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Issue Position: Education

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Improving education is a critical issue for Delaware and our nation. Every student should have the opportunity to receive a quality public education that offers support and training for the jobs of tomorrow. A member of the Board of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware and the Education Voters of Delaware, Chris Coons believes that we must come together -- students, teachers, parents and the community-- to prepare our children for the challenges ahead.

Chris supports efforts to improve early childhood education by strengthening Head Start, Early Head Start and high-quality pre-K programs. He will work to fix the failures of No Child Left Behind while still upholding the goal of providing a quality education to every child.

Through his work with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation in Wilmington and nationally, Chris learned that performance in the classroom depends on more than teachers and curriculum. Housing, health care, crime and poverty all have a direct impact on a child's development and their ability to learn. Tackling these broader issues at the federal, state and local levels and approaching education reform as a component of a holistic approach is critical to long-term success for our children.

Chris believes that our institutions of higher education are the economic engines of tomorrow, and that we all benefit when every American is able to attend. That is why he will support and expand programs that provide all Americans the opportunity to attend college.


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