As an educator, I know that the key to expanding opportunity is to provide every American with a world-class education. As we face increased competition in the global economy, we need to continue to set the highest standards for our children. At the same time, many aspects of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation need reform. For instance, it is counterproductive to deprive underperforming schools of the very resources they need to educate their students. And while we all agree we need the best teachers for our kids, we need to rebalance the demands made on a teacher's time to complete the mountains of paperwork required of NCLB and the time required to educate our children.
I will also work to help expand educational opportunities for college by providing relief from skyrocketing college tuition, increasing the size and access to Pell Grants, and fighting against those who want to make it more expensive for student loans. America can compete in this increasingly competitive world only with more access to post high-secondary education. And in Iowa's second congressional district, this includes the University of Iowa, s