I will stand up for public education and better schools. Unfortunately our state is going in the wrong direction. Lack of proper support for our schools immediately hurts our kids but it also hurts our ability to build a state ready to create new industry. We know that strong schools in a strong community can create jobs. Your state government should be accountable to understand that issues like public education and jobs are related. It takes a collective effort and ongoing communication between teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers to ensure that the futures of Missouri's children are as bright as they can possibly be.