The pandemic made it clear that we can do better for our children

by Jeb Bush is pleased to present this guest column by former Gov. Jeb Bush. This op-ed was originally published by the National Review and is reprinted by permission of the author.

The pandemic made plain that if you let adults be the priority in how you run your schools, students will always come second, at best.

Despite every effort to reopen schools and evidence that it was safe to do so, many school unions and school bureaucracies fought parents tooth and nail.

Students have suffered in every possible way: Their intellectual growth, future learning, physical and mental-health well-being and future lifetime earnings have all been slowed or stunted.

But it was clarifying, and now, parents are voting with their feet. Public-school enrollments are down by 2 percent — representing more than 500,000 students. That’s well off the usual increase of a half-percent per year. And official enrollment figures may mask the full extent of the crisis, as several school systems continued to “count” students as attending even if they had withdrawn completely from virtual-learning programs.  . . .  read more
(in conjunction with CCR Chapters throughout the State)

"Why California Education Leaders Get a Failing Grade from Parents and Students" 
featuring Jim Blew, former Assistant Secretary of Education

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / 6:30 pm
Online (Via Zoom)

The California Congress of Republicans and its chapters invite you to join Jim Blew, former Assistant Secretary of Education under Betsy DeVos, as he discusses Biden’s education policy, school closings, critical race theory, and other educational issues.

RSVP: Please click here to learn more and to register for this event.
From removing a corrupt city administration and leading a city recovery from near bankruptcy to designing a vision for the future, Hercules Councilmember Dan Romero has plugged away year after year at improving his city - with considerable success.

Over a decade ago, it came to light that the Hercules city manager had granted a contract to family members, and that the city had made sweetheart deals on developments. City council members were not providing adequate oversight, and as a result city finances were in jeopardy. Dan Romero was a leader in the recall campaign, which removed three council members and elected three new council members, including Romero himself. They hired a new city manager and city attorney. They had to lay off city employees, reduce salaries, and take other measures to avoid bankruptcy, but they survived the storm.

When Dan Romero was running for reelection in 2016, the East Bay Times said, "No one works harder for Hercules than Romero, the only incumbent seeking re-election. He was the hero who called out the corruption of the past when most others weren’t paying attention. More than any other candidate this year, he understands the challenges ahead."  . . .  read more

June Events

Sat 5 - Volunteer for an SVGOP Voter Registration Drive
Tue 8 - Novato Republican Women Federated Presents: The Fourth Estate – Who is our Watchdog Today? Featuring Ken LaCorte
Tue 8 - Contra Costa Republican Party Presents: Chairman’s Circle Summer Dinner Series Featuring Vivek Ramaswamy
Tue 8 - The Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley: The War on Truth and its Threat to Intellectual Freedom Featuring Gad Saad, Ph.D.
Wed 9 - Marin Republican Women Federated Presents: Hear Us Roar – Becoming Bigger, Better, Stronger! Featuring Annette De Modena
Wed 9 - Mt Diablo Republican Club Presents: An Evening of Political Action “The Last Stand” Featuring Maggie VandenBerghe
Thu 10 - East Bay Republican Women Presents: Meet & Greet Casual Pizza Party with Guest Speaker Jonathan Madison
Sat 12 - Sonoma County GOP Multicounty Event with Rep. Mike Garcia
Wed 16 - SPARC & California Congress of Republicans: Why California Education Leaders Get a Failing Grade with Jim Blew
Thu 17 - West Valley RWF Luncheon Meeting Featuring Ruth Weiss from Election Integrity Project-California
Tue 22 - Silicon Private Wealth & Verb™ Present: Support Event for the US Olympic and Paralympic Shooters
Wed 23 - SVARW Breakfast: “Winning the Water Wars” with Steven Greenhut
Thu 24 - RWSF Dinner Featuring Assemblyman Kevin Kiley: The Case Against Newsom
Tue 29 - PRI Webinar: How COVID-19 and Big Government Crushed American Small Business with Carol Roth


Save the Date

Sat Sep 11 - SVARW Presents: Annual Stars and Stripes Gala 2021

Fri-Sun Sep 24-26 - California Republican Party Fall Convention

Sat Oct 2 - Pacific Research Institute Presents: Annual Gala with Mark Levin