If America is to maintain its preeminence as a world leader, education must be a priority. The level of education of a nation's citizenry impacts all other aspects of national life from economic prosperity to national security. It is imperative that creative changes in the nation's educational system are implemented that make education accessible, affordable and first-rate.
-I will work to restore a first class system of public education and training for our students from pre-kindergarten to college. The corridor of shame lies within the borders of District 7, and I am committed to transforming it into the hallway of honor.
-While chronic underfunding remains a challenge for education, more funding alone is not the answer. I will pursue a systematic and systemic reevaluation of our resource use of, with the goal of developing more creative and affordable delivery systems that make use of new and emerging technologies.
-I will work toward making higher education accessible and affordable. As a community we need to reverse the trend of the alarming numbers of young Americans who are dropping out and underachieving. My experience as an educator informs my view that the failure of any student to graduate is not merely the problem of the student and their family; but, rather our problem.
As I seek to lead in attracting new industries to our district, well-trained workers will be a key element in the formula for success in this effort. This I know for sure: first rate, accessible and affordable public schools, colleges and universities, community colleges and an array of technical training opportunities are necessary for the training of workers and well-trained workers are the keystone to effective competition in the global marketplace.