Moving Escondido Schools Forward
Every child has the right to a high-quality public education that focuses on the whole child. Children learn and thrive in different environments and public education must provide options for families. Parents and guardians deserve to feel empowered and respected as a partner in their child’s education. COVID-19 has exposed the uncertainty of a family’s right to choose how their child receives an education. Many statewide decisions have been made to protect the public’s health. In a state with over 40 million people, those sweeping decisions have brought to light the importance of local control to allow districts to make decisions based on local data, focusing on the needs of the families in their community.
Teachers deserve to feel empowered and supported to foster a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn and thrive. Our students are faced with unprecedented challenges that have been intensified because of this global pandemic. Food insecurity, anxiety and depression, instability in the home – all these factors increase the risk for drug and alcohol use, gang involvement, human trafficking, and suicide. Teachers are trying to balance the social-emotional needs of students as well as helping them achieve their educational goals. These pressures are not sustainable for our teachers. I am committed to increasing access to physical, mental, and behavioral health services for both students and teachers to ensure our school community is healthy and safe.
Post Graduate Pathways
Schools have an incredible responsibility to prepare students for college, career, and life. For students of the Escondido Union High School District, there will be multiple pathways to success. As a district, it is our responsibility to understand and cultivate the goals of each student and their family so we can support opportunities for college preparedness, experiential learning, and career technical education. EUHSD offers multiple award-winning career pathways that translate into real-world experience and high-paying jobs for our students. I will continue to protect funding to ensure these diverse opportunities are encouraged for our students to explore the pathway that is best for them.