Our overall goal is to provide a quality public education to all students and to equip them with the necessary tools to succeed in life, regardless of whether they choose to enter college or the work force.
We need to provide adequate funding and resources to achieve our goals under the federal legislation, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).NCLB needs to be revised so that students can be fairly assessed, especially English Learners and students with Special Needs.Flexibility in assessment methods should be implemented.We need to look beyond a mere test score to determine whether a student is considered success or failure.
Bridging the Achievement Gap is a challenge that we all, collectively, must find ways to resolve.We should continue to maintain and expand Class Size Reduction, and provide the necessary resources to students who are in need.
We must recruit and retain qualified teachers by offering adequate incentives for them, particularly in low-income neighbourhood schools.Continuing education is a must for teachers so that they can teach our children well and be able to compete globally.
We must build and maintain partnerships with parents because the success of our students really is a by-product of the collaboration among the Students, parents, and the schools.
Numerous studies have shown that early childhood education is vital to the development of a student.I am in support of universal pre-school to be available to all children one year prior to kindergarten.In the same vein, community college tuitions should be made affordable to all.