I have been an educator for 21 years. I understand the importance of education on our children. I understand the important role of our parents have in the development of our children. Education is a cooperative effort between our government, our school districts and our citizens.
The quality of education largely depends on the strength of our local school districts and level of performance that our parents, administrators, teachers and students achieve. We must set and maintain the highest standards of education for our schools that allow students to explore a variety of careers and skill sets to allow them to compete in college, technical/vocational/trade schools and work world.
School districts across the state must receive fair and equitable funding. I will work to provide adequate funding for our schools. We have all seen the chilling effect the economy can have on our communities. We can invest in education, or we can invest in social programs and prisons. It isn't just children that require educating, and it isn't just money that needs to be invested in education.