The only way to improve our future is through education. We should have debt-free tuition for public Community Colleges, Universities and Vocational Schools. Students who still need help with books and housing can apply for a student loan. Student loans will not have an interest rate of more than 2%.
Those who now have Student Loans may refinance to the lower interest rate or they may sign up to work two years in a high-need area of their chosen study and their loan will be forgiven.
I will also support funding for quality child care on campus. This will enable working parents with children to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty.
Education budgets in the Pre-K – 12 grades must be expanded. We need to increase our teacher’s pay, advocate for all students with different learning abilities to have the resources to succeed and that classrooms have the supplies they need. No teacher should ever have to reach into their pocket to supply their classroom with basic needs such as paper, crayons or even books to do their job.
We need to strengthen our K-16 to be competitive with other countries, so we can keep our brain trust here. Expand our vocational schools and invest in training programs for workers who will be displaced due to technological advancements, so the transition is seamless.
Another aspect of education that is not discussed nearly enough is early childhood education including Headstart and Early Headstart. When we invest in early childhood, we really change outcomes for children and families (and save tax payers money- lots of return when investing in early childhood education). A child’s brain is 90% full grown by the time they are 5 years old and the most rapid brain growth and development is birth through 3 years old. Birth to five years old is how we really make a huge difference!
Education is freedom. With education we rise out of poverty, become leaders in technology and cure diseases to name a few items.