If Michigan is to thrive in the 21st century we must build a world-class public education system from pre-K to college and beyond. States that produce the highest percentage of college graduates will succeed in the new economy; we must make sure that we invest now so that every child in Michigan has access to an excellent education. That means fully funding public education and taking the steps necessary to bring class sizes down to levels that optimize classroom learning. We must also reverse policies that subsidize urban sprawl and drain population and investment away from fully developed cities and school districts.
As your state representative I will:
Fight to ensure that public education gets the priority funding it deserves
Push for innovative approaches to rewarding teacher excellence that encourage team teaching and other collaborative approaches that have been shown to maximize student achievement
Insist that Michigan's curriculum requirements meet not just national benchmarks but also those of nations that score highest on international tests in math, science and reading
Work to enable parents to compare their district's curriculum standards with national and international benchmarks
Build stronger ties between schools, employers and unions to enhance programs and resources, particularly around entrepreneurship, apprenticeships and work-study experiences
Champion comprehensive policies to address the social and economic challenges that prevent too many children from entering school ready to learn.