If America is to continue to be the leader in the global economy, Rodney knows we must update our educational standards and improve student performance. He has pushed for greater coordination among federal, state and local education officials to ensure quality standards are met in every New Jersey school in order to give our children a competitive edge for the future. He continues to fight for New Jersey's educational needs, including full funding for special education, Head Start and Title I programs. Rodney supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education so young people can compete and succeed. He regularly visits students in their classrooms. He also works with officials from the NASA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation to speak to students at area schools on the importance of science and mathematics and careers in those fields.
Rodney secured passage of the "DC School Choice Program," the first and only federal law to give parents of children trapped in the failing Washington, D.C., school system more choices in their children's primary and secondary school education.