A strong education system is the foundation for a strong Arizona. Employers rely on an educated workforce, so it is critical that our K-12, community college and university systems are challenging our students to succeed. Parents know their kids best, so it is important that we protect the opportunity for school choice and open enrollment. While I do believe our schools need the appropriate level of funding, any new money must be tied to the necessary reforms and improvements in the education system. We must spend our dollars wisely and create a system based in accountability and transparency. By eliminating redundancy, inefficiency and unfunded mandates, we will provide an education system that produces students who are ready to compete globally in the 21st century.