The Inland Empire's most precious resource is its children. Every child deserves an equal chance to succeed and our country cannot afford to short-change our students when it comes to their education. I am working hard to improve the quality of education, from preschool through college. In these tough fiscal times our government must do more to help states, districts, schools and communities support students at risk of leaving school before graduation, and we must provide students and their families the necessary resources to make college more accessible and affordable. All over California, schools are trying to do more with less -- invest in high quality assessments, reward outstanding teachers, engage parents in every aspect of their children's education, and maintain and expand access to before and after-school programs. To improve educational opportunities, Congress must strengthen public schools by providing the funds and flexibility states need to carry out these vital education reforms.