Maintaining our status as a "shining city upon a hill" is dependent on our commitment to our children and their education. We need to raise standards and encourage choice and competition in our school systems. In Congress, Steve Pearce successfully worked to strengthen teacher training programs and increase student loan forgiveness for many highly qualified teachers. He fought repeatedly to help schools in rural areas and those near military bases. When he returns to Congress, he will continue to pursue an agenda of excellence and opportunity for our education system.