"Fairness is a key principle upon which our educational system should be based. When students work hard and achieve so they can get into a good school, they should have equal opportunity at admission regardless of ethnicity or gender. This important principle is one of the key reasons Californians originally passed Proposition 209 and it remains important today. SCA-5 is intensely controversial because it would undermine this basic principle of fairness and for this reason it should be rejected.
"There is a lack of fairness in our educational system today: many of our K-12 schools, including large numbers that serve principally our African-American and Latino communities, are failing our students, leaving them unprepared for college, vocational training, and the workforce. As a former school board member, I know the answer here is not to reintroduce discrimination in college admissions, but to give students and parents new options and alternatives too choose a better school when the school they are now attending is failing or not a good fit. That's why I support expanding school choice and charter school alternatives. No student should be dealt a setback in life because the school the government has chosen for them is not a good fit or is failing.