I am a firm believer in the value of a good education. As parents, Lisa and I were active participants in our two son's schooling. I believe Arkansas has taken great strides education field by being one of the first states to adopt the Common Core State Standards. I have personally met with Arkansas Department of Education officials to gain a better understanding of how these standards will affect our local districts. I committed to ensuring that we keep our small rural districts open and thriving.
The future of Arkansas lies in the hands of educating our youth. Education is the KEY to forming responsible, honest and productive citizens. Our youth are challenged more today than ever before in the classrooms and in the job market. As parents, community members and citizens of this great state we owe it to our children to provide them with the best education possible so they can compete in the various fields that await them. How can we meet this goal? It will take all of us working together.
I feel like our teachers do a dynamic job of preparing our youth for their future. I encourage you to take an active role in your child's education. Be a partner with the educator and school district. The educators in Arkansas are highly trained and qualified in their chosen fields. The demands on these teachers increase each year. They actually have to achieve more professional development than most other professions, yet make far less money. However, they obviously do not do it for the money or prestige. They do it for the love of the students.
Because of these teachers, we have many successful schools in our state. However, some of these schools are in rural districts such as ours. Yes they are small, but in my opinion, size does not determine success. I want to be the voice in Little Rock for these teachers and schools. If they are thriving and meet state standards, keep the doors open and let the educators do the job they love! Our youth deserve the best and I think we have that right here in our district.