I have dedicated most of my career to improving our schools, colleges and universities because I believe in fighting for a brighter future for California kids. I first became involved with education as a PTA leader when my children were young, continued as an elected School Board Member for 12 years, and have been the Assembly Education Chair for the last four years. As Education Chair, I have championed legislation to improve curriculum frameworks, establish Common Core standards for math and language arts, to encourage bilingual education, music and the arts and to provide more professional development for California's teachers. To ensure all kids have the opportunity for a quality education, I have had many bills signed into law that helped school districts buy new textbooks, eliminated school enrollment delays for foster care youth, and that cut school administration costs so that education funding goes directly to the classroom. I have spent my career working closely with the California State PTA, teachers and school principals to demand that the Governor and Legislature create a state plan for excellence in education. I also believe we must expand access to college education and careers so that we have the skilled workforce we need to grow our economy.