Every child--no matter where they may live--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 our children. My legislation would invest in after school programs in communities like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. Providing a safe after school space and a summer job will help to provide opportunity for our kids in mid-Michigan. My legislation 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. It also supports federal grants to ensure that young adults have the opportunity to get a summer job directly linked to their academic or occupational learning. Congress should invest students to make our educational system the best in the world.