We must ensure our students are prepared to effectively compete in the 21st century by making our education system the best it can be. I am collaborating with teachers, parents and our community to do just that. I often discuss the issues facing Colorado's schools with my sister who is a dedicated public school teacher. When she began teaching, I was surprised when every year she had to purchase basic supplies for her students out of her own pocket. In order to have a world class system, we must provide adequate funding and staffing. I am working to ensure our schools are well funded and able to provide a quality education for all of Colorado's children.