We must make sure that the lessons that are learned in schools and classrooms across this great country provide our children with the foundation they need to have a successful future. Therefore, I will always strive to make certain that our school systems provide the best educational opportunities available.
My wife and I are the proud parents of two children currently enrolled in Delaware's public school system. Like you, I want Delaware's school system the best that it can be. That was my goal when I served as governor and remains so today in the U.S. Senate.
As governor, I prioritized putting in place rigorous standards and raising student achievement. I also instituted optional training for parents and gave them and their children more choices in education by championing public school choice and the creation of charter schools.
When I came to the U.S. Senate in 2001, I was convinced that much of what we in Delaware had accomplished in the area of education reform could serve as a model for the rest of America. That's why the very first bill I introduced, the "Empowering Parents Act," provided more options for parents whose children were in failing schools. It encouraged communities with low-performing schools to experiment with universal public school choice and helped leverage financing for new charter school start-ups. The "Empowering Parents Act" was included in the "No Child Left Behind Act," which became law in January 2002.
As my colleagues and I consider legislation that impacts the educational future of our children, I will continue to support initiatives that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our public school system.