A Proactive Approach to Public Education

I believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Michigan’s education system is in a free fall and there is no safety net. Instead of retroactively attending to the needs of struggling students and schools, let’s get them off to a good start in the first place. I think we need universal pre-k. The long term benefits are so far reaching that not to invest in it, will cost us. Studies have shown that comprehensive early childhood education affects everything from college readiness, reading and math skills, to health, employment satisfaction, income, even crime rates. If we want to save Michigan taxpayers their hard earned money, we need to stop wasting it on for profit charter schools and programs that don’t work and are not accountable and put it where it really counts; on the front end. This is where we can get the most bang for our buck.

Expanding early childhood education also affects the income of stay at home parents. There are many people in this district who have young children at home and can’t afford to work because they can’t pay for daycare. Let’s put those kids in preschool and get those parents, especially single parents and women, back to work.

We must also ensure that graduating seniors are prepared for the real world. That means bringing back shop class, career and technical education, and respecting the choice to go into a skilled trade, supporting apprenticeship programs, and providing funding for community college that is not already covered by the federal government.

I support teachers and recognize the stranglehold that bad education policies have on their ability to get the job done. We need to give them the freedom and flexibility they need to take advantage of teachable moments and the resources they need to expand their own knowledge and qualifications. Strong teachers make strong schools. It’s time we partner with them and recognize their role and contribution to our society.

  • Restoring funding for our public neighborhood schools and ensuring that it is spent wisely
  • Holding charter schools accountable for the education needs of our children and getting rid of for-profit charter schools altogether.
  • Supporting teachers across Michigan by protecting salaries, benefits, and public pensions.
  • Focusing our spending on proactive education solutions including universal pre-k and resources for parents and families.
  • Ensuring that all students have the opportunity to complete post-secondary education programs and community college that will not put them into insurmountable debt.