I have worked as a program administrator and instructor for 15 years, and I have experienced the changes forced upon higher education by the ongoing neglect demonstrated by the Idaho GOP firsthand. College graduates finish school with an average of $25,000 in debt, and many times, without a job in Idaho. Our economy, livelihood, and values depend on our education system. As an educator who trains future teachers, I understand the impacts that statewide educational policy has on our local schools. Stripping wages, removing collective bargaining rights, and doing so in the name of technological advancement neither supports teachers nor does it benefit our communities. Educational opportunities should expand students' experiences, support their innate quest for knowledge, and provide society informed and engaged young adults who care about their communities and are prepared for the workforce.
I will work to fully fund public education at every level; support teachers' rights to collectively bargain for fair wages; ensure that higher education is accessible to all Idaho high school graduates; enhance early childhood learning opportunities; repeal the Luna Laws and restore balance to public education.