- The success of our community starts with education.
- We need to provide a well-trained workforce to bring in new employers and create the kind of middle class economy that built the community I grew up in.
- The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget rolls back education funding to 2008 levels. It cuts $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, eliminates at least 22 programs, and cuts the Dept of Education by over 13%. They will make it harder for millions of students to succeed and access higher education. That is simply unacceptable.
- We need to encourage high quality preschool programs and increase federal funding for pre-K. That is something our school district does through its Child Development programs.
- We need to work with educators in K-12 and junior colleges to encourage vocational education and apprenticeship programs that give all kids a shot at good paying jobs that can sustain a family and help build the middle class. Many of these programs are on the chopping block for funding in Congress, and I will fight to maintain them.
- Making college affordable – and helping kids actually get through the process – are priorities for me. Junior Colleges are vital to this process. I hear many complaints from students – many more of whom are on their own to plan for the future and apply for college – regarding the lack of classes, difficulty of the college application and financial aid process, and lack of counseling staff. I will fight for to make this process easier and more accessible.
- For students going to a CSU or UC, costs are increasingly putting college out of reach, and student debt is a crushing burden for too many young people starting out. I favor proposals to work with lenders to reduce student debt, refinance student loans at current, lower rates, and collapse the many options out there into a more consolidated and streamlined program that is easier to understand