Kansas is in a unique position given the most recent encroachment on teachers' due process and tenure rights.
These rights are integral to creating a stable and secure work environment that is able to attract new teachers. Aside from protections at the state level, Kansas needs a strong advocate in Washington to ensure similar philosophies don't take root at the federal level.
Given the strong higher education infrastructure already in place in Kansas for training new teachers, it would be foolish of us not to capitalize on keeping that young workforce in Kansas. We need to create long-term security for teachers, but we also need to make it viable for those graduating to live and work in the state. This is why I support the expansion of programs like federal loan forgiveness so teachers are rewarded for teaching in Kansas, especially in rural communities.
It goes without saying that education in the United States is the ladder out of poverty -- it's the leveling of the playing field. There exists no greater equalizer of opportunity than fair and open access to quality, public education. The federal government has a commitment to ensuring that schools remain education centers and do not become profit centers. School vouchers, for instance, represent a movement toward that very goal. I intend to provide a bulwark against efforts to transition federal education policy to nothing more than a subsidy of private education. I am myself a product of public schools and I wouldn't have achieved half of my success without the contributions of great and dedicated teachers, so I will ensure educational equity for all students regardless of background by remaining a strong advocate of the very system that provides that opportunity. The future of Kansas public schools is safe in my hands.