Lara Bruner

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent

Background

Lara Bruner graduated with a BA in Psychology & Education from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Wellness Education from Arizona State University. She currently works as an Educator and Retention Engagement Coordinator for Tempe Union High School District, an instructor at Maricopa Community Colleges, and a Director at the Arizona Teaching of Psychology Conference. She has served on the Accommodations Task Force and Special Education Advisory Panel for the Arizona Department of Education. She also serves as a Lion Clubs International Member [2]. She won the APA Excellence in Teaching Award [3].

She is currently running for re-election to Chandler Unified School District Board, having assumed office in 2019.

Key Issues

School Safety

Bruner has worked to add funding for security as well as grant-funded social workers, a safety director, and school resource officers [3].

Curriculum

Bruner supports providing all opportunities for students, especially  academic, artistic, social, and emotional growth [1, 5]. Bruner supports working to address shifts in enrollment [7]. 

Teachers

Bruner supports increasing pay for hard-to-hire positions and creating formal staff negotiation processes [1].

Parent Involvement

Bruner supports online access to curriculum review and a community forum for staff, parents, students, and other experts [1]. 

Budget

Bruner supports increasing the digital preparedness of students, having worked to triple bond dollars towards technology in 2019 [1]. She believes that more financial support can allow CUSD to hire more educators and support staff. Bruner supports the district’s usage of bond money to replace roofs and cooling systems as well as upgrading safety measures such as fencing and school security points [7]. 

Endorsements

Bob Rice and David Evans, Former CUSD Governing Board Member Honorary ; Honorary Rick Heumann, Former Chandler City Councilmember; Dr. William Crawford, Chandler Education Leader; Larry Rother; Alberto Esparza 

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Linkedin
3 Bruner for Chandler
4 The Org
5 Santan Sun News
6 Chandler News
7 AZ Central