Supporting true education investment and strong improvements.
Culturally, we have devalued education. We claim to be pro-teacher, then allow budgets to undermine their salaries and resources.
No other institution so respected and revered by American society is given so little. As a country, voters from both parties have allowed our schools to crumble, our classes to be overcrowded, and art, science, and physical education to largely disappear from elementary education.
In this economy, we must do more than lip service to our children’s needs. We must provide resources and options. We can’t afford to cut any more from our system, nor can we afford to eliminate the Department of Education, as my opponent advocates. In contrast, I believe it is in our national interest to reinvest in our children, which is critical to our future growth.
The hundreds of billions of dollars we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild their countries should be returned home, where in part, it can be used to fulfill our long promised commitment to education. We must properly provide for our children's education from Pre-K through PhD, including trade schools, community college, and all levels of vocational training.