School Linked Services
Supervisor Cortese created the $40 million School Linked Services program to bring services to students and families on school campuses. School Linked Services has grown to serve about 200 schools in our County. School Linked Services offers a well-designed model for the delivery of coordinated and effective health and social services on school campuses and in their neighboring communities that will meet the needs of students and their families in order for children to achieve success in school and in life. Learn more here.
Annual Sacramento Bus Trip
Supervisor Cortese’s annual Bus Trip for Education brings together public education advocates with state legislators who make decisions about our schools. Over the years, hundreds of high school students have joined the trip, along with parents, educators, elected officials and community leaders.
Bus Trip participants gain an in-depth knowledge of issues, ranging from grades K-12 to community colleges and four-year universities. Participants receive updates on current legislative proposals, a status update on school funding and other key public education efforts. There are also guided tours of the Capitol.
More importantly, Bus Trip participants have an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns directly to state legislators that represent Santa Clara County. Previous speakers have included Assemblymembers Kansen Chu, Evan Low, Ash Kalra, Anna Cabellero, Mark Stone, Marc Berman and Kevin Kiley; and Senators Jim Beall, Jerry Hill and Bob Wieckowski.
Click here for a video of last year’s bus trip.
Closing the Digital Divide for Students
The Board unanimously approved Supervisor Cortese’s proposal to partner with the County Office of Education to provide coverage and purchase equipment for underserved students and community members, starting first with the 15,000 families identified to have the highest need of assistance. The need for connectivity has presented significant challenges for our students who live in areas with poor or no broadband service. These challenges have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 health pandemic. Long-term infrastructure will allow for community members to access much needed resources, even beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.