I am a father of three children who graduated from public school systems and my wife worked as a school nurse. I understand the important role education plays in our children's futures and in our state's economic development.
Every child should have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a quality education. I do not believe that a one-size-fits-all approach to public education is acceptable; as we have seen the status quo result in great frustration among educators, parents and students. The 112th Congress needs to seize the opportunity to reauthorize and overhaul No Child Left Behind to address the clear failures and bureaucratic funding maze that is currently in place. We should allow states and schools to have the ability to set their own innovative priorities and receive maximum flexibility in advancing those priorities.