McNerney brings voice of SRVUSD students to Washington

San Ramon Valley High School sophomore Kate Steffy travels to D.C. to watch speech on floor of House of Representatives

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, sharing ideas he heard at a recent forum with local high school students. Titled "Your Voice in Washington," the forum brought together students at San Ramon Valley High School who presented their ideas and opinions on issues of importance to young people.

Topics discussed at the event were chosen by the students and included education and health care policy as well as the federal budget and the hot-button issue of gay marriage. Following the event, Congressman McNerney selected one of the topics – education policy – to speak about on the floor of the House of Representatives, bringing the ideas of our community's young people to the Nation's Capital.

"The "Your Voice in Washington" forum was a great opportunity for me to hear directly from our community's young people," McNerney said. "I heard so many good ideas that choosing just one to speak about on the House floor was difficult. However, a common theme I heard throughout the event was the importance of investing in our schools and that's what I chose to speak about today."

Kate Steffy, a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High and participant in the forum, traveled to Washington, D.C. with her family to watch the speech.

"I was really inspired to hear Rep. McNerney speak on the House floor today," she said. "He listened carefully to what the students said and took our opinions to Washington. I was impressed with what he said about education policy and thrilled to hear San Ramon Valley High School's name on the floor of the House of Representatives."

While on the House floor, McNerney encouraged his colleagues to recognize the importance of improving the nation's schools and discussed " teaching young people not only how to take a test, but also how to apply their skills in real life situations."

"The students also asked that when Congress makes decisions about the federal budget that funding for schools and education should be a top priority," he said. "I urge my colleagues to listen to the thoughts and ideas of the students at San Ramon Valley High School and the young people throughout our country."


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Posted by McNerneyCares???
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I wonder if any student or teacher cared to ask our "esteemed" marxist representative McNerney why he voted to crush the dreams of the DC students and their parents by voting against the DC Opportunity Scholarship program. This program was achieving remarkable results...but McNerney felt more allegiance to his union buddies than to students.

video >>> Web Link

Do you think McNerney cares about kids' education? Think again.

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Posted by Dave McMasters
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2011 at 7:26 am

The posting by "mcnerneycares" is spot on! The fools who re-elected him will regret it. Perhaps he voted against the DC Opportunity act to keep poor minorities "in their place"----uneducated and automaton democrat voters. Perhaps we should start sending him small flashlights to shine a light on realities like the deficit etc. May I suggest too---include a small jar of Vaseline for the flashlights to be used to help mcnerney find his exit from pelosi Reid and obama's rectums.

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

Time to bow down and worship McNerney (again)!

Does anybody else find it worrisome to hear that "Kate Steffy, a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High and participant in the forum, traveled to Washington, D.C. with her family to watch the speech." That any "family" would find any speech by Obama, let alone THIS paticular speech, so significant and important, that they would go to the trouble and expense of carting themselves to D.C. to hear it. Hope they got their bang for their buck!

DE couldn't you have given us readers more of the substance and actual quote of McNerney's speech for us to ponder and consider. You've spent a LOT of DE's space giving notice about this "school trip" by McNerney. Is it going to result in any significant legislation or difference?

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Posted by Miss Magpie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

The reasons on our fine Representative voting against the DC Opportunity Program were quite evident, for those who don't follow (in lock-step) the Right`Wing Propaganda rags, and would actually RESEARCH the issue (something foreign to many right-wingers. They include:
* No evidence of a statistically significant difference in test scores between students who were offered an OSP scholarship and students who were not offered a scholarship.
* Students who were offered OSP scholarships did not report being more satisfied with school or feeling safer in school than those without access to scholarships.
* This same pattern of findings holds when the analysis is conducted to determine the impact of using a scholarship rather than being offered a scholarship, taking into account the approximately 20 percent of students who were offered but chose not to use their scholarships the first year.

In other words, it was a failure. Period. End of the story!

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Posted by Darla Andrews
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

To Ms Magpie and other koolaid socialists---the points stated previously allude to the general fact that minorities in DC especially cannot escape. Almost anything would be better than what they have---let's not forget it is the "minority loving" dems who always kill voucher ideas and----let's not forget history---did all they could to block the Civil Rights Act in the 60's.

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Posted by Rick Ambrosio
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hope student Kate Steffy is getting a better education at SRVHS than the parrots who interviewed me for a school project a bit ago. They were obviously victims of global warming brainwashing 101. They didn't even know lord gore flies around in his private fuel consuming jet from one mansion to another! Nor did they k ow of the millions of dollars lord gore and friends have accumulated due to this scam!

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Posted by McNerneyCares???
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

MissMaggie, excuse me. Please do your homework.

