We Made Our Voices Heard for Education
Legislators Listened to Our Concerns and Shared Information on Their Bills
More than 200 students, teachers, elected officials and community advocates for education joined me and my staff me on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, for the 14th annual Bus Trip to Sacramento to meet with the legislators who represent Santa Clara County in the State Senate and Assembly.
Speaking to us this year were Senators Jim Beall, Jerry Hill, Bob Wieckowski and Trevor Taylor from the Office of Senator Bill Monning; Assemblymembers Mark Stone, Kansen Chu, Evan Low, Richard Gordon and Kaitlyn Schultenhenrich from Assemblymember Nora Campos’ office; and State Controller Betty Yee.
Our large delegation of high school and middle school students were prepared and asked excellent questions on topics that affect their lives:The quality of school lunches, lack of career education, outdated textbooks, the need for neutral gender bathrooms and school maintenance. And there were concerns expressed about the cost of college tuition and the difficulty of getting accepted into the university systems.
We also covered issues of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, the care of foster children, mental health and gun control. State Controller Betty Yee gave us an update on the state's economic health: We're doing well, but facing a huge crisis in retirement.
More details will be coming in a column I write for our community newspapers. So, stay tuned.
In the meantime, I'd like to thank everyone who made this trip possible -- the participants, my staff, the legislators and their staffs and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, our co-sponsor.