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

Fremont Union High School District

Don Sun

I will work to close student achievement gap by ensuring children of all backgrounds are receiving an equal quality education. I will promote a comprehensive education that provides well-rounded coursework in all subjects. I will also increase awareness and provide resources for the mental wellness of our children.

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

    1. Financial burden of high-quality early education: I will work with all levels of legislators to provide financial aids to families in need; 2. Lack of quality resources for teachers of early education: I will provide housing subsidies to both private and public teaching assistants and early education teachers; 3. Restrictions on early education establishments with land use restriction and zoning: I will work with local government to reduce restrictions on properties to welcome more businesses in early education fields.

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

    With my statistics and legal background, and eight years as Cupertino Planning Commissioner, I will work with local governments, from city and county levels to state level, to secure a new type of investment with private sectors, and form new partnerships to mitigate the financial burdens for low-income families in the area. I would also take the initiative to encourage community colleges and state legislators to work together to provide some type of incentive package for new teachers to get into early education job market.

  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 work with all school district management team and adult schools to develop affordable programs for low-income children and families or provide no interest loan for early education purpose only. I will work with the community to provide a welcoming environment for English language learners to foster faster adaptation and social engagement, and engage second-generation children to be future leaders of the community. To increase community involvement, I will also start volunteer programs to provide assistance in learning.

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

    It is our responsibility as a community to support special needs and disabled students and their families. We should extend opportunities and resources to support these students so their disadvantage does not stop them from achieving their dreams. I will encourage the schools to provide more inclusive platforms that adjust to different needs, including counselors and trained teachers on responding to special conditions, and in return encourage parents of the special needs and disabled students to engage in voluntary works with the school and community.

  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?

    I will work with the schools to provide resources for low-income children and children of color and their families, including a food bank, lowering education costs, and providing affordable tutoring. A two-way coordination between local government and local organization can bridge the opportunity gap, helping children who feel disadvantaged because of circumstances to feel welcomed and understand they have approachable resources at hands. I will work with schools to provide equal opportunity for all students regardless of financial or ethnic background, and engage teachers and faculty members to encourage engagement with these students.