Better Schools: Accountable to the Needs of Parents and Students
Our economic future depends on a well-educated work force. I will continue to work to cut the dropout rate and improve basic math, reading and writing skills in the early grades. Parents need a stronger role in deciding which schools best fit their children's educational needs. I will work for our children's right to attend quality schools closer to home.
Wake County Board of Education: Parents deserve a real voice in the education of their children, that's why I have sponsored HB 432 to allow Wake County voters to elect all nine members of the Board in the same manner as our County Commissioners. Both Senate and House sponsors have indicated we will consider a compromise proposal to have both district and at large members, as long as voters have the opportunity to elect a majority of the Board.
School Construction: I introduced legislation to use the proceeds from the State Lottery to fund a statewide school bond that would provide $4 billion to build schools across North Carolina. Under my plan, counties would have the resources they need to build schools without having to raise local property taxes.