In other parts of our state the public education system has been less effective. I believe we must find innovative solutions in these areas. We must explore reasonable school choice and open enrollment options that give parents some control over the education their children receive.
There is no bigger government responsibility than the education of our children. Our community, our families, and our future depend on our children receiving the educational foundation they need to compete in the job market and be productive citizens. We are fortunate in Southeast Missouri to have educators dedicated and committed to serving our children. We must give them the support and resources they need to fulfill their mission. We must continue to work to improve the education funding formula to ensure that our rural schools receive their fair share of state resources. I will work to reduce needless state regulation and ensure that our tax dollars get to our teachers and our classrooms.