Palo Alto Unified School District Governing Board
Education, not indoctrination. As parents we expect excellence from the schools that we entrust to teach and mold our children. When did indoctrination become part of the school curriculum? We need to be vigilant parents and vigilant citizens. Ingrid is a Mother and a Business Administration Specialist: ingridcampos.org
In a recent poll by Choose Children 2022 of likely general election voters, more than half of parents with children under age 18 say they are likely to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years. What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how will you make our region a place where all families can thrive?
Indoctrination on so many levels is probably the top reason people are moving out of the Bay Area. Liberals are foregoing education in favor of social -emotional learning. When did social services take center stage at school? Single path math is dumbing down our kids, equity math is placing racist ideals in front of academic excellence. If people aren't moving out of the bay Area (or California), they're homeschooling.
As we have learned over the past three years, without quality, affordable, childcare, parents can’t go to work. What will you do to address challenges accessing childcare and preschool programs in our diverse communities?
If everyone in the school community got together to find a solution for childcare on the school campuses, it would only result in a win-win situation for all involved. Teachers could be paid to work in these programs if they were interested in supplementing their income. Substitute teachers could also opt to work these afterschool programs. Peer tutoring could turn into community service credit in high school towards graduation requirement for college applications. It is a very real need to have affordable, accessible childcare for a few hours after school.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the opportunity gap that children in low-income families and children of color confront (e.g., lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors, and enrichment activities). If elected, what will you do to increase equity of opportunity?
The Palo Alto Unified School District happens to be a very affluent school district. However, I am acutely aware that these problems still exist in small percentages even here. Free brunch and lunch programs have made it easier for low-income students to access food; however, I don't agree that it is only "children of color" that suffer from these deficiencies. We definitely need after school care and peer tutoring.
What steps will you take to support inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities and their families to be fully included in our community?
Inclusion comes from communication, partnership and leadership training for youth and adults. My kids had weekend long leadership training in their 4H club; one of the modules enlisted knowledge of and caring for handicapped peers. This was invaluable for the socialization of these two different youth groups. A great overall experience.
There is a mental health crisis among children, youth, and those who care for and educate them. If elected, how will you use the resources of your new role to improve access to mental and behavioral health services?
I am adamant about parental rights and traditional family values. Mental health starts at home. It is not the responsibility or the burden (as some I've talked to express it), of the school community to care for the mental well-being of a pupil. The school community can absolutely partner with the parents on mental health issues that may arise. We have arrived at a crisis stage in this country because parents are working to make a living/survive and it becomes too easy to neglect their kids' emotional and social well-being. Parents need allies and resources, but overall, parents need to stay vigilant and focused on their kids.