For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Petersen
May 9, 2014 951-471-2520
Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the U.S. Congress’ 42nd District, met Wednesday evening with educators to gather information about the state of education in California and the 42nd District in particular. Sheridan said that he “was a strong supporter of public schools and appreciated the opportunity to talk with teachers- the folks on the front line- about how we can improve education.”
The teachers who attended were quickly engaged with Sheridan, exchanging ideas and confirming that good teachers are passionate about the welfare of their students. One of the teachers said, “Kids are why I get up every morning.” Teachers said that their greatest reward was to see a child who has been struggling with a concept then suddenly get it.
The educators expressed their frustration with having to teach to the test with the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) program. They felt that NCLB penalizes not only the students but also teachers and schools. They would prefer local teacher generated testing.
Sheridan is an eleven-year resident of Southwest Riverside County seeking his first elective office. California’s 42nd Congressional District runs along the I-15 corridor roughly from Corona southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Eastvale, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo.