A quality education is the key to economic prosperity. I was a public school teacher for 10 years and I know how important it is to have quality schools that provide children with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.
California schools have been ranked 49th in the nation in per pupil spending. We’ve seen too many budget cuts that have resulted in increased class sizes, teacher lay-offs and fewer resources for our classrooms. I will fight for increasing our portion of the State educator’s budget. At the same time, I will continue to oppose big payoffs for school administrators like we saw in Palmdale. Money should be going to our classrooms, not to buy out overpaid administrators.
As the Chair the Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges and a former trustee on the Antelope Valley Community College Board, I worked to expand higher education and job training programs.
The Antelope Valley has a high school graduation rate this is higher than the statewide average. Yet, our students have no opportunity to seek a four year degree at a public college or university locally. That’s wrong and just doesn’t make sense. I have worked to authorize a study on the feasibility of establishing a CSU satellite program and independent college campus – CSU Antelope Valley. It is time for the middle class students to get an economic break in tuition at the four year college. I am committed to creating college opportunities right here in the Antelope Valley.