Diane Lenning: Can she clean up the CA School Mess?

Diane Lenning has announced her candidacy for California Superintendent of Public Instruction 2010. Please leave your comments here for Diane Lenning. She is reading this and she wants to hear from you. This is your chance to tell her what is wrong with the educational system in California.

Diane Lenning writes….
My name is Mrs. Lenning, teacher for over thirty years in Los Angeles and Orange County public schools. I also taught young men in the California Youth Authority. I worked with gang members and at-risk students much of my career, teaching English Language Learners, resource students, and mainstream students. There are no surprises for me in what it takes to help our young people succeed in school. I know exactly what to do to fix our schools. Providing a safe school environment will improve attendance and reduce the school “drop-out” rate. Improving curriculum and providing tutoring will help our students get a quality education and pass the high school exit exam, improving graduation rates for students who will earn diplomas. High school graduates do better in life, and provide better for their families. Bringing mismanaged school districts into compliance will assure better management of school funds and resources. I want accountability in education just like you do. Quality teachers, administrators, and support personel are important for a good education for our kids.

In order to make sure our kids get a quality education, I will need your help. Please help me today by joining my team and contributing to my campaign. $10, $25, $50, or $100 will go a long way to assure our kids get the education they deserve.

You may find out more about me and contribute to my campaign on line at: www.dianelenning.com

Thank you so much for your support, and remember to vote for Diane Lenning for CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction in June 2010!

Biographical Highlights

Diane taught high school English and world history for 15 years in Orange County, California. Through her teaching experiences, including working with at-risk students, she has gained much insight into the cultural underpinnings of our contemporary American culture.

Studying social sciences, volunteering in the streets of Long Beach, teaching Bible studies, serving lunches for Vietnam veterans, and counseling at-risk youth in the California Youth Authority have highlighted for Diane the need for social change in America. Working in civil service at Vandenberg Air Force Base during the Vietnam War and serving as the wife of an Air Force officer also contribute a military perspective.

Diane is former chair of the Republican Educators Caucus, focusing on improving educational opportunities for students across America. (Disclaimer: Diane speaks as an individual and not for any other entities.)

Diane graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1970 with a B.A. degree in history, social sciences, and music. She added an M.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1976 in secondary education. Further credentials at California State Universities, Long Beach and Fullerton include traffic and safety, administration, and she recently earned the CLAD credential for teaching English learners.

Mother of two adult children and grandmother of five, she and her husband Jerry spend as much time as possible with family.

Biographical Highlights
* Occupation: Educator/Author/Businessowner
* M.A.-Secondary Education/History. B.A.-History/Social Sciences/Music.
* Credentials: Resource, Administration, T & S, CLAD.
* Author: “Call of the American Dream” online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble
* Businessowner: Family Accounting, Investing, & Consulting Business since 1979
* U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom Award, 2004 political activism/lobbying, local, state, and national levels; advancing freedom and security.
* Children’s Needs Task Force, S.A.V.E., CERT, Citizens Corps, HB, Learning for Life, OC
* Prior Chair Republican Educators Caucus-National Education Association.
* Delegate Local/State/National Representative Assembly, CTA,/NEA. Pr Local Officer.

Top Priorities if Elected

* Fiscal Responsibility through budget shortfalls: restructuring Course Offerings
* Improving Test Scores and Academic Achievement through scientifically supported instructional methods and strategies.
* Maintain and support a high level of Academic, Vocational, and Self-Improvement Curriculum for the community in collaboration with staff members.

Campaign Focus

1. reducing the school “drop-out” rate.
2. providing a safer environment for our schools.
3. upgrading curriculum,
4. bringing mismanaged districts into compliance.

Empowerment of my Hispanic, Asian, & Black students has been a rewarding focus throughout my career. I have spent most of my career teaching & preparing minority students for success in life, reaching toward their American Dream. Fond memories include the many who came back to thank me.

Political Experience:
Candidate, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2006.

President of the American Asian Youth Foundation
Board Member, Social Science Advisory Board, California Polytechnic State University, 2007-present
Vice-President, Heron Pointe Maintenance Corporation, 2007-present
Board Member, Huntington Beach 3/1 Marines Foundation, 2005-present
California Delegate, National Education Association, 2000-2006
High School Teacher, California Leadership Team, 1971-2006.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:
Member, Children’s Needs Task Force of Huntington Beach, 2003-2007
Chair of Republican Educators Caucus, (2003 – 2006)


Diane Lenning, Ed.M.

E-mail: diane@lenning.com
Fax: 562-430-7503
Media: 562-596-4825 Please leave a message.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 4306, Huntington Beach, CA 92605-4306.

Please leave your comments here for Diane Lenning. She is reading this and she wants to hear from you.

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