Responding to Voter Questions: Education and Immigration

One voter stated:

I am a public school teacher in a community where our kids really need to be given the resources to compete with the most privileged. In addition, many of them come from families of immigrants, or are immigrants themselves. What will you do to improve public education and immigration here in CA?

My Response:

Thank you for your question.

The office of Lt. Governor has minimal impact on K-12 public education and so I don't have a comprehensive plan laid out at this time.

However, I do know that we are barely scratching the surface on our abilities to teach our children. I also think we are not focusing on the skillsets that will help them in future occupations or life in general. So there is definitely room for improvement.

I believe that partnering with local businesses and trade organizations would be a better approach than increasing the government overhead around public education. Each local community has their own needs and problems - a one-size-fits-all approach usually ends up meeting none of those needs.

Regarding immigration as a whole, I believe that the rights protected by the constitution are human rights - not American rights. I believe that no matter where a human was born, they deserve freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We should not be closing our borders to those who are looking for those basic rights.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of my positions. I would appreciate your vote and support.