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

Morgan Hill Unified School District, Area 2

Tara Bevington

Together WE succeed:
+Motivated students
+Engaged families
+Dedicated teachers and staff

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

    Poverty is the biggest concern for families and children. Students struggle when they are not having their basic needs met so it is important for schools to offer solutions that allow them to focus on learning. I would say that a second priority caused by poverty is hunger. Lastly, mental health in children and young adults is a growing concern. We need identify and communicate ways to destigmatize mental health issues and offer more forms of support in our schools.

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

    When reviewing the budget, identifying ways to ensure all students are prepared to learn should be considered.Priority must also be given to maintaining an effective student to staff ratio, which will ensure student success and adequate support is provided, especially in identifying and responding to mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

  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?

    Quality early education programs is crucial to laying a solid foundation for students to be effective learners. It is imperative that schools partner with local preschool and daycare providers to ensure this important work. As a board trustee, I would work to ensure these programs have the resources needed to prepare our students.

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

    Often discussions about diversity do not include students with learning differences as part of the conversation so for the last five years I have been that voice for this vulnerable population, especially when exploring opportunities in the areas of transition from school to career. I will continue to be a voice for students with special abilities and ensure their equity in education.

  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?

    In my nonprofit organization, we offer a free breakfast because it has proven to be an effective way to ensure students are able to be effective learners. If this would not be a viable solution within the district’s budget, I would explore partnerships with nonprofits, food producers or explore outside funding to provide some options for a healthy breakfast.