Op-Ed: Silicon Valley Students Turn to Political Activism Through ‘Agents of Change’ Coalition

Agents of Change is Rep. Ro Khanna’s student activism group that leverages the principles of political organizing to focus on local impact.

International College Students Return to the Valley with Trump, Immigration Fears Top of Mind

As the Trump administration calls for the deportation of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, it’s no surprise that international students are questioning their own future in this country.

Silicon Valley Schools Fall behind in STEM Funding

Santa Clara County Board of Education trustee Joseph DiSalvo examines how Silicon Valley’s public schools routinely fail to secure grant funding for STEM education.

Congressman Mike Honda’s Advisory Council Rallies STEM Education Advocates

I applaud Congressman Michael Honda’s recent convening of the STEM Advisory Council, which I attended last Friday at Applied Materials with 60-plus engineers, educators, policy makers and non-profit leaders. We must act now, as more and more firms in the U.S., like Applied Materials, require science, technology, engineering or math degrees to satisfy their employment mandates.

Bay Area Math Report Deserves Local School Districts’ Consideration

A new study from the Brookings Institution places the metro area of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara as No. 1 in patent filings per capita in America. Certainly, the distinction is reflected in the fabric of our economy and the high price of housing. It would follow somewhat logically that this honor must also demonstrate the effectiveness and innovation in our public schools, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most schools, districts and classrooms in Silicon Valley.

Santa, Please Bring Back the Arts

If I had one request for Santa this holiday season, I would want him to work with each of our 31 school districts—too many, for sure—and make certain they have plans to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricular planning to include the Arts.