We need to reform our education system so every student can reach his or her full potential. I recognize that local districts need the flexibility to provide an appropriate education for our students and communities. At the same time I understand the importance of being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. I believe we need to craft laws that free local districts to set high standards, seek innovative solutions, and be accountable for results.
These are the core values I keep in mind as I work for effective solutions for education in our schools:
- When it comes to funding for our schools, I believe the top priority should be sending money to the classrooms for the benefit of our students, not to a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy.
- Local districts need the flexibility to provide an appropriate education for our students.
- Focused attention to literacy and numeracy so every child will finish 3rd grade at grade level or above.
All parents should have access to the type and format of education that best meets their children’s needs. Individual students have different needs that merit a variety of choices and that the state has an obligation to accomplish the objective of a quality, individualized education for all children.