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

Santa Clara Unified School District, Area 2

Mark Richardson

Students first!

  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?

    We have many challenges in today's world. We owe it to children to make progress on these three things; racial justice/tolerance, general kindness and compassion and climate change. Layered through these issues is how we treat each other; we must improve.

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

    I am interested in tolerance taught at each grade level. This and studying very current events are all a curriculum cost and well worth it.

  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?

    SCUSD does a fairly good job of offering child care and preschool, but more can be done. Often State and Federal funds are needed to make true change.

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

    Again, we must culturally address the lack of kindness and teach it as curriculum. This change must start with leaders.

  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 have been a volunteer at "at risk" schools since 1995. I formed a non profit foundation to help send these students to college. I am working at the ground level and as a school board trustee. Constant awareness of these issues is needed to make true change.