I firmly believe that the key to long term success as a nation is building a world class public education system.
My top priority is to create jobs and a 21st century economy for our state and nation. To do this, we need to train our students for the science and technology jobs of the future. I support high standards for all of our students, with an emphasis on math, science, and technology, to prepare the next generation of workers to compete in a global economy.
World-class schools require us to have quality teachers in the classroom. We need to do everything we can to attract and prepare the best teachers and give them the tools they need to be successful in raising the achievement levels of all students.
As we move to a 21st century economy based in science and technology, many of the jobs coming back to our state require more than a high school degree. Families need to know that colleges, universities, and community colleges are affordable options, and that's why federal Pell grants and student loans are so important to help families afford the rising cost of college tuition.