Sunday, August 18, 2013

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Because, if you a student in a Santa Clara public school, you may very well just be losing a lifeline.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to meet our Superintendent, Dr Xavier De La Torre, and through a few chats that I have had with him, I have gained a deep respect for him and what he is trying to do for our children, and ALL of the students in Santa Clara county.
I emphasize the word 'all' because he seems to understand that our most powerful and influential people have a responsibility to help those that need it the most, and unfortunately our system is set up to do the exact opposite.  Whether it is a private or charter school created to enable student segregation (albeit under the guise of "I just want what's best for MY kids"), or one of our fine public schools, there seems their seems to be an innate inequity between the "haves" and "have nots", and whether we intend to or not, most of us are furthering this divide. 
Each time we volunteer at "our child's" school, we are growing the chasm, whether we intend to, or (most likely) not. 
I have had some good conversations with our superintendent about how we might be able to bridge this divide, but I fear that he may not be around long enough to see it come to fruition.  The SCCBOE relocated his family, of five children along with him and his wife, because they felt that he was the best candidate for this prestigious position. 
Hopefully the county board members who have significant impact on OUR (I mean ALL Santa Clara county students, not just the wealthy ones) students' futures will be able to see past influential benefactors and future political clout, and continue to support our superintendent and all our children. Otherwise, we may be taking away a lifeline from the very kids who need it the most.

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