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

San Jose Unified School District, Area 1

Teresa Castellanos

The education of children is the most important thing a society does. It’s about the present & the future of the nation.

  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?

    1. Health & safety of students & staff
    2.Quality education in distance learning that includes social emotional skills
    3. Continue addressing issues of Equity

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

    These priorities will be reflected in our relationships and agreements with our labor unions & in our superintendent’s education priorities which will be reflected is continuously in our many reviews of the budget process.

  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?

    I will continue to advocate with our state legislators, work with our county partners & support the districts expansion & promotion of preschool in SJUSD.

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

    This issue has been a priority for the district for the last two years, and will continue to be a priority for the next year. It is a complex issue with limited funding. We are focusing on creating district wide standards & access.

  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?

    This is an issue that the district has been working on as part of a desegregation court order since 1985. As board President, this year we updated our equity policy, added ethnic studies, passed a Black Lives Matter resolution, are conducting a study of SRO’s on our campuses & have made the achievement of Latino students & special education students our academic priority.