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Mary Jane In Her Own Words

Marin Voice: Taking a stand against hate and bigotry

Co-Authored by Ed Berberian, Mary Jane Burke and Damon Connolly

February 10, 2018

We must continue to educate our community about the importance of acceptance and kindness. We must model our beliefs in every aspect of our lives. We must never stand by and allow evil to triumph.


Marin Voice: Marin steps up to help out as disaster strikes

October 16, 2017

As we cope with the damage and aftermath of the fires that continue to our north, it is important to stop for a moment to reflect.


Marin Voice: It’s time we learned to talk religion and politics

September 16, 2017

It’s time we learned to discuss the sensitive and challenging topics of the day in a thoughtful, caring way.


Marin educators get help handling school hate episodes

March 30, 2017

In hopes of helping to stamp out such incidents, Mary Jane Burke, Marin’s superintendent of schools, held an anti-bias training workshop led by the Anti-Defamation League in San Rafael.


Marin Voice: Parents must be the voice for a safe and successful future

March 18, 2017

Parents must establish an open dialogue with their kids about the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drugs.


Mary Jane In the News

Workforce Alliance Names Innovation Fund Grantees

March 7, 2018

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this innovative program to both high school students and community members who are seeking to improve their professional skills. As we focus on our workforce development program in schools, this program will provide people with the most current technical skills in a variety of fields from building 3D models in virtual reality to using 360-degree video. Students will come away with skills that will launch them into future careers."


New preschool in Marin to serve unique population

March 2, 2018

“Our hope is that the positive, enriching preschool experience for children with and without disabilities will become a model for other schools, and become available to all children,” said Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke in an email. “Research has shown children with disabilities show greater academic and social growth when in a welcoming, inclusive environment.”


Marin students mobilize against gun violence

March 1, 2018

“We have a meeting scheduled with our law enforcement partners and superintendents on March 7 to talk about how we keep kids safe during the walkouts and hopefully developing a countywide protocol,” Mary Jane Burke, Marin superintendent of schools, said in an email.


How can we prepare our kids with special needs for a school crisis?

February 27, 2018

“If you assure that you have planned for the most vulnerable in our school, then you have planned for everyone,” says Mary Jane Burke, the Marin County Superintendent of Schools and a former special education teacher. “That’s a good way to look at all of education.”


Marin sheriff, county schools head slam arming of teachers

February 23, 2018

“Are you kidding me?” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools. “Everything we know tells us we need prevention and intervention for those who suffer from mental illness. It’s unthinkable to give teachers guns in an educational setting that is for learning.”


Marin groups vow to fight back against Trump’s ‘Dreamers’ decision

September 5, 2017

“No longer is there any room for anyone to stand on the sidelines,” she said. “There are no sidelines.”

SMART Train celebrates start of service

September 1, 2017

Marin County School Superintendent Mary Jane Burke attended the ceremony as well and said her favorite aspect of SMART train are the affordable rider fares.

Kentfield art teacher gets top honor from county

August 28, 2017

The award was presented to Libby-Steinmann by Marin County schools Superintendent Mary Jane Burke, who cited Libby-Steinmann’s skills in recognizing the “importance of displaying student art in public settings to celebrating the talents of your students.”


Horizon Community School: A New Public-Private Educational Partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area

June 23, 2017

As Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools describes, "What is unique about this proposal is the partnership of a proven service provider—CAM—with a prestigious private school's proven 38-year record of serving students."

Marin educators fear ‘contagion’ effect of ‘13 Reasons Why’

May 7, 2017

“The most important thing is that our students know that they always have a safe adult to go to,” said Mary Jane Burke, county superintendent of schools. “It’s critical that the communication with our students and our families provides for positive actions and that students can have resources in the event that they are distressed or any of their friends are distressed.”


Marin schools see rise in anti-Semitic, racial incidents since election

March 30, 2017

“Since the election we’ve seen an uptick in student interactions that we hadn’t seen before in such a blatant way throughout our schools,” said Marin Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke.


Ross Valley Charter School plan divides community

March 29, 2017

“We should never forget that when adults in a community are involved in disagreements, the children watch the parents,” Burke said. “We want our children to see that adults disagree and have strong opinions and are able to handle it in a civil and compassionate way,” Burke said.

