Issue Position: Education and Workforce Development

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016

As a lifelong teacher, Mark Takano will bring practical knowledge to Washington D.C. about which educational reforms work, and which don't. He is the only candidate with the knowledge skills and expertise to get the job done for our kids and our communities, by investing in the educational opportunities that strengthen -- and expand -- our Middle Class.

For more than 20 years, Mark Takano has worked on the front lines of public education as a teacher at Rialto High School. He recognizes that economic prosperity in the future requires a strong investment in education and workforce training today. Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy.

At RCC, Mark has expanded local job training programs and worked for job-creating local investments like the new medical school at UC Riverside.

Mark Takano will support efforts to strengthen elementary science and math education and will encourage partnerships between community colleges, high schools, and industry to create more engaging and challenging classroom instruction. Mark Takano will fight to expand Job Training and Career Technical Education, along the lines of a $500 million allocation, to provide students the resources to train for good-paying jobs earlier and prepare them for the jobs of the future.

In Congress, Mark Takano will continue to champion investments that create immediate jobs and train our workforce for the jobs of the future. He will work to build a Medical School at UCR and expand job training programs available at local colleges. He will fight to fix our schools and make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the future. He'll support projects and investments in our region that will attract and retain good-paying jobs.