Too often we judge success in education based on what we put into the system instead of what we get out of it. That means we focus too much on how much to spend in stead of how to spend it. We need more education dollars to go directly into our classrooms, with a focus on more for teachers and less for administration. Currently Kearney , Missouri, is ranked one of the top schools in the state, yet Kearney R-1 achieves this success with less money than its peers in the surrounding area. Dollars are not all of the answer; they are part of it. Parental involvement, student engagement, and teacher competence make up the majority of the success formula. Insuring all three ingredients for success are there will create a good opportunity for our students to excel.
I will work to reduce paperwork for educators and provide liability protection so educators spend less time worrying about being sued. I will also support greater investment in technology.