Investing in our children is the state expenditure most certain to increase future revenue. Yet it can’t be just extra funding without reform; that would be more of the same. Half of our budget goes to education, yet it doesn’t get nearly half the legislature’s focus towards understanding and implementing globally proven school policies.
Secure funds for investments in our children by:
-passing bold pension reforms
-postponing less urgent new services like high speed rail
-cutting funding to prison and adult welfare
Those investments begin with:
-redesigning state testing to reflect our 21st century economy that emphasizes innovation and critical thinking over recitation of facts.
-ensuring teachers receive the best training at the beginning and throughout their career to maintain their state teaching credential.
-diagnosing and funding learning supports before kindergarten, when it is both most cost effective and successful.
I’m a schoolteacher,
why am I running?
When I worked in New York City, I taught at Seward Park High School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The school was a gateway for immigrants in the early 20th century. Prominent graduates included Nobel laureate biochemist Julius Axelrod. Axelrod was the son of poor immigrants from Poland, and Seward Park High School set him on a path towards realizing his full talents. Many of us have similar experiences with our own schooling.
No goal is more important than ensuring that schools in every community are still places of limitless opportunity for hard working students. Every other public problem will persist until we stop the neglect of our children.
Please ask every candidate how they will fight and vote to make children our priority.