For our state to ensure its long-term prosperity, we must provide world-class schools. Our children deserve every opportunity to succeed and reach their potential, regardless of where they live. Throwing more money at a problem in a system that is not working will not fix our education challenges. I am committed to strengthening our education system so that our kids get the quality education they truly deserve and need to succeed in life.
In Sacramento, I will work to ensure every student receives a high quality education, including:
Advocating for non-profit charter schools in regions where they provide a way to “tailor” education to the needs of a community’s students. Charter schools must adhere to the same high standards as required in all our public schools.
Standing up for effective measures of learning and academic performance to create high, and realistic, expectations and accountability for educating our children. Instead of measures hyper-focused on test scores, our system should aim to truly measure a student’s capability to learn.
Work to require high educational standards that help provide young people the skills they need to succeed in a competitive global economy.
Stop unfair and unproductive attacks on teachers. We need to do more to acknowledge teachers who excel in their profession.
Support legislation like AB 1048 that would remove or reduce the cap on public school districts’ reserves, ensuring schools have the opportunity to plan and save a rainy day fund with their reserves.
California’s public colleges and universities once offered a quality, affordable education for all our state’s students. Unfortunately, college tuition is now on the rise and our students are graduating with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. The promise of a quality, affordable college education is becoming less and less attainable. Lowering the cost of a four-year public education will be a top priority for me in Sacramento.
Access to quality, affordable vocational training: I support increased state funding for students seeking vocational education, including increased vocational training and more invested in the Regional Occupation Program (ROP) for those who do not choose to attend college.
Resident Access to Higher Education: Bright students, who have excelled academically and in our communities aren’t getting into our Universities. Instead, California’s public institutions are accepting a greater number of out-of-state and foreign students who are required to pay more for out-of-state tuition. This is unacceptable and I will work to ensure our resident families and taxpayers receive greater access to our state university systems.