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Joseph Di Salvo is a member of the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Board of Trustees. He is a San Jose native. His columns reflect his personal opinion and can be found weekly on San Jose Inside.
A proposal to relocate students within San Jose Unified School District appears to have been made with the best of intentions. However, it seems these decisions were rushed within the last two months and did not include all possible solutions.
I am thankful that my current work—in my seventh decade of life—has given me a rich opportunity to work with amazing people. I am particularly thankful for the educators, policy makers and community leaders who work tirelessly to promote equity.
As we turn the page on the election, Sam Liccardo and Dave Cortese each have an enormous responsibility to heal the wounds created by the race. Doing so could go a long way toward accomplishing city and county goals, such as eliminating the achievement gap in our schools.
Remember when broadcast television was the only game in town? Rooftop antennas and three major networks. If you prefer that over the entertainment options today, you’re living in the past—similar to those who continue to resist innovation in our public schools.
The San Jose mayor’s race has been unfortunately distilled down to a contentious debate on public safety, crime and pension reform. But if the next mayor focuses on one different issue, he will be able to address all of the aforementioned topics.