Marin IJ Editorial: Southern Marin school merger worth a look

March 23, 2017

Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke is moving forward and taking a hard look at consolidating the Mill Valley and Sausalito Marin City school districts. Burke is perfectly clear; she wants to make sure the merger “would create new educational opportunities that would benefit children in both districts.”

Marin school districts hit with higher pension contributions

March 4 2017

“We have no control over it (contributions),” Burke said. “It’s totally disingenuous to give us unfunded liability and call it local control. This is another example of what happens when schools are not adequately funded.

Marin pantries work to reassure fearful immigrants

February 26, 2017

Marin Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke said, “Our message has been that all students, regardless of their status, are welcome in our schools and under no circumstances would we inquire about a family’s status or turn them away.”

Marin high school students exchange ideas at leadership summit

February 2, 2017

“At this moment in our country, there is nothing more important than ensuring that all feel welcome in our schools,” Mary Jane Burke, Marin County’s superintendent of schools, told students from 10 Marin high schools assembled in the bleachers.

“If we succeed, it will be through all of you — the kids. There are over 36,000 students enrolled in schools in Marin. You are representing all of them,” Burke said.


Sausalito Marin City School District gets county superintendent oversight

December 16, 2016

“This action will be a cooperative effort to address issues that have developed over many years and have been without lasting resolution,” Burke said. “In the final analysis, it is about students who deserve an immediate and enduring resolution that ensures their opportunity to receive a quality education, which is necessary to succeed in life.

“I must act now to address these issues aggressively in the best interests of the students, board, staff and community. I feel the obligation to do everything in my power to help provide the best possible education for the students at Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy.”


Teacher shortage felt in schools around California, survey says

November 30, 2016

“Marin schools, while not yet in crisis, are beginning to feel the impact of the teacher shortage in effect throughout the state and the country,” Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, said in June. “It will be incumbent on all of us to develop a way for those with the natural passion for the work to join the team of amazing educators in our community.”


Marin schools get checks from SchoolsRule-Marin

October 27, 2016

“This is all because of the work of the school foundations,” Burke said before the event. “It’s a source of great pride to see people from throughout the county understand that it’s our moral imperative to provide opportunity for all the children in Marin, regardless of their school district boundaries.”

State: Marin school board hurts minorities with focus on charter school

August 12, 2016

“The report raises issues that will need to be addressed in a timely way,” said Mary Jane Burke, county superintendent of schools, who asked for this year’s state review. Burke serves as chairwoman for the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team board, but said she had no hand in writing the report. “It’s incumbent on all of us to focus on the needs of the kids in Marin City.”


Marin gay rights advocates, school officials applaud new guidelines

August 9, 2016

“The frameworks will provide needed consistency throughout the state. And frankly, it’s about time,” said Mary Jane Burke, the county’s superintendent of schools.

“It’s going to take time” for the new guidelines to be implemented in Marin, “but we will not wait to address the issues of our changing families,” Burke said. “We have already begun to ensure we are welcoming all kinds of families. That work has been going on for years and will continue.”


Marin students outperform state on standardized tests

September 9, 2015

“We continue to need to do more in this area on behalf of these children,” Burke said. “These results, while similar to what we see in the state, are not acceptable. We as a community are working on a variety of strategies so we differentiate on behalf of the kids who need more to get the same result.

“The hard work of exactly what areas we need to focus on will be part of what will happen over the next couple of weeks and into the future,” Burke said.


Higher churning: School superintendent posts, in Marin as elsewhere, subject to volatility

March 8, 2015

Despite the challenges of being a superintendent, the rewards are great, said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools.

“Not everybody is suited to be the leader in the community that is doing the most important work — investing in kids,” Burke said. “When you are dealing with the most important asset in a community, someone’s children, great complexity is involved. No two children are alike; no two families are alike.

“It’s about the child, not the system,” Burke added. “To those passionate about high-level, complex work, it is a rewarding job. You make miracles happen on behalf of the children.”


California measles outbreak highlights Marin vaccination dilemma

January 31, 2015

“We have been working with public health and will take swift action as recommended by Dr. Willis," Burke said.

"It is my hope that the families of children who are not vaccinated will work with their doctors in order to provide the immunizations, which are so important to the health of their children and other peoples' children," Burke said. "Please immunize your children now for the safety of all."


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