Having grown up in Michigan's public school system, I've seen firsthand the challenges our teachers face when education budgets are cut and children are deprived of resources. While there is still much work to be done in terms of providing educational reforms, short-changing students is not the answer to solving Michigan's budget crisis. A sustainable Michigan economy is dependent on educated young adults who are equipped with the tools to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Furthermore, I believe strongly in preschool education for all Michigan children, regardless of their family's economic background. Children who attend preschool are much more likely to thrive in life, and we cannot afford to lose children at an early age when Michigan's future is at stake.
As a graduate of two of our nation's finest public universities, I am unwavering in my belief that access to affordable, high-quality education is essential for developing the future innovators, entrepreneurs, workers, and business leaders that Michigan will require if we are to once again be a national leader in economic growth. Equipping Michigan's community colleges and universities with the tools necessary to graduate the next generation of Michigan's workforce will be paramount towards providing the foundation that employers will seek out in the future.