The economic viability of our state depends on our ability to provide a quality education for all our children, one that will prepare them to be successful and productive citizens in an ever changing, high tech environment. While I am a product and a supporter of public education, I think we have plenty of room for improvement.
As chairmen of the state board of education I saw firsthand the tremendous amount of state resources we provide for the education of our children. And yet we've all heard stories about teachers having to take their personal money to buy supplies for their classrooms. I want to ensure we have accountability and efficiency from the state department to the classroom and that every possible dollar goes toward the teaching of students. We have to eliminate bureaucracy, redundancy, outdated procedures and programs. Our state has limited resources therefore we must maximize the effect of every dollar. We can't afford waste.