Education

I have successfully fought for increased funding for public schools, colleges, and universities to better prepare Californians competing for 21st Century jobs. We must reopen our schools safely.

However, adequate funding for public schools is one of the greatest challenges our schools face when they strive to deliver on that promise. As a former PTA parent and university teacher, it has been my priority to increase funding for K-12, community colleges, universities, and adult education. I have always supported local efforts to increase funding for education. 

As your Assemblymember, I have worked hard to protect education funding. I have been a vocal advocate for the historical funding increases to early childhood education, K-12 and higher education.

In 2018 and 2019, we passed a budget that funded two years of FREE community college tuition for first-time, full-time students. 

As a contingency for funding, we placed a tuition freeze and increased enrollment slots at University of California and Cal State University systems for 2019-2020.

Every year, since being elected as your Assemblymember, I have held education roundtables in my office with superintendents, teachers, principals, and education leaders to discuss statewide and local issues impacting families, educators and school systems. These conversations have heavily impacted my work and advocacy at the State Capitol. 

I’m proud to represent the many institutions of higher learning in the district, including Chabot Community College and California State University, East Bay. 

The next two years will bring tremendous challenges to our education system as teachers, parents and students adapt to on-line learning and school administrators adjust to the threat of shrinking budgets. I will fight to protect every dollar promised to our schools. I will work to expand access to low-cost or free internet so students do not fall back on their coursework. Protecting the safety of our students and teachers by making sure our classrooms are a safe place for learning. I will continue to listen to you and advocate for you.