Our Children's Education
I believe everyone should have a fair shot at the American Dream. An education system that helps prepare our youth from “cradle to career’ is paramount if our youth—particularly the poorest and most disadvantaged—are going to have an equal chance.
I strongly support our public education system in North Carolina. We are blessed in Henderson, Transylvania, and Buncombe counties that so many incredibly passionate and talented teachers, principles, and support staff have chosen to educate our youth. Ensuring a bright future for our children requires that we support these teams of dedicated professionals. We must show them our appreciation and offer them our respect. They deserve an environment that empowers them to teach. We must change the complicated structure under which they operate. Another top priority for me is to remove the political partisanship that tends to get in the way of us serving our youngest citizens and their parents.
I strongly support the right for parents to have choices as to where they send their children to obtain their education. And I support their right to have a voice in determining the methods and the criteria by which they choose to see their children educated.
For those who do not wish to go on to a four-year college, I think it is important that our community colleges offer opportunities to help them become gainfully employed in the shortest amount of time possible and at a cost they can afford. I make it a priority for our university system to remain best-in-class and to wring out costs to help make it affordable.