A well-educated workforce is vital to our economic success. And a quality education system is the key to creating this workforce.
I will fight for policies that strengthen our education system focused on closing the achievement gap, raising standards and giving our teachers the support they need and deserve to help ensure that every child gets a chance to reach their full potential.
We must rein in the rising costs of college tuition and increase aid for middle class families to ensure everyone gets a fair chance. The 1st Congressional District is fortunate to be the home of great community and technical colleges and extended campuses of some of our state's best public universities.
Working closely with these institutions, we can bolster the workforce that local manufacturing and agricultural employers in the district need. It is essential that we focus on increasing opportunities for current and future workers to get the skills they need to for the jobs of today and tomorrow.