My daughter, Haley, is going to high school for the first time next year. She is the light of my life and the reason I first decided to run for the Nevada Assembly. It is why I believe public service is so important--we must work together to ensure that not only my daughter, but all our children have a bright future.
I believe we must continue to protect education in these very difficult economic times and to make it a priority for the future. Our children's future and our economic recovery depend on strong schools.
That is why I voted last year to restore millions of dollars in cuts to education proposed by Governor Gibbons. I believe the most important priorities in education should be to recruit and keep the very best teachers in every classroom, to reduce class size, to empower school personnel to make decisions about what works best in their school and to improve school accountability. I am a strong advocate for career and technical education, as well as strong academic programs.