As a former elected School Board Director in one of this state's most economically and ethnically diverse school districts, I understand firsthand the need to make student achievement and graduation for all children a top priority. We must ensure that quality teaching and learning happens in every classroom, in every environment, every day, and for every child. Opportunities grow when high school graduates have the 21st century skills they need and are well prepared for college, careers, and life.
Post secondary and worker re-training needs require our commitment to access and affordability for higher education in universities, community colleges, technical colleges, certification programs, and apprenticeships. Our region's economic vitality and the success of our nation depends on the next generation's readiness to participate in the global economy.