As your representative in Congress, I'll work to ensure that every person has access to a world-class education. Whether in rural America or in a city, our children must have opportunities to learn the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
The United States is 2nd in the world in per-student spending and 38th in academic outcomes. This means that dozens of other countries have found a way to elevate their education above ours with less expense. I'm not suggesting that we reduce our budget - but we must use it in a more informed way.
No child is average. If we teach according to an average, every student is left behind. Each student is an individual with strengths and shortfalls; teachers know how to identify these things. We must do everything in our ability to empower educators to accommodate each unique child.
I support a mandate ensuring that most classes do not exceed 20 students (right now it's 35).
Teachers are public servants who work tirelessly to sharpen the minds of our children. We must show respect for this great work with a fair salary. One in six teachers are working multiple jobs to provide for their family, while also spending their hard-earned pay on school supplies. No teacher should ever have to empty their own pockets for their students to have an adequate learning experience.
Every person employed at a school plays a vital role in the success of our children. When our school systems fail to fill positions, children get less individual attention. I support a mandate for schools to maintain a full staff.
Science and math are vital parts of any primary school curriculum, but critical thinkers also require an understanding of arts, trades, and civics.