SAN JOSE — Elected representatives of the teachers, nurses, and counselors in the largest school district in Santa Clara County have voted unanimously to endorse Susan Ellenberg for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 4. San José Teachers Association President Patrick Bernhardt released the following statement:
“Susan Ellenberg is a once-in-a-generation leader who has demonstrated the ability to build coalitions of diverse community members to confront the most important challenges Silicon Valley faces. In her four years on the San José Unified school board, she has been at the forefront of social justice issues, women’s issues, and issues related to protecting and serving our most vulnerable students and families. Her vision, her voice, her passion, and her skills are precisely matched to this moment in history. Susan is exactly the leader Santa Clara County needs today.
“Susan was an early and outspoken advocate of expanding maternity leave and is responsible for policy changes that quite literally changed the lives of tens of thousands of teachers. In SJUSD she was instrumental in creating the first paid maternity leave policy at any school district in California, which gave mothers up to six weeks of paid leave after the birth of their child. Susan later supported state legislation allowing all California school employees to use their accumulated sick leave for up to 12 weeks of paid child bonding after the birth or adoption of a child. To date tens of thousands of California school employees have taken advantage of this time without having to decide between a paycheck and a child.
“Susan has a clear vision of how the county can help support the work that schools do with our most vulnerable students. She knows that by coordinating social services for mental health, juvenile justice, victim support, and housing that our school districts, our cities, and our county can better serve our children.
“The teachers, nurses, and counselors of the San Jose Teachers Association are proud to stand with Susan Ellenberg in her campaign for supervisor.”