Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

East Side Union High School District

Kristin Rivers, Ph.D.

https://www.riversforschoolboard.org/

Understanding that equity isn't the same as equality: we (caregivers and educators) must meet children/students where they are, seek out gaps in their education, and facilitate the filling of those gaps. Each child deserves the best possible care and education, it's up to us to make sure they get it.

  1. What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    Methods and time to determine and address gaps in education, cost of living vs. rates of parents' and caregivers/teachers' pay, open communication channel between parents/community members and schools.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    I intend to conduct a detailed budget review with the Teachers Association and Labor groups engaged with the District to ensure the equitable distribution of funds and to establish regular listening sessions with parents/community members.

  3. What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?

    Outside of the above measures, I'm not sure what else I could do from the School Board but am open to learning from other parents and community members and leaders of ideas they may have on how I might impact the issues because I would very much like to partner to improve these challenging circumstances.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    A moratorium on opening corporate-backed charter schools will help retain resources: financial, motivated students, and engaged parents and community members in the traditional schools where the majority of children with special needs are educated.

  5. Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?

    Understanding that equity is not the same as equality: we (caregivers and educators) must meet children/students where they are, seek out gaps in their education, and facilitate the filling of those gaps. Each child deserves the best possible care and education, it's up to us to make sure they get it.