Education is an investment in the future, and government should treat it that way — whether it’s in the way we pay and support our teachers, how we fund public education, or how we help more students get access to quality, affordable higher education. 

Fighting For Families means valuing education for every teacher and every student, no matter which zip code you live in. The following are some details on how I’d like to see us reach that goal:

  • Make college affordable. Congress needs to treat student loan debt as a threat to the country’s future prosperity. The more than $1.3 trillion currently owed by young Americans is hamstringing an entire generation — depressing entrepreneurship, preventing investments like home ownership, and hurting our economy. Affordable higher education can be achieved by increasing federal aid to states, assisting students with high costs, and holding colleges and universities accountable for skyrocketing tuition costs and fees. I will also fight against any attempts to cut funding for federal Pell grants, which decrease the need for loans.
  • Pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act. This bill, which Congress should also pass immediately, would require school districts to adopt codes of conduct that prohibit bullying and harassment of students.
  • Keep public tax dollars in public schools. The myth that “school choice” will be the tide that lifts all boats is much like the myth that tax cuts for the wealthy will “trickle down” to the middle and lower class. Tax revenue should be invested in our public schools — especially those that are struggling. 
  • Empower teachers and put an end to endless testing. We should take steps to ensure teachers have autonomy in the classroom and aren’t constrained to teaching to arbitrary, high-stakes tests.  
  • Inspire young women in STEM. Women hold fewer than 35 percent of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics jobs in America. Closing this gender disparity should be a goal at every level of government, and I will work to ensure federal tax dollars devoted to STEM education do so equitably among young men and women.
  • Put us on a path toward universal preschool education. When we talk about education, the conversation often focuses on K through 12. This is something I’d like to change, because we now have hard data telling us how critical education and nutrition in the first few years of life are for human development. I will fight to put us on a path toward universal preschool education for all 3 and 4 year olds.

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