Kelli served her first two years in the Legislature on the House Education Committee, the No Child Left Behind Subcommittee and served on the Higher Education Subcommittee during the interim process. She believes we need to eliminate the bureaucracy that hinders education, and restore decision making authority to parents, educators and locally elected school boards. With her colleagues, Kelli worked for the passage of several key bills such as reducing the unnecessary paperwork for teachers so that our teachers can spend more time in the classroom doing what they do best! Teaching! Kelli voted to protect our school bus replacement and school building construction funds and voted for safer schools legislation. She participated in roundtable discussions with college presidents throughout the state to find ways to help make higher education more cost-efficient - Kelli opposes cuts to public and higher education funding and supports efforts that address recruitment, retention and annual experience increments for faculty.