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Issue Position: Education and Wind Power

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I am committed to improving education and I am qualified to address the issues. Both in the Peace Corps, and in this community, I have spent years working to reform education. I know that a quality education is the biggest determinant of our children's future success--as well as our state's.
We can't afford to play politics with our children's education. While there are many success stories in our public schools, according to most measures, Rhode Island's schools have failed at providing adequate resources for our students to succeed. The recession isn't completely at fault for reductions in RI's education funding. In fact, our current state rep. has simply refused to give education the priority that it requires. Education funding relies on the State budget and local property taxes.
The current state representative does not realize that education funding is a unique investment in our state's economic health. Treating education investment like other government spending just doesn't make sense -- as a community we reap far more than we sow when we invest in education. And when we refuse to invest, the consequences are amplified.
As your State Representative I will always advocate for investing in the education of all of our community's children.
First, we have to focus on early childhood education. From 2009 to 2011, our state's current leadership cut about 20% of the funding for early care and learning from the Town of North Providence . But investment in early learning does more than any other investment to close achievement gaps, and help ensure that all children get the education they deserve. Because early learning benefits both students who are likely to succeed and those who may otherwise fall behind, studies have shown that investment in early childhood education produces returns to the government of 10 dollars for every dollar spent. This investment provides hope and education for all children, improves the quality of life for everyone, and helps attract new jobs and businesses looking for a long-term home.
Second, we must value and support our teachers. Virtually every study shows that nothing is more important to good educational outcomes than good teachers. This community knows firsthand that great teachers are needed to cultivate success in future generations. Educators who work hard in the classroom should be encouraged and supported by our legislature, and our teachers should be given all of the support and resources that they need to learn best practices, to improve and to become the best teachers that they can be. And we must do all that we can to train and recruit high-quality teachers and incentivize them to work in tough environments.
Lastly, we have to spend funds where they do the most good -- in the classroom. Although funding alone won't fix RI's education system, the lack of adequate resources hinders administrators and teachers from managing class sizes, offering high quality early childhood education, ensuring proper facilities and employing advanced instructional techniques. Without these priorities, the school funding system does not provide for our children in the way that it should.

* Wind power must be a part of any long-term energy strategy for RI! I support the windmill project off of Block Island this project will put 2000 to 3000 Rhode Islanders to work for 2 to 3 years! Massachusetts just started it Windmill project off of Cape Cod and Hired 3000 workers 500 of which are Rhode Islanders.

Rhode Islanders have been hit particularly hard by the foreclosure crisis. We have had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country since the market crashed in 2008. It will be my Mission to pass legislation to protect Rhode Islanders from these predatory lenders that created the housing crisis!


I ran for State Representative two years ago, and it wasn't easy challenging an incumbent who had been in office since the 1990s. Thanks to the support of many of you, I came close … so close that the incumbent decided not to run again.
I'm working even harder this time. I know you deserve strong representation at the State House, and that's what I intend to give you on your behalf. You will never find anyone who will work harder for North Providence than me. You will never find anyone who will fight for your interests harder than me.

I know these are difficult times in North Providence and especially in our state. That's why I am focusing on the economy and jobs. We've got to get things moving. We need new ideas and fresh voices like mine at the State House. The time for insider deals like the one that brought you 38 Studios is over!

We need to get people back to work and gave them the opportunity to earn a better living. The lives of your children and grandchildren should be better and more successful than ourselves -- that's the American way! You shouldn't have to be worrying about whether or not your children or grandchildren can find jobs or stay in Rhode Island because of a lack of employment. This is why I support opening the ports of Providence and Newport! By bringing in one more cargo ship per day we can bring thousands of jobs to the state of Rhode Island good paying jobs that will keep our children and grandchildren here in Rhode Island!

Also I support the windmill project off of Block Island this project will put 2000 to 3000 Rhode Islanders to work for 2 to 3 years! Massachusetts just started it Windmill project off of Cape Cod and hired 3000 workers 500 of which are Rhode Islanders.
We also need to change our tax policy away from taxing the middle class and small businesses to taxing the people who deserve to be taxed! For example, is RI the only state in New England that does not tax YACHTS and luxury sailboats! But we tax middle-class families and senior citizens for driving a car! We can get rid of the car tax by taxing Yachts and luxury sailboats and give that tax back to the communities in order to eliminate the increase in car tax which hurts every middle class and senior citizen household in North Providence!


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