We have a moral and civic obligation to provide support and resources for all of our vulnerable students and families.
It is vital that parents, guardians, and family members have a voice in important decisions and feel welcome at our schools. San José Unified offers fantastic engagement programs like Family University and the Parent Project. I would identify and build upon external partnerships with organizations like Somos Mayfair, the African American Community Service Agency, and First 5 Santa Clara County to expand these opportunities.
We should expand existing homeless and foster youth programs to include supports and services for refugees, asylees, and other unaccompanied minor students, as well as DACA-eligible students and staff members.
Google is coming to Downtown San José. Our students, families, and educators need to be front and center as the City negotiates community benefits from this mega project that is already causing stress for our most vulnerable neighbors who are being forced out by rapidly rising property values and gentrification.