Education


Every child deserves equitable access to the education necessary to achieve their full potential. As a former educator at Chico State, I know first-hand the value of a high-quality education. I will support legislation that invests in our teachers and schools and develop partnerships with the private sector to enhance career and technical education and apprenticeship programs so students can be prepared for good-paying jobs in our district.


Priorities:

  • Increase availability of online courses, satellite campus, and partnerships for workforce and economic development
  • Student debt forgiveness programs for graduates entering the civil service and teaching careers
  • Strengthening the pipeline of the teaching workforce, including incentivizing teaching as a career through student loan forgiveness programs, mentoring, and continuing education
  • Advocating for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, as well as strengthening earn and learn pathways, using federal grants to support college students in achieving employable certificates, that can be used to earn higher wages while working on their university degree
  • Advocating for the expansion of dual or concurrent enrollment, allowing high school students to take college courses or earn industry certification while still in high school
  • Continuing support for key provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes flexibility for states, accountability of districts and schools, support for English Learners, and promoting a well-rounded education for all students
  • Increasing access to early childhood education, specifically preschool/pre-kindergarten and expanding Head Start
  • Incentivizing the development of elementary STEM programs designed to spark students’ interests in careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology
  • Proactive support for mental health education, including programming and resources to combat bullying, and increase suicide prevention, opioid education, and mental health resilience