The Issues - Education

Paula believes that every child in California deserves a high quality education. As a first-generation college student and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Paula’s life was changed for the better by a publicly funded higher education. To succeed, Paula knows that all of our high school students should be prepared and well-skilled to either enter the workforce or attend a two or four-year higher education college or university. 


California must increase vocational training and apprenticeship opportunities, address cost of living for community college students, and reassess tuition and fees charged at UC and CSU campuses while being mindful of the overall cost of attendance at our universities. Ballooning administrative costs and unnecessary expenses must be brought under control at our public higher education institutions to prioritize instruction and reduce costs for families and students to lower the overall cost of attendance.


In her first term as a member of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education, Paula led the passage of Measure P, one of the largest K-12 school bonds in district history. Measure P provided funding to rebuild aging facilities and help students learn in state-of-the-art facilities at the lowest possible cost to homeowners. This level of investment had been long overdue for families and students.


All of our children deserve the opportunity to succeed, regardless of the zip code they live in. As a State Senator, Paula will:

  • Fight to prioritize ensuring California’s K-12 schools are well funded and increase school funding to get California in the top 10 U.S. states in per-student funding

  • Propose that new revenue be invested in increased training for teachers and school employees, after-school tutoring, extracurricular activities, and counseling services for students

  • Support the successful implementation of universal pre-kindergarten for all children and families

Paula is proud to be supported by the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Faculty Association, California School Employees Association and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, as well as numerous local school board members, educational leaders and parents.