Patrick is a strong believer in school choice, supporting charter schools and vouchers. He believes that parents should have the ability to move their children from underperforming schools to educational institutions of their choosing. He is also a strong believer in homeschooling, and will work to protect the rights of those who which to teach their children at home.
The cost of higher education and student debt are too high. Unfortunately, costs have been rising at institutions of higher learning at a rate far greater than inflation. We must embrace innovative ideas -- such as encouraging community colleges and state institutions to offer four-year degrees for $10,000.
The federal government has a role to play in education, but most of these decisions are best made at the local level, so that we can have an education system responsive to the needs of parents and students.