The foundation of our society lies in the education of our future generations. Our children deserve access to quality education at an early age. Currently, our educational system sets students up for failure rather than success. Overcrowded schools, expensive childcare and a lack of affordable higher education are leaving American families without a quality education.
I am fortunate enough to have the support of my parents to help with childcare for my young daughter. However, this isn’t the case for many parents in the 5th district and across the country. Working families should have access to free pre-K as well as affordable childcare and paid parental leave. Education starts at birth at home. I will work to make that happen.
Across Pennsylvania, there are too many discrepancies in the level and quality of education that our children receive. A zip code, race or nationality should not determine a child’s opportunities in life. We shouldn’t have to settle for under-performing schools. We need to give public schools the resources necessary to succeed without overburdening teachers with regulations that keep them from teaching the students the way they know best. Schools need to be held accountable for their progress, but our for-profit over-testing system is broken and does more to induce child anxiety than to improve the education of our children. Communities and teachers need to be given back control over their classrooms in order to do the jobs they’ve trained to do with the kids only they know.
We do need a varied approach. Public Charter schools provide an excellent opportunity to incubate new ideas and curricula, but they are only beneficial when our primary public schools are then equipped to implement the techniques and practices learned in the Charters. We need to make the funding equitable so that Charter’s are not siphoning funding from local public schools. Charters are only viable alternatives when the main school provides a good education. Children’s potential should never be decided by a lottery and public school funds should never be routed into private Charter schools.
I will also work to ensure that future generations view education as a lifelong pursuit with priorities placed on the immense equalizing value a strong early education provides. We should also ensure that higher education be affordable for all, and educational policy should not end at the age of 21. We need to expand our education system to include re-education for hard working Americans whose job sectors are being threatened by changing trends or technology. I want to work in congress to help integrate these people into the new economy so that they never have to leave the workforce.
Make a difference in the lives of our children by helping me bring to the 5th district:
Paid Parental Leave
Access to Early Education Programs (Pre-K)
Quality, Equitable Education for Students of all Levels and Backgrounds
More Resources for Public Schools
Re-education Options for Diminishing Job Sectors
Affordable and Convenient Higher Education Options
Science - a system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws
I invite you to join me in the effort to reconcile the needs of the PA 5th with pragmatic scientific solutions. We should not have to accept an aversion to fact-based research and informed decision making in our national policies. We shouldn’t leave the fate of our planet to people who reject scientific fact!