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Issue Position: Education

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Helping Alaska Students Succeed

Senator Begich believes our schools must provide Alaska's children the education necessary to become leaders and highly skilled workers ready to compete in the Alaska and global economy. To help achieve this important goal, he is focusing on fixing No Child Left Behind and preparing students for success with strong early childhood and career-ready programs.

Education Reform that Works for Alaska

Much of the current law, known as No Child Left Behind, is a poor fit for Alaska. In too many cases it has tied teachers' and administrators' hands and punished schools when they needed help the most. While Senator Begich will always support accountability and high expectations for each student, we need reform that restores local control and fosters innovation to prepare students for success in all Alaska schools.

Strong Early Childhood Programs

Research confirms what common sense has told us for generations; there are enormous benefits to students and society when students arrive in kindergarten ready to learn. As a parent the senator understands how difficult it can be to raise a child. Senator Begich is encouraged to see communities in Alaska coming together to meet the needs of the youngest in our families. He realizes more needs to be done and has introduced several bills to improve early education programs.

Quality Career Ready Programs

A solid education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential preparation for all students in order to help them succeed and to keep our nation competitive in the global economy. Senator Begich introduced STEM and related legislation to help meet Alaska's need for more STEM graduates.

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