As a father of three, I believe that schools must have access to the resources they need to ensure student success. Additionally, I will work with my colleagues to enact legislation that ensures our children are afforded every educational opportunity they deserve by eliminating bureaucratic roadblocks. Since Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country, I assure you that job creation and turning our economy around is my top priority in Congress, and I recognize that long term economic strength is linked to a strong education system.
As you may know, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was originally passed in 1965 and reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act. Decisions regarding a child's education are primarily the role of the parents, not the federal government. That is why education policy decisions should be made closer to home, by state and local officials, along with school administrators, teachers, and parents. States and localities, along with teachers and parents, should determine the best education policies for their children while the key responsibility of the federal government should be to ensure the fair and equal administration of those policies. As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, please be assured that I will be fully engaged in the process of reauthorizing ESEA.
I am a strong supporter of science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) to ensure our students are prepared for tomorrow's global marketplace, and career and technical education (CTE) to ensure workers are better prepared for today's jobs. STEM and CTE are critical for Nevada's future, and these programs will ensure people have the tools they need to be successful today and tomorrow.
Updated July 26, 2011