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

California State Assembly, District 28

Carlos Rafael Cruz

I am committed to finding solutions to the issues we face as Californians. I will focus on balanced budgets that prioritize spending toward education, public safety, and infrastructure. Also ensuring the parent-child relationship maintains a proper foundation.

  1. Taking into consideration the profound impact of COVID-19 and the expanded movement for racial justice and equity, what do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    Children need to have the ability to experience family and parental cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Without interference or fear of reprisal from the government or any of its agencies. We have to make sure schools are not promoting or teaching deviant sexual behavior under the guise of education and exploration to children. We need to ensure Government agencies are not overstepping family boundaries in trying to control and take over parental roles. Children and parents need to be confident their schools are providing an education which will guarantee they will have the ability to be competitive in the workforce.

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

    We have to look at the way we are spending educational funds and where they are going. Our educational system should be streamlined and efficient. Our teaches should have the proper support and our courses should be of the highest quality. Failing Schools — public and private — should be shut down and denied public funding.

  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?

    Lack of child care and pre-school should not be the concern of the Government. We really need to define how far the Government should be involved in many aspects of personal life. We live in a market economy. The Government should allow the market to fill the needs of the people. The Government should not compete with the market economy.

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

    None. We have to enforce the laws we currently have. I will not be a politician who will create or support new laws to overlay current laws which are not being enforced. Thanks to COVID, our educational system has been forced to support remote learning. This will open up education to all children with special needs or with disabilities without Government intervention or interference.

  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?

    If you want to improve the "opportunity gap" in California, all you have to do is one thing. Privatize all Public Schools. Have the vouchers the Government will give to public schools follow the child. This is the best way for the Government to invest in California’s future. This will be the best way to ensure our Teachers are being paid their true market value. Allow the teachers to join together to own these institutions privately. This will ensure our children are getting the best education possible. Do not restrict children to area schools. This is a form of discrimination when low income families are restricted to low income/low quality schools.