Dr. Armond Aghakhanian

Teacher & Parent,
For Burbank School Board

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Burbank Teachers Association
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I am a Proud Burbank Resident, Parent, and a Teacher.

I am a proud Burbank resident, parent, & teacher. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of education & public service, serving on several local non-profit boards & commissions. Currently, I serve as the President of the Burbank Board of Education. Over the past 5 years the district has expanded its mental health partnerships & resources & forging a strong relationship with community colleges for dual enrollment classes. In addition, the district has increased its career technical education courses & has expended STEM education while reducing suspension & chronic absenteeism rates.

 Meet Dr. Armond

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Dr. Armond's Priorities

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My Priorities

Covid-19

The Board will rely on the guidance of California and local elected leaders, public health professionals, and educators to determine when and how we open schools and keep everyone safe.

We all want to open schools as soon as possible, but California/local public health and educational professionals, not Washington DC politicians, determine when and how we open schools and keep everyone safe.

Furthermore, our district has already created a re-opening committee consisting of parents, teachers, staff, health professionals, and stakeholders.

Equity
As co-founder of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I’ll work to ensure our district’s workforce grows in professionalism and diversity. 
  • The Committee’s goal is to establish and sustain a school community that shares the collective responsibility to address, eliminate, and prevent actions, decisions, and outcomes that result in and perpetuate racism.
  • Groups working to address racism including Black Lives Matter, have a role to play in these efforts.
  • I am proud of our District’s progress on lowering suspension and chronic absentee rates.
Funding
The coronavirus pandemic and economic crises will impact our budget. We must expand health safety while securing equitable and adequate educational funding for our schools.
  • Maintain small class sizes for individual learning
  • When schools reopen, we must provide a safe environment that meets social distance guidelines
  • For digital learning situations, ensure that ALL students have access to the technology required for online education, including internet access and hardware.
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Career Readiness
We need to continue programs that ensure the highest level of academic achievement and  prepare our students for the future including providing:
  • Mental health resources
  • Career technical courses
  • STEM
  • Technology advancement
  • Workforce training
  • Community College & Four-year College/University preparation and counseling
Climate

The fight for environmental justice and saving our planet for future generations begins in the District’s infrastructure. We must heed the science lessons we teach and work for an immediate transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. Our goal will be zero net carbon emissions.

Transparency

Maintain districtwide transparency in all of our decisions. It begins with organizing and supporting greater community and parent participation.

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Performance

College and Career Readiness
Burbank made significant improvements in student preparedness for college and careers. Our preparedness increased 6.8%, from 60.8% to 67.6%. Two-thirds of Burbank students are fully prepared compared to the statewide average of 44.1%. Student demographic groups registering significant gains included:
  • English Learners—29.6% increase from 26.7% to 56.3%
  • African Americans—21.9% increase from 40% to 61.9%
  • Students with Disabilities—15.9% increase from 19% to 34.9%
  • Homeless—14.3% increase from 45% to 59.3%
  • Hispanic—8.6% increase from 51.1% to 59.7%
  • White—5.2% increase from 66.4% to 71.6%
  • Asian—5.1% increase from 82.9% to 88%
Suspensions

Burbank USD Performance Statistics—2019

Our District has been moving in the right direction on lowering Suspension and Chronic Absentee rates and improving College and Career Preparation rates.

Burbank’s suspension rate has fallen from 3% to 2.7%. There is room to improve but we are below the statewide average of 3.4%. Student demographic groups leading the drop in suspensions:
  • Homeless— 2.5% decrease from 9.1% to 7.6%
  • African-Americans— 1.2% decrease from 4.7% to 3.5%
  • Students with Disabilities— 0.5% decrease from 6.1% to 5.6%
  • Socio Economic Disadvantaged—0.4% decrease from 4.6% to 4.2%
  • Hispanic—rate remained unchanged at 3.2%
  • White—0.5% decrease from 3.3% to 2.8%
Chronic Absenteeism
Burbank’s absentee rate fell 0.5% from 7.2% to 6.7%. Meanwhile the statewide average increased 1.1% from 9% to 10.1%. Like suspension rates, we need to lower chronic absenteeism, but the District is making inroads. Student demographic groups leading the decrease:
  • Homeless—10.3% decrease from 27.2% to 16.9%
  • Foster Children—4.7% decrease from 15.8% to 11.1%
  • African-Americans—1.1% decrease from 11.3% to 10.2%
  • Socio Economic Disadvantaged—0.6% decrease from 10.2% to 9.6%
  • Hispanic—rate remained unchanged at 8.4%
  • White—0.7% decrease from 6.9% to 6.2%
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Contact
(818) 853-2022
Burbank, CA

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