system, I am deeply concerned with the state of public education in Santa Barbara, as well in California and nationally. We are facing a national crisis, as a very high percentage of our kids are leaving school without the requisite skills to compete for jobs in the 21st century. I am committed to making the hard but necessary reforms to change our schools and to ensure that every student, regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic background, receives a first-rate education.

The future of our Republic depends on a well-educated populace; otherwise, we will be leaving a country to the next generation very different from the one we inherited.

Click here for my Aug. 16 Noozhawk commentary, “Why I Am Running for Santa Barbara School Board,” which outlines my reasons for running and the steps we need to take to fix our broken schools.

— Lou Segal is a candidate for the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Trustees.

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