Issue Position: Education

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Issues: Education

If our country is to be successful, our children and young adults must be prepared to compete in a global economy and to become tomorrow's leaders. Sadly, after years without accountability, it is clear that our education system is not doing enough.

We must create an educational system that emphasizes high standards, accountability for results, local control, transparency, and parental choice. I strongly believe that parents should have the tools available to them to provide the best possible education for their children. I support policies that empower parents, teachers and local schools rather than government bureaucrats. Federal funding should be distributed to the states with discretion to spend those funds on new, creative and accountable programs that will not only better educate our children and young adults, but also help control the skyrocketing cost of education.

Even as we focus on basic education for our children and young adults, it is critical that our educational system provide training and education for displaced workers and others seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce. Simply put, a trained workforce with skills to match the needs of our businesses will mean higher employment and successful businesses.

In my role as Senior Vice President in charge of Workforce Development at Ivy Tech (the state's largest community college system with 23 campuses throughout Indiana), I have had the privilege to work closely with businesses and local communities to improve the curriculum at local campuses to match the needs of local businesses. In Congress, I will build on my knowledge of our local communities and businesses to continue my commitment to a vastly-improved education system.