By Srinivasan Sambathkumar
Karen Hardy wants kudos for Wilcox having a slightly better math test pass rate than Santa Clara High.
There’s a Shania Twain song relevant to this conversation titled “That don’t impress me much.”
In football Wilcox does not compare itself to Santa Clara High, instead choosing to set the aim of its football team to that of Bay Area powerhouse football schools. Why not do the same in mathematics? This is needed especially for the many District 3 kids who are falling through the cracks.
Milpitas High School: 58% passed the math exam;
Homestead High School: 71% passed the math exam;
Cupertino High School: 79% passed the math exam;
Lynbrook High School: 90% passed the math exam;
Monta Vista High School: 90% passed the math exam.
At Wilcox just 44% passed the math exam. I’m deeply concerned about the future of other 56%. My simple question to Karen is, who is responsible for this low achievement gap? Year over year trend is not looking good also. What is the plan to reverse the trend?
I am running for City Council to inspire positive change in quality of life for the working families of District 3, not to continue the status quo. This is a serious issue for residence of Dist. 3 and it’s having impact on their quality of life.
Citing publicly-available statistics is not negative campaigning. Karen inappropriately impugns my honor.
We can do better in District 3 – in academics, in removing graffiti, in cleaning up illegal dumping, and thus improving quality of life.
Karen rudely laughed at my suggestion for homework centers during the LWV candidate debate. She said “the City Council has nothing to do with schools,” suggested her students are not “motivated” and said I said should have run for school board instead of City Council.
I could call Karen defensive and short-sighted and bitter. I will conclude by saying we have different priorities.
And, I will focus on the future of quality of life for District 3 – for kids, for seniors, for working families. I ask our neighbors of District 3 for their support and votes.