From the following article in the Washington Post >>> Web Link

...entitled "White House Ignores Evidence of How D.C. School Vouchers Work"...

"Patrick J. Wolf, the principal investigator who helped conduct the rigorous studies of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and who has more than a decade of experience evaluating school choice programs.

Here’s what Mr. Wolf had to say about the program in Feb. 16 testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Operations. “In my opinion, by demonstrating statistically significant experimental impacts on boosting high school graduation rates and generating a wealth of evidence suggesting that students also benefited in reading achievement, the DC OSP has accomplished what few educational interventions can claim: It markedly improved important education outcomes for low-income inner-city students.”

Not yet convinced MissMaggie?

How about this research article entitled "An Opportunity to Throw Kids A Lifeline" Web Link

Oh...and if you'd like further is an article entitled "How Republicans Follow Through With School Choice, While Democrats Protect the Unions"

Web Link

Now honestly tell the readers MissMaggie, do you still stand by your ridiculous and unsupported comments that the program FAILED?

How about watching the video this time and then tell us that the program failed.

Video >>> Web Link

I'll be waiting with baited breath for you further comments (with sources this time) that the program failed...since you obviously don't believe the principle program investigator, the students, and their parents...who should know.

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Posted by guynextdoor
a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

Another puff piece for Jerry! I'd like to see a week go by without a mention of Jerry on the Express. Seems there's a liberal bias here.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Apr 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Thank goodness we have you all to make sure we are not duped by the facts...Your powerful persuasive arguments have won me over..
You JERRY HATERS need to get a life..

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

Express is a Jerry backer. Many of my posts get deleted and I play nice

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Good work, Jerry. We are proud of the hard work and effective work you do for our district.

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Posted by McNerneyCares???
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I agree that McNerney is hard at work. It takes a lot of effort to destroy so much in so little time. Destroying the private sector is no small task...but he is making huge progress. Destroying our ability to be energy self-sufficient is no small task...but he is making progress. Destroying our children's American dream is no small task but he is making them soooo much in debt that he is enslaving them ... they'll never dig out and never have the quality of life that we have. Destroying our healthcare system through the unconstitutional Obamacare is also his dream. It's not completely a reality yet ... so he shouldn't rest. Destroying the alternative media (a first amendment right) is also his goal...and he is making strides by voting for the "(un)Fairness Doctrine."

This marxist McNerney is working hard indeed. There are a few private sector jobs left however so he shouldn't rest. We have a modicum of freedom he has got to be frustrated. There are a few more Amendments in the Constitution that are still observed but he and the rest of the Congressional Democrats and Obama have them in their crosshairs...since America is the enemy to them.

The Democrats...especially the Communist leaning SEIU are certainly proud of their (wo)man, Jerry.

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Posted by Highlander
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Apr 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

It cracks me up how inconsistent liberals are with respect to our children. We have drowning warning labels on buckets, people would intervene if they saw a parent smacking their child in the parking lot at Trader Joes, people are concerned about kid's health and complain about McDonald's Happy Meals, we can't put kids in the front seat due to air bags, and the list goes on...but it's okay to allow our children to be taught by tenured socialists that can't be fired and are afraid to compete like everyone else in the real world. Where's the outrage about the power the teacher's unions wield over our children's education, or lack thereof?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Apr 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

Dear McNerneyCares???, let's get rid of government altogether and return to jungle law. That seems to be what you are proposing. Abolish education. Abolish health care. Let's abolish the country while we are at it and return to independent states. Bring back slavery while we're at.

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Posted by Inman
a resident of Danville
on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

It doesn't surprise me that right-wing commenters on this post would favor private education over public education. The hallmark of public education is that it's available to everyone, regardless of their economic situation.

That equality of opportunity is antithetical to right-wing doctrine, which is inherently elitist. In their view, the wealthy are more deserving. Economic success -- whether earned or inherited, whether by hard work or by dumb luck -- is viewed by them as evidence of almost a moral superiority that entitles one to special treatment: disproportionate political influence, special tax breaks, separate education, gated communities, etc.

Their attacks on public education and their support for vouchers is a ruse. Their supposed concern for the poor or minorities is just a convenient cover for their attempts destroy public education (and equality of opportunity), by defunding them and removing their best students (surely a recipe for failure).

Does anyone really believe that they would ever support the massive expense of a universal voucher system (funded by the government!) that would allow ALL students to attend private schools? Their private schools? Hardly.

Our efforts would be better spent continuing to improve the quality of public education here and elsewhere -- continuing to experiment with educational models that truly prepare our students for a 21st Century society and economy -- whether through charter schools, high-tech classrooms, or whatever shows success.

And, at least in Danville, the college admission rates and test scores show that we've got pretty darn good schools.

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