Providing a Great Public Education  

A child’s zip code should never dictate the quality of education they receive. A good education is the first step in helping our kids achieve the American Dream. I am prepared to fight against any and all attempts to privatize our public education system for corporate gain. I also support robust investments in America’s public schools, including the digital infrastructure that students need to compete in the 21st Century.

We must make sure our teachers have the resources they need to give our children a world-class education. We must also ensure public schools are fully funded, we invest in early childhood education programs and students are prepared for a 21st Century economy. Not every young person will go to a four-year college. We need to invest in both community colleges and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in our middle schools and our high schools to prepare students for high-paying, high-skilled careers in advanced manufacturing and the trades. We should focus on boosting certification and apprenticeship programs that have the same value in the job market as a college degree.

Leaders must also do more to lessen the student loan debt that our college graduates face. A college degree should not mean a lifetime of debt. I support legislation to allow individuals to discharge student loans in bankruptcy, as well as legislation to bring down the price of college in the first place, strengthening student aid programs such as Pell Grants to make them more flexible.