Education means job skills. That is why I will work to promote high quality K-12 education for our children and putting dollars into classrooms. Education is important to me and my family. I and several generations of my family am the product of Liberty Public Schools. . My wife is a teacher in the district and my two children are currently in 8th and 3rd grade in Liberty. My Grandmother was the first in a long line of our family members that graduated from William Jewell College. Our community is an "education" community, but we can always endeavor to be better each and every day.
One of the best things that I have heard in the way of advice to a parents is that we are not raising children- we are raising fully functioning adults. That is a good description of what education should aspire to do. Education equips people to succeed, whether they are a future business owner, a worker who will work in that business, a community leader, a public servant, an educator or a host of other jobs and positions that add to the quality of life and economy of the state. Most important, our children must learn the values of personal responsibility, goal setting and an enthusiastic pursuit of knowledge. We must work to ensure that a quality education is available to all and expect measurable high standards in our schools.
Working for the people of the 34th District and Missouri, I will support fully funding the Foundation Formula for K-12 education. I will also work to support real accountability measures so that our tax dollars fund quality teachers, education materials and classrooms. I will fight to keep party politics out of the classroom and preserve what counts the most, a strong parent-teacher relationship above all else.