Issue Position: Education
Education is critical to America's status as a superpower and to each American's quality of life. To ensure our next generation can successfully meet tomorrow's global challenges, John Kennedy believes our education system must put students and teachers before bureaucrats and must promote accountability, flexibility, performance and innovation.
As a volunteer substitute teacher himself, he believes more policymakers should have first-hand knowledge of what is really happening in our education system. As State Treasurer, he proposed a "Teach To Serve Program" requiring all elected officials to be a substitute teacher three times per year in Louisiana's public schools.
Education In The New Global Economy
Unfortunately, our schools are lagging behind other developed countries in math and science. To successfully compete in our global society, we must promote innovation in math and science curriculums.
Succeeding in the new global economy also requires expanded workforce training opportunities, allowing for adults to better compete in new and emerging markets.
John believes in school choice. If we are to improve America's educational system, we must expand choice in our public schools by increasing the number of charter, magnet, and alternative schools. Kids shouldn't be trapped in low-performing schools--instead, parents should be allowed to enroll their children in schools that will give them an opportunity to succeed in the new economy.
John supports the federal government's role in improving failing schools, but wholesale changes must be decided at the local level.
No Child Left Behind
John will strengthen and enhance No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Accountability is a must, but not every school district is the same. John will fight to give states that meet or exceed testing goals greater flexibility to measure student progress.
John also believes we must close the educational achievement gap in America to provide every student the opportunity to compete and succeed in the future.