My Platform – Time for School Reform


Taking on the Global Challenge
The Future of Education for TUHSD

America is facing a crisis.
Our schools can be the pillars for solutions.
Think BIG.

Problems (short list):
– 50% loss of global Wildlife in past 40 years
– acidification of oceans
– melting polar icecaps
– 50% dead coral reefs in past 40 years
– lack of compassion and social justice
– contaminated drinking water for profit
– 500 US mountain tops removed for dirty coal
– horrific animal factory farming
– only 3% food is grown organically nationally
– loss of integrity

Solutions (short list):
– Defund aggressive male dominated sports (football)
– Fund gardens to connect to food and collaboration
– Fund more art, dance & music
– Adopt animals/create animal sanctuary to learn responsibility 
(Giraffe? Elephant? Cows and Pigs?)
– Engage in problem solving with real life issues
– Join Marin County’s initiative DRAWDOWN
– Students get three weeks out of school to pursue national, international conferences, projects for social justice, peace and/or environment to be the leaders of 
our nation and our world
– Plant based, organic, plastic free lunches only
– Electric bike commuting sourced and funded

Barbara McVeigh for TUHSD 
NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Yep, she’s sticking her neck out 
with these AMAZING ideas. 
Be the solution, not the problem. 
Join her and have confidence 
our local public school community can make magic and BE the model for our nation.






Peter Coyote
Learner Limbach, General Manager at Orcas Food Co-op

“Barbara is a nimble systems thinker with and acute grasp on the present, informed by a her experience, and an understanding of the history that got us here.”
-Michael Stocker, Writer and Ocean Conservationist

“Barbara McVeigh is passionate about education. Her work in television has been a powerful tool for spreading much-needed awareness on environmental issues. Barbara would be a great influence on a school board, given her wealth of understanding about how to take complex issues and make them accessible, engaging, and memorable. Her commitment to communities, to human rights, to finding solutions to the challenges facing our planet, would make her a positive force in shaping how children need to be nurtured and inspired. I warmly recommend Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District.”
– Etelle Higonnet, Environmentalist

Barbara McVeigh should not only be on a school board, but advising the State of California on education in my opinion. She has seen first-hand with eyes wide open the impact school has had on her and other children. With Barbara’s background as a deeply committed advocate for human rights and environmental protection, unwavering and fearless, always committed to her principles even when it isn’t the most popular to do so, she would bring a breath of committed change, for the right reasons, to the schools that are now, more than ever, so very much in need. Our children’s minds, bodies and spirits are not nurtured, nor even remotely cared for, in our current school system. It can be fixed, and engaging Barbara will help.
                           – April Peebler, Founder of Heirs to Our Oceans

I confidently recommend Barbara McVeigh for the position of Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District. Barbara is committed to education and creating a positive vision for our youth. In my years of working with Barbara at Sailing Education Adventures, I have found her totally trustworthy and incorruptible. If you want to see an honest, generous, caring person devoted to our young people, join me in supporting Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees.
– Joe Rouse, 
President, Sailing Education Adventures

Time for Change – Our Schools Can Save America

It’s an amazing experience running for public office. Everyone should dip into the opportunity. The contrived stories that begin to arise and the anger and hatred toward anything you say drives conversation in ways I could never imagine. I’m in awe.

So, let’s up the ante why I’m really running for the board of the Tamalpais Union High School District. Is it because I’m a Betsy de Vos fan and aim to change our public institutions into private schools or charter schools? Is it because I’m dangerous?

First off, let me assure anyone that I have NOTHING to do with the GOP agenda, especially given my family took a stand against its Hero in 1981 and we lost everything for it. But, if you wish to categorize me as dangerous, let’s go with it.

Many of us are tired of the high level competition driven in our public schools. We are the kind people who appreciate collaboration and nurturing, not bullying and ego building which many of us see has been the driving energy in many of our public schools. Why on earth is a football team the epicenter of school spirit and why am I paying for a male dominate dominated sport that fosters aggression, violence and ego about a rubber ball with girls in short skirts on the sidelines cheering the grunting, sweating boys? This is an example of how backwards our public schools have become and why should I pay for this crap?

Instead, let’s focus on our horrific problems in our country where our food is saturated with poison, animals are horrifically diseased and abused in animal factories and our children are so disconnected from any of these truths while we go on our merry way believing that getting them into a high level university is considered progress and success. We are absolutely backwards in our narrative about schooling in America. That might be one truth where I do agree with Trump’s idea but certainly not his plan.

So, this is what I proposed:

Uproot the football fields and plant organic corn fields or other agricultural crops and get the kids dirty and connected to the most vital thing in life – OUR FOOD.

And, if you are really worried about losing mascots, let’s just up the ante. Don’t think small and fake, think big and authentic:


Let’s create animal sanctuaries to help with nurturing and connection to what is REAL in our world besides rubber balls and astro turf. Our students can learn and connect and smile and laugh . . . while learning to nurture and respect life. All life.

Crazy? That’s right because this country has become insane with its lack of vision, compassion and respect for life.

Let’s start respecting ALL people, not just those with money and big houses, but also the janitor, the clerk, the plumber and those around us who can teach us about culture, music and the arts. Let’s start dancing and singing and gather together in ways that unite all of us instead of that which divides us.

And most of all, let’s start educating our children with what’s important in life. It’s high time. And that will be my stand as a public school trustee.

Scared? Good.