As a father of two young children (and another on the way!), I am committed to keeping our local schools strong. I helped write an innovative education reform bill making schools and teachers more accountable and helping boost student achievement. By tracking performance and effectiveness, we can make evidence-based decisions and reward academic programs that work.
My bill also creates work groups to make public school financing more efficient. Historically, the arcane funding formulas have rewarded inefficient allocation of resources among small school districts. We must do better with the money we currently spend.
This historic legislation represents the first major education reforms in more than thirty years.
Our state Constitution makes clear that education is the "paramount duty" of our state government. That is why I fought to prevent devastating cuts and teacher layoffs in K-12 education.