My wife, Robbie, and I raised two children who attended our fine public schools. Like most parents, we are proud that Zac and Emmett attended great colleges and are now making their way in the world pursuing exciting careers.
As Mayor, I've championed school funding issues and led the charge for increased financial resources for our schools. We've more than tripled the amount of money granted to our district to over $14 million dollars annually. I also spearheaded City support for "For the Arts" the SMMUSD Education Foundation's art and music programs. The results of our combined efforts are high performing graduates who are going on to attend college in record numbers.
The Assembly must find predictable and sustainable revenue streams to ensure that our public education system gets the support it needs, from kindergarten to college. As our standards for student achievement rise, we must ensure that all our students benefit, including children with disabilities.