We must regain our status as #1 in educational excellence. The quality of California’s future workforce and, therefore, the strength of our economy depends on it. I am a strong advocate of education as the pathway to opportunity and economic strength.
To improve education, lower drop-out rates, and increase college-going rates, I am a strong proponent of local control. Local school boards should be empowered to choose how to best allocate education funds rather than state agencies. By streamlining education bureaucracies and empowering local school districts, more money can be directed into the classroom. In addition, public schools should be given the same amount of flexibility that charter schools currently have in order to attain educational excellence.
I am also a strong defender of parental rights, and believe that parents should play an active role in their children’s education. We have a responsibility to our children to strip away bureaucracy and to give them top-quality education so they have the opportunity to compete at top levels.