I am a product of public education and I am proud of the education I received.  My father and uncles taught in the public school system.  I am committed to strengthening public education so all children can get a quality education and be prepared to become productive citizens.

Public schools are the educational foundation of communities across the 2nd District.  Ensuring a basic, solid education for all students must remain our goal.  States depend significantly on federal support to provide educational resources.  Dollars at the federal and state level should not be diminished, diluted or diverted for other purposes – they should make it to the classrooms of our public schools.

Vocational and technical education provide transition opportunities from high school to the labor force.  I am very supportive of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which seeks to “strengthen the connections between secondary and post-secondary education and improve state and local accountability,” and would vote for reauthorization and full funding of the legislation.

We cannot create a two-tiered class system in our schools such that wealth and access determine a better education. We leave too much human capital on the table.  Our children deserve the best education we can give them so that they can be successful in life. Let’s protect funding for our public schools, increase support for vocational and technical education, and lower the costs of student loans.

Let’s protect funding for our public schools, increase support for vocational and technical education, and lower the costs of student loans.