School Board Candidate
Ken publishes academic articles including “A Geographical Perspective on Inequality: The New York City School Funding Controversy.” Outlines argument as background of the legal battle over equality and racial discrimination in the New York City School system which resulted in increasing NY State and New York City funding for inner city schools. More recently the funding and attention to student achievement has resulted in significant improvement in graduation
- Represented Vancouver on the provincial committee selecting the route for what becomes Canada Line.
- Public relations expert for UBC.
- Played key role for UBC adopting UPass and having TransLink develop 99 Line to UBC. This reduced car traffic by 40%.
- First elected in 1984 to VSB board, Ken was re-elected as trustee in successive elections from 1986 – 2002, 2005 – 2014. Ken chaired VSB for five terms.
- Elected by BC trustees as a director and then chair of BC Public School Employers Association from 1996 – 2002, 2006 – 2014.
- Ken represented the K-12 education sector on government’s Public Sector Employers Council under both NDP and Liberal governments.
- Ken was a director on the inaugural board of what developed into Vancouver Coastal Health. He was responsible for human resources.
- Successfully lobbied the Federal government to have Settlement Workers for Immigrant Families in schools in BC.
- Life member, BC School Trustees Association.
Education and experience
Ken attended secondary school in Metro Vancouver. He is an alumni of UBC: having first degree, Math, Physics; and, second degree Masters in Planning, He is a retired member of Planning Institute of BC and Canadian Institute of Planning. He is a graduate of Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania with AM, and PhD with thesis in public finance. He taught there during final year of residency. Visiting Scholar, Stanford University.
“The core role of trustees is to oversee a system that motivates students and reflects the aspiration of parents as well as the wider society and provides the direction to see us through. As individuals, we cannot single-handedly do the task. Let’s work together to obtain the necessary cohesion to promote student achievement.”
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