There is a reason why many parents, teachers, administrators and almost every elected education leader in the 25th Senate District have endorsed Anthony. He doesn’t just talk about education during election time, he’s on our campuses as an involved and dedicated parent. Both Anthony and Ellen Portantino are long-standing PTA members and volunteers for their children’s schools. While in the Assembly, Anthony worked very closely with the PTA on legislative efforts to help children. Ellen Portantino is currently serving as the middle school PTA President. Together, the Portantinos are driven to improve our schools for every family and make public education in California a top priority.
Anthony was willing to stand up to leadership and even sacrifice his Committee Chairmanship in order to support public schools in his district and K-16 funding. And, he is determined to make the legislature reinvest in the Master Plan for Higher Education, 50 years after it was adopted. Today’s children should have the same opportunity to benefit from post-secondary education excellence as past generations of Californians.
Although there have been several strides made to increase partnerships between high schools and community colleges more needs to be done. Anthony understands that we must modernize our approach to education to equip our students for the global high-tech economy. Anthony encouraged the creation of an electrical lineman academy at Pasadena City College and a summer fellowship for undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions on the University of California Campuses. Anthony also authored and passed legislation to create a fellowship in the capitol for science professionals, to bring their expertise to the public policy discussion in the Capitol without cost to taxpayers.
Holding our educational institutions accountable and coordinating goals and objectives continues to be necessary in our great state. Anthony worked closely with Chancellor Jack Scott on a statewide accountability initiative while in the Assembly, and he is eager to continue be a champion for our public colleges and universities in the State Senate.