Education is the backbone of every community in our state. As a teacher and coach, I have seen the effect one can have on a kid who has lost his way -- or the effect a little inspiration can have on an under achiever. We have got to keep our schools funded and solvent, and ensure that we pay our teachers a competitive salary. Without a good education system, we will never attract the smart jobs like all these other places around the state. Education is now global, and I believe that a student from Hartford is as smart as a student in Mountain Brook, and a student in Geneva is as smart as a student in Beijing. I will do everything I can to support our principles, our teachers, and our coaches, because we trust them with our most precious commodity.