I believe that access to education is a basic human right and we fail our children when we do not provide them with the tools necessary to reach their full potential. It's time for us as a society to make the investments necessary to give our children a quality public school education.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Access to quality education, absence of publicly funded pre-schools, and an opportunity gap are the top three issues affecting our children and families. As a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council I will not get to make the decisions that will level the playing field for our children and families. However, as a council member I will encourage and support programs that will benefit our young families and our youth.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
As a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council, while I will not be making direct budgetary decisions related to funding public education in my town, I will support any efforts to provide programs that will benefit young families and build community- based programs for our children and youth, so that they can have the best possible start in life.
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?
As a city council member while this will not be within my sphere of influence, I believe that we can level the playing field for our most vulnerable when we provide publicly funded, quality pre-schools, especially for children from low income families and for children of English language learners. Additionally, the high costs associated with childcare, and the lack of quality affordable childcare in our communities is the number one reason women drop out of work.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
Again, while this will not be under my sphere of influence I feel strongly about allocating resources for children with special needs and disabilities. As a modern civilized society we fail our children when we don't take the steps necessary to improve inclusion and outcomes for all children.
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?
I feel strongly about providing equal opportunities for all children. The circumstances of their birth or the color of their skin should not determine their future outcomes. When we fail to provide our children with healthy food or enrichment we impact their outcome and in doing so we fail the next generation of citizens.