"If we are to continue to compete in the global marketplace, our education system needs to provide every student with equal opportunities for advancement and learning.” - Lorie Burch
There is no greater investment we can make than in the success of our children. We have a responsibility to ensure the best and brightest future for them, and for our country. This begins with providing a quality education - one that equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to not only provide for themselves and their families but to keep America competitive in an ever-evolving global economy.
For too long, American students have been at the back of the pack compared to other advanced nations. We can begin to address this by ensuring that every child has equal access to excellent and well-rounded early, primary, and secondary-level public education - no matter their needs, gender, race, or economic status. I will oppose any federal program that works to redirect taxpayer dollars to support a private voucher system, and do what I can to make sure that our public schools, teachers, and programs have the resources they need to make sure our kids meet world-class standards in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.
Early education is a particularly important area where our public system has opportunities for growth. A student who can't read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child that keeps pace. The earlier a child receives support for a suspected learning delay, the better their educational outcomes will be. Additionally, from a budgetary standpoint, providing greater resources for younger children and their families often means less money spent on interventions in the long term.
Higher education should not be accessible only to those who can afford it. The cost of higher education has risen steadily in recent years and average student loan debt along with it. I will work towards enacting fair practices for federal student loans and accreditation and collaborate with state governments to fully realize the benefits of producing a highly educated workforce in Texas and across our nation. This includes supporting access to technical and vocational schools that provide a range of practical pathways to success. I will work tirelessly to make these goals a reality and help provide all our children with the opportunities they deserve.