The future of our state is dependent on a quality education system -- both K-12 and Higher Ed. Last year, the state's K-12 accountability system was strengthened and schools were given more flexibility with "red tape" restrictions. These are positive steps, but we must continue the fight to streamline the administrative side of education so that more tax dollars make it to the classroom. Also, the parochial attitudes and turf wars in Higher Ed that have held us back must come to an end. We need the Board of Regents to step up and provide the necessary leadership to streamline Higher Ed from within, so that our state will have a smaller, more efficient Higher Ed system that meets the needs of our students and communities.