Issue Position: Investing in Education and Opportunity For Our Kids

Issue Position

Every child -- no matter what zip code they are born in -- deserves a quality education. Investing in education, including K-12 and higher education, must be a priority because it will mean that Michigan remains competitive in a global economy. Ensuring that our children have the opportunity to go to college or get a technical certificate will mean that our state and country will have a well-trained workforce to attract the high-skilled, high-paying jobs of the twenty-first century.

In Congress, I introduced a comprehensive package of bills to help address a lack of positive opportunities for youth. One bill would preserve current funding levels for after school programs in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. It would also allow schools greater flexibility in offering various extracurricular activities that align with a child's school curriculum like physical fitness, art, music and STEM education. A second bill would support federal grants to ensure that young adults have the opportunity to get a summer job directly linked to their academic or occupational learning. Providing a safe after school space and a summer job will help to provide opportunity for youth in mid-Michigan.