Veekas Shrivastava, candidate for the Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board, has released a video detailing his vision for the District.
In the video, Shrivastava (who is the son of Indian immigrants), recounts his childhood in Tempe and the community’s contributions to his upbringing. He adds, “This community invested so much in me because we believe that every child deserves a world-class education regardless of their background, or income, or academic level.”
Shrivastava then lists his other priorities, if elected to the Board, such as “paying teachers what they’re worth and giving them the resources the need.”
He then addressed the culture of testing in public schools by adding, “our children have the capacity to be more than test takers; they can all be creators, innovators, and leaders in the world.”
Other priorities listed on Shrivastava’s website include: empowering teachers with the autonomy and resources to do what’s best for their students, championing programs that bring back the joy of learning to the educational process, supporting policies that address the needs of the whole child, ensuring the District maximizes scarce resources, and promoting a culture of openness and innovation.
Veekas Shrivastava recently co-chaired Yes Support Our Schools, an organization that successfully increased funding for our public high schools in 2015. His community involvement also includes Tempe Leadership, school budget advisory committees, Kiwanis Club of Tempe, and Junior Achievement of Arizona. He has previously worked for business education organizations such as Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Junior Achievement Worldwide.
To learn more about Veekas Shrivastava, please visit his website at www.VeekasMeansProgress.com. He can also be reached on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
To learn more about the Tempe Elementary School District or to determine whether you live within the voting boundaries, visit www.VeekasMeansProgress.com/about_tempe_elementary.
For election information such as early voting locations and instructions to request a mail-in ballot, visit www.VeekasMeansProgress.com/how_to_vote.