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

Milpitas Unified School District

Chris Norwood

I believe in order to prepare our children and families for 21st Century opportunities, we must continually invest in life long education practices and principles. We must also elect experienced, trustworthy, objective education leadership that listens, learns and passionately collaborates with local civic leaders, community champions and nationwide government officials.

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

    The 3 top issues are equity, opportunity and access. During my current tenure as a school board trustee, I began addressing these issues by championing policies, programs and services that created additional opportunities for school funding, community partnerships and civic engagement with local, state and federal elected officials.

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

    Over the last 4 years, there have been major changes in the California public education budgeting process - this includes the complete transition to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). I will address my priorities by ensuring our school district Superintendent and Executive Cabinet align our LCAP funding to meet the needs of data provided by SBAC exams and California dashboard on school district performance.

  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?

    Step 1. I will share with the voters of the Milpitas community the value and impact of high quality child care based on local and national data. Step 2. We will continue to evolve our Love4Literacy learning program and MUSD CDC centers which focus on preschool literacy, school-readiness and parent engagement. Step 3. Collectively engage city government, commissions, local partners, community leaders and other elected officials to join and support our efforts.

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

    There is a teacher and paraprofessional shortage in the areas of special needs and children with disabilities. If reelected, here are my steps: Step 1. I will continue to champion in-house development of special needs educators. Step 2. I will continue to champion special needs children are placed in school environments where they do not feel isolated from their peers. Step 3. Increase family engagement opportunities to our special needs parents and caregivers.

  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?

    There are a myriad of reasons the opportunity gaps exists and persists. If reelected, here are my steps: Step 1. I will continue my efforts to champion school readiness through family engagement activities. Step 2. Build upon the return of the Milpitas Elementary Olympics which brought back a rich tradition of celebrating community, diversity, physical fitness and the importance of nutrition. Step 3. Collaborate with city officials, high school sports teams, STEAM partners and community service initiatives, that encourage after school participation and out of school time learning.