Every child, no matter their ZIP code, deserves access to a quality public K-12 education and affordable post-secondary education. Our children’s lives are the fate of our economy. We know that as the global marketplace grows more competitive, we need to expand opportunities for quality education and useful job skills. I am dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to the education that ensures they can excel in an ever-evolving job market. Education is one of the most pressing issues in America’s future, and we cannot allow our country to fall behind in a global economy. We must prepare the next generation for the opportunity to reach that horizon and succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.
History has shown that Democratic leaders have been instrumental in championing the cause of quality public education. A landmark legislation, the G.I. Bill, was passed in 1944 by president Franklin Roosevelt that provided opportunities for higher education to World War II veterans. It was this G.I. Bill that defined the modern American middle class. With the objective of supplying a quality education to every child, a Democratic-controlled Congress under president Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 legislated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Recent Democratic legislative victories have further increased access to higher education, restructured and dramatically expanded college financial aid, and improved student outcomes. Furthermore, President Obama addressed the problem with big banks’ role in student loans in 2010 by signing into law student loan reform that removed their participation. To make it easier for students to pay back student loans, the Obama administration also doubled investment with Pell Grants reform.
All of this work to make quality education more accessible and in reach of every child hangs in the balance now. As Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos attempt to walk us back from these amazing leaps forward that we’ve made on education, we must keep fighting to elect Democrats who will advocate for education.
I am committed to investing in the needs of all students, from high-quality, affordable childcare and pre-kindergarten programs, continuing through fully-funded public schools, and finally onto post-secondary opportunities that will lead to a lifetime of success.
As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will fight to:
- Prioritize safe schools and help provide a weapons-free learning environment for all children
- Endorse and fund child mental health services
- Make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000 as well as make community colleges and trade schools tuition free
- Support the expansion of programs that provide tuition-free community and technical college and need-based financial aid for a path for debt-free graduation
- Protect Georgia’s public schools from privatization by supporting full and dedicated funding
Together, we can make a better Georgia.