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Issue Position: Education - Investing in Our Future

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-Restore K-12 education funding to stop the disinvestment in our public school system.
-Use all School-Aid Fund (SAF) dollars for K-12 education and direct the projected surpluses in the SAF to K-12 education.
-Improve student achievement by supporting proven reforms such as smaller class sizes
-Retain and attract talented educators.
-Create high accountability standards for Charter and Cyber Schools -- any of these types of schools that does not outperform its traditional public school counterparts should be closed.
-Recognize the limitations of standardized testing. Testing should be used as an assessment tool, but should not have funding attached to it. "Teaching to the test" wastes classroom time by going back over old material, rather than learning new material.
-Provide greater funding for higher education to ensure that Michigan has the talented and competitive workforce that is needed in today's economy.
-Make higher education accessible to all while reducing the debt burden that college students are graduating with, which will be a significant drag on future economic growth.
-Support early childhood programs that will help ensure that all children are entering school well prepared and aren't starting off behind -- children who get behind often stay behind, which affects their self esteem and their willingness to work hard in school.


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