In 2009, when Delaware faced a grave financial crisis, some legislators wanted to cut the budget and specific programs that would have a widespread negative impact on our communities and our future. I am proud to say that through my work on the Joint Finance Committee, we did NOT cut the education budget at all.
But while "Vision 2015" and "Race to the Top" are good signs for the future of Delaware's public education system, we also need to allow each district more financial flexibility while requiring more accountability and transparency.
I have worked across party lines and with Governor Jack Markell to protect Delaware's public schools and provide college opportunities for our young adults. I have fought hard for the priorities we value: allowing Delaware to keep class sizes from growing, avoiding layoffs of hundreds of teachers, and protecting student financial aid, such as the SEED scholarship program.
I have fought hard to protect our children. I sponsored a second provision to Jessica's Law, strengthening the sentencing of child molesters and sex offenders and last session I sponsored a bill against school bullying that was signed into law by the Governor on July 27, 2012.