It goes without saying that our State's educational system needs improvement. We need leaders with both the practical know-how and political will to address our State's educational challenges, which includes an acknowledgement that our current approach to education is not working. We must also have real dialogue about teacher performance, parental involvement, and student responsibility. As a former educator, and as a parent, I know all too well that addressing only one of these factors to the exclusion of the others will never effect positive change for our kids.
But our State's educational system does not stop in the 12th grade; it includes several public colleges and universities that are essential for our future. These institutions also educate, train, and re-train our workforce, a workforce upon which businesses rely. I believe that if we are going to put "education first," we must view our educational system and our economy as inextricably intertwined.
When elected, I will take my previous teaching experience and personal commitment to Carson City and work to improve our State's educational system. Our children and our families deserve it.