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Retiring at the End of My Second Term

In July 2018, my second term will end. I will not run for another term. Serving on the board and representing our community is one of the most rewarding experiences of my educational career. I particularly want to thank Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and the members of the board with whom I’ve had the privilege to serve – Diana Craighead,… Read more »

Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve a Second Term!

Thank you for re-electing me to a second term on the Board of Education! Serving on our Board has been a highlight of my career in public education. The past four years were challenging due to the economy, which required us to make severe cuts in staffing and programs. But our school district continued to… Read more »

One month to Election Day!

With just one month to go before Election Day, the campaign is getting very active. I’ve been out walking and talking with residents in my local neighborhoods. Many great community leaders as well as the Press-Telegram and Long Beach Register have endorsed my re-election. Im proud to honor their endorsements by running a positive campaign. Thats… Read more »

John McGinnis and Chris Steinhauser Addressed the State Board of Education in Support of the LCAP Template and Regulations

Sacramento, CA, January 16, 2014: John McGinnis, president of the Long Beach Unified School Board, and Chris Steinhauser, superintendent, addressed the State Board of Education today in support of the proposed template and emergency regulations for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that school districts must adopt this year. Read text of John’s remarks here…. Read more »

Former Mayor & College President Beverly O’Neill Endorses John McGinnis

Beverly O’Neill, former Mayor of Long Beach and former President of Long Beach City College, joins former Mayor Thomas Clark, current Mayor Bob Foster and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia in endorsing John McGinnis for re-election to the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. McGinnis, President of the Board of Education, is also endorsed… Read more »

Dr. Thomas Clark Endorses John McGinnis for Reelection to a Second Term

Dr. Thomas J. Clark, former mayor of Long Beach and current Vice President of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees, joined Mayor Bob Foster and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia in endorsing John McGinnis for re-election to the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. McGinnis, President of the Board of Education, is… Read more »

Why I’m Seeking a Second Full Term

I am running for reelection in order to use the experience I gained in my first term to help reinvigorate visual and performing arts, school libraries, career and college counseling, nursing, early childhood education and other programs that were reduced during the past recession. As money returns, our school board will work collaboratively to restore… Read more »

Taking the Oath of Office

On Wednesday evening, January 13, I was honored to be sworn into office on the Long Beach Unified School Board by Superintendent Chris Steinhauser. I’m grateful to the voters and to the many community members who welcomed me to this city, advised me during the campaign and honored me with election to the School Board…. Read more »

Thank You!

Dianne and I want to thank the voters of Long Beach who entrusted me with the responsibility to serve on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. I will work hard to earn the trust you put in me. I also want to thank those who contributed to our campaign, walked neighborhoods with… Read more »

Press-Telegram Profiles John McGinnis

The Long Beach Press-Telegram profiled me in its article McGinnis Touts Experience on December 17. The article highlighted my 40 years in public education, twenty as a teacher and twenty as a college administrator. It also covered my intention to use that experience to help preserve programs such as visual and performing arts, school libraries,… Read more »

Endorsed by Administrators and Counselors

The Association of Long Beach Educational Managers (ALBEM) endorsed my candidacy for School Board. ALBEM represents Long Beach Principals, Vice Principals, Supervisors and Counselors. I am honored to receive this group’s endorsement. These education leaders join Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jon Meyer, Member of the LBUSD Board and Felton Williams, Vice President… Read more »

Renaissance High School’s The Wiz

A few weeks ago my wife and I attended Renaissance High School’s production of The Wiz at the International City Theatre. The students were wonderful! Their singing, dancing, and acting talents and their enthusiasm brought back memories of my years as a high school teacher. Back then, my wife and I would take our own… Read more »

Felton Williams Endorses McGinnis for School Board

Dr. Felton Williams, Vice President of the Long Beach Unified School Board, endorsed me yesterday for the District 3 seat on the Board of Education. I am honored to receive Dr. Williams endorsement. Dr. Williams is the former Dean of Long Beach City College’s School of Business and Social Science. He had been an educator for… Read more »

My First Political Cartoon Caricature

Check out the article in the District online, “The Amazing Race?.” Theo Douglas’s story is accompanied by Luke McGarry’s political cartoon of the five candidates. In the article, Douglas mentions two of my endorsers, Jon Meyer, member of the Long Beach USD Board of Education and former LBUSD teacher, coach and principal, and Delaine Eastin,… Read more »

Measure T Letter to Press Telegram

This morning the Long Beach Press Telegram published my letter in support of Measure T. You can read the letter here. Measure T is a parcel tax of $92 a year, 25 cents a day, that will help Long Beach Unified defray some of the enormous cuts imposed by the state legislature on public education…. Read more »

Former State Librarians Endorse John McGinnis

Today two former California State Librarians endorsed John McGinnis in his bid for a seat on the Long Beach USD Board of Education. Gary Strong served as State Librarian from 1980 to 1994. Kevin Starr served as State Librarian from 1994 to 2004. Both worked with John McGinnis on statewide projects affecting education and libraries…. Read more »

Jon Meyer Endorses John McGinnis

Today I received the endorsement of Jon Meyer, member of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. I am honored to have the endorsement of Mr. Meyer, a man who has given so much to Long Beach Unified School District as a teacher, a principal and now a school board member. I am… Read more »

Delaine Eastin Endorsement

Yesterday, Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, endorsed my candidacy for a seat on the Long Beach USD Board of Education. In her endorsement, she wrote, “John McGinnis is the right choice for a very important job at a difficult time.  John is not only a brilliant educator but he has courage, vision,… Read more »

State Superintendent O’Connell Acknowledges LBUSD

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell acknowledged the leadership of Long Beach Unified School District today. In a press release urging the Governor to sign Senate Bill (SB) 19, O’Connell referred to President Obama’s mention of, “Long Beach Unified School District as an example of a district that effectively uses student and teacher data… Read more »

McGinnis Attends Human Rights Awards Banquet

Last night, my wife and I attended the 28th Annual Human Rights Awards Banquet hosted by the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club. Seven awards were presented to individuals and community organizations for their leadership on behalf of the human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Long Beach. Dianne and I were… Read more »