Issue Position: Education
Jay Nixon believes that a quality education is the key to achieving the American Dream. Unfortunately, too many of Missouri's students are falling behind and a college education is moving further out of reach for more Missouri families. We need to strengthen our education system from top to bottom so that every child, no matter where in Missouri that child lives or what that child's parents do for a living, has an opportunity to succeed.
Jay is a living testament to the potential of our public school system, attending the Jefferson County schools as a kid and going on receive his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri. As Attorney General, Jay has seen first-hand the problems facing Missouri public schools. He knows that many of our school buildings are in poor shape, we need more technology in the classroom, our teachers are vastly underpaid, and too many of our children are dropping out of high school. Simply put, there are children in Missouri who do not have adequate and equal access to a quality education. That must change. As Governor, Jay will make it a priority to re-invest in our public school system.
Jay is a strong believer that a college education is critical to competing in a 21st century economy. But with tuition at our schools consistently rising, a college education is moving further out of reach for more Missourians each year. Under Governor Matt Blunt, working families now pay 46% of their income to send a child to college. We are clearly moving in the wrong direction.
Unfortunately, instead of putting forward a plan to make college more affordable for Missouri families, Matt Blunt stripped away millions of dollars from MOHELA, the agency that provides low-interest student loans to middle class families. Jay strongly opposed Blunt's plan and encouraged the Governor to veto the bill. Across our nation, Republican and Democratic Governors alike are working to make college more affordable for working families. Unfortunately, that's not the case here in Missouri. Jay Nixon is committed to making college a reality for more Missouri families.
As Governor, Jay will put the children of Missouri first - and work to move Missouri's education system in the right direction again.