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

Mount Pleasant School District

Betty Martinez

I will work with board members and staff to oversee management of tax dollars provided to the district. Support instruction in the hard subjects, language arts, math, social science, and science, so our students reach their career dreams and join our global economy.

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

    Food, shelter, health care, and ICE raids in neighborhoods. Families live in cars, with multiple families in garages and other cramped spaces. Often, there are no individual kitchens or bathroom facilities. Health risks abound. To alleviate some of these issues, we hired Case Managers to identify community resources. We have applied for state and federal free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs and summer lunch programs. To help our families feel safe, we applied to be a sanctuary district and have provided informational workshops for families.

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

    The State of California Local Control Accountability Plan-LCAP was established in 2014. It governs 8 criteria for spending. Parents, teachers, classified staff, and community members are engaged in the planning process. By attending planning meetings at each of our five schools, I and other board members continue to approve the incorporation of school and community needs into the 8 categories for funding.

  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?

    Presently our district is seeking grant funding for childcare programs. We continue to support a Tk pre-kinder program whose numbers far exceeds those for which we receive funding. I will continue to support staff to collaborate with other agencies and seek resources.

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

    I will continue to prioritize support for Special Education services despite rising costs and lack of full federal funding. For example, hiring professional nurses, busing and taxi services for students who attend special programs, providing specialized training for administration and staff, and recruiting teachers with special instructional credentials.

  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 continue to support after school (tutoring) and summer academic programming. I will continue to support staff professional development. Support academic year and summer free and reduced lunch programs, support enrichment via student field trips and 6th grade Science camp. Continue to ensure S.T.E.M. programs and collaboration with community agencies i.e. Tech Museum. I will support continued funding for TK pre-kinder program. We will continue to serve as a food distribution site, and provide nutrition information for families.