Our children are our hope for the future. If we allow our education system to continue to fail them, we will have failed to provide them with the opportunities our parents and grandparents gave us. Common Core started off as a good-faith effort to set standards but has mutated into a program that isn't working for students, teachers, or parents. We need to end Common Core and replace it with local standards set by parents and teachers, not bureaucrats in Washington. Our students should graduate high school with critical thinking skills and the ability to adapt in a rapidly-changing world, not just the ability to fill in bubbles in a standardized test form.
As your Congressperson, I will push for legislation that will return control for our children’s education to local districts and schools. We should develop a functional voucher program that allows parents to make the decision of where their child is best educated. We should allow for greater school choice and incentivize schools that turn around a failed record.
We should reward teachers that excel and encourage a career change for teachers who continually fail our children. Too often good teachers aren’t given opportunities because of a failed tenure/seniority system. When I am in Congress, I will fight to give teachers a reason to teach. The best job security is not tenure; it is being irreplaceable because you are great at your job.