For more than fifteen years I was a teacher, coach and principal at Santa Rosa High School. I believe we must invest even further in both K-12 and higher education. The historic Public Education Reform program in 2003 was a good first step raising teacher pay, developing a multi-tier teacher classification, toughening student standards, and increasing school accountability. The key here is to let teachers actually teach, rather than simply teaching to pass a standardized test. Less investment here risks making our area and children less competitive both in New Mexico and our region. I refuse to let that happen.