From crime to drug abuse to wealth inequality, so many of our nation’s problems can be traced back to inequitable education. People who receive a substandard education are statistically more likely to struggle later in life. We must proudly, staunchly defend our public education system.
I support more federal funding of education, allocated not on the basis of standardized test results, but rather on the idea that all students must be given the resources they need to succeed, no matter where they live. Because the majority of public school funding comes from local property taxes, and our communities have such wide wealth disparities, we also have wide education disparities. When a child’s future depends so much on the quality of the education they receive, we are essentially punishing children for being born into poor communities. That must change.
I do not unequivocally oppose charter schools, but I am against any proposal to reallocate public school money toward private or charter schools. I also believe we need to end the harmful practice of tying funding to test results. This leads to perverse incentives, wherein teachers focus all their attention on the kids near the threshold of passing the test, ignoring those at the top and bottom of the class.
Teachers are some of the most important professionals in the country, and it’s time we started treating them that way. They shouldn’t have to move into administrative roles they don’t really want just because it’s the only way to increase their salaries. They should be given the support they need to do the jobs they love for as long as they can. Our future depends on it.
Paid for and Authorized by Ryan Huffman for Congress