As an educator for over 35 years, I know the value of education, especially in rural areas. Education is the great equalizer in America. It is only through education that we can keep our economy strong and our form of government secure. Kansas education ranks in the top 10 nationally, traditionally in the top 3 on every major standardized assessment. I understand that many of our school districts are small by necessity, rather than design. I will work to keep quality education a priority in Kansas. It's time for experienced, responsible education leadership in Congress.