Hari Titan for School Board 2020

Dear Piedmont Community,

I'm Hari Titan. My wife and I have had children in Piedmont schools since we arrived in 2008. My youngest child is currently a freshman at PHS.

I work as a mathematician and data scientist for 20 years. I have a Ph.D. In Computer Science and a Masters in Mathematics. My consulting practice has a work-life balance that facilitates my active involvement in Piedmont civics, including PUSD School Board matters.

I have been active in a variety of community issues, principally school-related, since 2013. My experience and vocation equip me to render my deliberations in a scientific and analytical method.. I have been a very vocal advocate for full-disclosure transparency in the leadership, management, and operation of our schools.

The education and health of students is my primary focus. I believe the PUSD Board needs to maximize both the safety and achievement of every Piedmont student. Even in especially complicated times like these, it is possible to meet both of those goals. We owe it to the students.

After months of feedback from parents, the distance learning provided in the Spring of 2020 is now being referred to as "crisis learning" by the superintendent. We should not elect a school board that leads from behind the superintendent. The school board has since directed the superintendent to continue distance learning for the school year 2020-21 with teachers making incremental improvements.

In these hard economic times our state budget deficit has ballooned. I have the financial fortitude to help manage our budget priorities that would have the best impact for our students.

In my work as a data scientist, I am required to absorb the totality of evidence and distill the most important facts. In my Ph.D. program I was trained to avoid cherry picking facts that support a prior bias.

If elected, I will make decisions based on science, data, reason, care, and empathy while always putting the students’ best interests first.

See below for my analysis of reopening schools, college matriculation, new construction, school bond and parcel taxes in Piedmont.

Thank you.

Hari Titan, Ph.D.

Reopening Schools with Safe and First-rate Education

A More Detailed Survey about Reopening Schools (July 2020)
Reopening Survey Results

Science-based Risk Assessment (coming soon!) ... spoiler alert: it supports parental choice

Use large teaching spaces to teach subjects that need it most, not for babysitting students (coming soon!)

All district communications regarding school reopening per CPRA request (coming soon!)

COVID-19 Infographics (May 2020)

College Matriculation Trends (2007-18)

STEM Ranking per US News and World Report (2014-16)

Transparency, Accountability, and Best Practices

School Board Candidate Nomination Form and Job Description (2020)

Campaign Postcard (2018)

Leveraging a Digital Town Hall for greater public engagement in decision-making (2013-2016)

School Bond Financing Options Explained to Parents and Taxpayers (2014)

Fiscal Responsibility and Cost Effectiveness

Public Survey Results on Responsible Financing (2018)

Vote YES on Parcel Tax Measures G and H: Teacher pay raise and progressive taxation (2019)

Campaign Postcard (2016)

Benefits and Feasibility of New Construction for Alan Harvey (2014)

Related campaign postcard (2014)

Deferred taxation scheme makes unrealistic reinvestment assumptions (2014)

Local News Coverage

Piedmont Post August 5, 2020 Candidate Bios (page 10) and Viewpoint (page 9) [Subscription to the Piedmont Post required]
Viewpoint

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