Ensuring a World-Class Education for All Children
As the proud mother of three sons who were educated by our public schools, I know firsthand the importance of a high-quality education. I will work to make sure our schools are well-equipped, our students are well-prepared, and our teachers have the resources they need to educate all our children for the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century.
I will also work to cut down on the outrageous student loan debt that is being racked up by hardworking families across our region. If education is truly one of our national priorities, then we need to work together to protect student tuition grant programs and reduce student loan costs.
We can start by:
- Reforming No Child Left Behind to give more support to teachers and make sure accountability doesn’t simply lead to just teaching to the test.
- Expanding Head Start and other early learning programs.
- Reforming student loans to reduce the burden of attending college.
- Protecting and expanding the Pell Grant program.
- Improving vocational and job training opportunities for those who decide not to attend college.
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