My mother was a teacher, and my wife, Kathryn has taught Elementary School for 39 years, so I know the importance that our teachers play in student’s lives. Our education system serves our children best when the federal footprint is reduced, local control is restored, and parents and local education leaders are empowered to take control of their own education and hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students.
I understand the commitment and sacrifice our nation’s teachers make on a daily basis. Their dedication does not go unrecognized—the positive influence and selflessness that our educators possess is invaluable. Strengthening America’s education system is important in fostering innovation and promoting our economic security.
Currently, businesses across America are facing a severe talent shortage due to a lack of vocational education and technical training. I am partnering with schools and local businesses to address the skilled worker shortage and ensure our students have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century economy. One of my top priorities is promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs as a way to cultivate the skill sets needed in today’s workforce and connect students with more opportunities for good jobs at good wages.
STEM and CTE programs give students the opportunity to develop a practical skill set to succeed in the 21st-century job market. We can better prepare our professionals of tomorrow by increasing access to dual enrollment CTE training courses today so students can work toward certifications and credentials while still in high school. By taking less than two years, or sometimes even a few weeks to complete, these qualifications provide a more tangible approach to education and qualify students for well-paying jobs. We must better prepare our students and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in a global economy.
My mother was a teacher, and my wife, Kathryn has taught Elementary School for 39 years, so I know the importance that our teachers play in student’s lives. Our education system serves our children best when the federal footprint is reduced, local control is restored, and parents and […]Read More