The recent McCleary decision by the Supreme Court made it clear that we are not meeting our Constitutional obligation to fully fund education. The spouse of a teacher, I hear about the challenges every day and share the concerns that I have heard throughout our community over the years.
I am passionate about making state budgets live up to our paramount duty to provide a good education for children. It is the key to our success as a state -- and as a country. We need to continue our tradition of leading the world through innovation and need to provide great trade and technical schools so that students are prepared to enter our workforce.
Our class sizes are too large, post secondary options are getting too expensive and we aren't getting teachers the resources they need to be successful. This is unacceptable and must change.
I have fought to uphold the voter-approved initiatives to lower class sizes and increase teacher pay.
I support proposals to fund early learning and all day kindergarten to make sure our children get an early boost in this vital period of development and that has been proven to save money long term within our educational system.
I worked to expand college opportunities at Pierce College at Puyallup helping to secure funding for the college's new Arts and Allied Health building and expanded college and career-training opportunities at UW Tacoma.
Together we can make sure education is priority one.