Students First Platform

Linda Stork, Matthew Rivera, and Jenifer Garcia are the only candidates in the race with a clear platform for how they will improve the Board of Education and our school system.

PUTTING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS FIRST NOW

  • Massive intervention, including community organizations and volunteers, to assist students negatively impacted by the pandemic
  • Immediate upgrade of ventilation systems, including air conditioning for all schools, and on-going monitoring of air quality
  • Increased accountability for special needs students and victims of bullying
  • Address the chronic absenteeism crisis

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • Targeted, comprehensive program for all older students entering from other countries
  • Adequate staffing to allow for smaller class sizes and consistent substitute coverage
  • Bilingual Pre-K and expanded dual language program
  • Develop plans for smaller elementary schools located within neighborhoods

MAKING THE BOARD AND ITS MEETINGS MORE ACCESSIBLE

  • Return to previous rules and practices for public participation at Board meetings
  • Listen respectfully and answer the public’s questions during the meeting when possible
  • Increase transparency of Board operations and finances
  • Broadcast board meetings online in English and Spanish