28 Apr Brenda Zamora
Clark County School District D Trustee
Campaign Contact Phone: 7254007471
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
My daughters inspired me to run because they need someone on that board that is going to truly advocate for change that will positively impact them. I am qualified because I have been deeply involved in their education, I have been a voting member of their School Organizing Team for 5 years and I am an ally to our teachers. I go to school board meetings and attempt to update my community about decisions that are being made and how they can be impactful.
How do you propose that more funding be allocated to public education?
Increasing gaming tax of at least 2% will make a huge difference if 100% of that increase goes to education, and taxing the mines.
Parents are frustrated with the performance of public schools, its apparent nonresponsiveness to the community, and its current poor performance with student outcomes. What are your thoughts on how we can support public education and change this situation?
By retaining teachers, providing them the resources they need to be successful, and re-evaluating our test standards due to the pandemic.
How would you propose changing the current funding formula to make it more equitable for children from poverty, English Language Learners and special education students?
I believe that some schools do not need as much funding as schools with many ELL students and students with IEPs. We need to increase funding in these schools so they can have and adequate team to be with those students so they can be successful.
There is a rise of bullying and racism in our schools. If elected, what steps would you make to ensure that our children can safely attend school?
I have already been in support of our CCSD Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce and I will continue to support and listen to their recommendations.
Comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically-accurate, inclusive sex education has been proven to improve students’ long-term health outcomes, yet it is not required that students be provided with this information in their sex-ed programs. Do you believe that public school sex-ed programs should be comprehensive, medically accurate, and inclusive?
Yes, I 100% agree, I have also said we can partner with Planned Parenthood in High Schools to teach proper Sex Education and pass out resources for students to practice safe sex if they engage in consensual intercourse. I am also in favor of changing the policy for sex education from a "opt-in" to a "opt-out" course.
Do you support ending the use of pepper spray on students by the school district police? Yes or No, and why?
Yes, school police should not have any weapons of any nature in schools, they should be taught to deescalate situations without force.
Post Covid we have many students who have not been able to catch up in their learning. It is particularly alarming that the younger students, who did not acquire reading skills during remote learning, are very far behind in reading proficiency. At the other end, we have seen a drop in Nevada’s high school graduation rates, with minorities, special ed, and ELLs now suffering a significant graduation gap. How do we address the needs of the Covid generation?
Re-evaluating our testing standards in accordance to post pandemic reading and comprehension levels.
What is your position on legislation such as Don’t Say Gay, and forcing transgender children to use bathrooms of their birth sex?
I disagree with this type of legislation and will speak out against it publicly as a Bisexual woman myself. Students should be able to express themselves in their truest form.
What is your position on restorative justice?
I am in support of restorative justice for our district.