Education to Realize the American Dream
We need robust public education throughout the country from early childhood through college. I will support laws and incentives to states that improve early childhood education, STEM curricula in middle schools, programs to enhance high school retention and graduation rates, and support for community colleges and state universities. Public college or technical education should be an option for all without the need for taking on student debt. Democracy requires an educated populace which can only be achieved through a strong public education system. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has rescinded guidance documents that outline rights for students with disabilities, has rolled back for-profit college fraud protections, and has attempted to divert money away from public education through vouchers. We must move towards strengthening our public schools, incentivizing good teachers, and emphasizing student creativity, intellectual integrity, and critical thinking skills. Children, regardless of their family’s income, need access to good public schools and innovative teachers to realize the American Dream. As a global leader, our nation must have a strong system of public education.