Both K-12 and higher education are the cornerstone of our success and position in the world. I can’t think of another investment which provides the same consistent returns year after year on both a personal and collective basis. Recent trends in funding, affordability, and concerns of access in a safe and secure environment are disquieting. This is an issue of importance and urgency at all levels. A focus on children and young adults most at risk is simply the right thing to do and makes fiscal sense in the long run. Rational policy is integral to the health of all communities. Higher incomes, improved standard of living, and reductions in crime are direct dividends. This issue needs to return to the forefront of the political and legislative agenda. In regards to college debt, meaningful action must be taken to reduce the upfront costs of Education, as well as to address the current student debt crisis.

The right approach to Education starts here:

Broad increases in funding

  • We must have a K-12 standard of education for every child in every community that remains constant. We cannot have lower standards of education in lower income and otherwise disadvantaged communities.
  • We must pay our teachers wages that reflect the sanctity and responsibility of the positions they hold in our societies, as the direct educators of our next generations; of our legacy.
  • Funding would ensure that the technological capabilities and capacities of our schools keep up with the changing times, in order for our students and faculty to take advantage of the many advancements that make both teaching and learning easier and more effective.

Redefine benchmarks and teaching strategies for K-12

  • There should remain certain standards by which to measure student/teacher/district knowledge and performance.
  • Some “No child left behind” policies should be eliminated. “No child left behind” sounds pleasant and admirable, but a consequence of these policies is that we neglect to focus on an individual child’s educational needs.
  • We need lesson plans and strategies that are as varied, complex and unique as the students who will receive them.

Funding solutions for higher education

  • There are many ways to address the $1,520,000,000,000.00 ($1.52 trillion) of debt that is currently held by college graduates just beginning their adult lives.
  • Government subsidies, interest free borrowing, free programs that are in our collective social and economic interest, etc.
  • We must come to the realization that over time, without some sort of assistance, it will become less and less likely for a young person entering into our world to succeed.

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