As a mother of two grown daughters, I am committed to making our state's public education system one of the best in the United States. It is the State's paramount duty to educate our children. Their future and our economic future depend upon investing in our public schools. I support reducing class sizes, investing in state-of-the art vocational programs, early assessments for whether our elementary students have basic reading, writing and math skills, and improving the access our children have to higher education.
In 2009 the Legislature passed HB 2261 that establishes a pathway for improving our K-12 education system. In 2010 we clarified that early learning for our children, before they reach kindergarten, is a part of basic education in this state.
We now have tasks force looking at funding for education and that is critical for our schools.