LASD should provide equal opportunity
I disagree with the Mountain View City Council’s stance that the 10th school site should house a neighborhood school, as stated in the Sept. 26 article in the Town Crier (“10th-site discussions miss north of El Camino Real perspective”).
The equity issue at stake is not so much the walking distance of the school; the glaring equity issue about to transpire is that such a neighborhood school would likely create a disparity in access to a top-performing school. As a former resident of the Mountain View Whisman School District, I observed that school performance in Mountain View was closely tied to the socioeconomic status of the students’ families. The schools in the more affluent parts of Mountain View clearly outperformed their less affluent counterparts. As a child of immigrant parents, I know that many immigrants would place a much higher value on access to a high-quality public education than a short walk to school.