Creating an educated citizenry is vital to our state's future and an educated workforce is the fuel of job growth. Survey after survey shows that employers consider the workforce of a state in determining where they will re-locate within its boundaries. Not only that but unemployment rates decline significantly when the amount of education increases no matter the age group.
K-12: Missouri has fallen behind the nation in achievement. According to a 2011 survey, the state ranks 47th in the nation on improving low income students proficiency on 4th and 8th grade reading and math exams. This is unacceptable. Our state needs to review and update teaching standards, improve curriculum, and provide a wider variety of opportunities for students to promote the most basic elements of education.
Higher Education: Elijah attended three of the colleges and universities and recognizes that Missouri is fortunate to have such a strong higher education system and the university system in Missouri is one of the state's greatest strengths. Unfortunately, there is currently no system to ensure equality in funding for Missouri colleges leaving some colleges behind through no fault of their own. Each college in the state provides its own unique programs geared towards creating the most educated workforce possible and a fair and equitable system must be developed to guarantee that colleges in the state maintain equal access to state support.