My passion for education goes way back--to the days I volunteered in my children's schools, to serving as Nevada PTA President and the first parent involvement coordinator for the Washoe County School District.
Over the past year and a half, I fought to restore millions of dollars in cuts to education proposed by Governor Gibbons. I am committed to continuing the fight to protect education funding in these very difficult economic times.
I am also committed to meaningful education reform. While we work to protect education funding from devastating cuts now, we must also look at ways we can improve our schools in the short-term and long term. We must reduce classroom overcrowding. We should reward teachers and administrators whose students show academic progress over the year. We must make sure every dollar possible is spent on the classroom--not bureaucratic overhead--and that every dollar spent produces results.
We need stable funding for our schools. I am reintroducing legislation that was vetoed by Governor Gibbons to establish a Rainy Day Fund for Education, an education savings account to prevent severe cuts to our schools in the future.