LIZ'S PLAN FOR STRONG SCHOOLS
I have two children in public school, and I know the difference that great schools can make in our children’s lives. All of our children deserve a high-quality education.
With our teachers and schools under attack by Betsy DeVos's school privatization agenda, I'm making support for public education a top issue in my platform. We've seen the power of public education in our own family, and I will protect the rights of children in southern Indiana and across the nation to a high-quality, free public education that meets their needs.
After we had our first child, we planned to send him to the wonderful local public school in our neighborhood. But sometimes life gets in the way of your best-laid plans. We were advised by professionals to put our child in a classroom with a small class size. We couldn't get that in our local public school.
So we put our child in a private school with a very low student-teacher ratio for two years. I volunteered at the school--mainly I was in charge of taking kids to the bathroom during track practice. But it turned out to be a mistake to have put our child in private school. We moved our child to public school in first grade, and he's been in public school ever since. Our younger child has been in public school since she started kindergarten.
Our family has seen firsthand how fantastic public schools can be at meeting the needs of every child, and that's in large part because they are required by federal law to serve everyone. I am a proud supporter of public schools not only because of the difference they've made in my children's lives, but because of the doors they open up for all of us.
At every level—from early childhood education and pre-K through community and four-year college—we must ensure that we are supporting our students and teachers.
Public schools are often the hub of community activity in many of our small towns in southern Indiana. When our schools shut down, this hurts whole communities. We need to make certain that every public school has the resources it needs to help our children thrive. We must support early learning and pre-K for our youngest learners, continue to develop a strong and thriving career and technical education program in Indiana, support our community college system in training students for today’s in-demand jobs, and address the skyrocketing costs of higher education.
My dad went to college at Indiana University on the G.I. bill after serving in the U.S. Navy. He was able to do this even though his family lived paycheck to paycheck and his mother did not have a high school diploma. That opportunity gave our family a shot at the American Dream, and it would not have been possible if the federal government had not invested in his future and in the future of our family. I believe that we must strengthen educational opportunities for our students—from pre-K through affordable two and four-year colleges. Our kids are counting on us, and we cannot let them down.