Improving Our Education System

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela once. I wholeheartedly agree with him. It is because of this that I feel we must prioritize education in California to assure that we are prepared to lead that change.

As a society, education represents the ultimate investment in our future. Without it, we can’t or won’t have a strong or innovative economy nor will we continue to lead the world as a beacon of hope and opportunity. That’s why I firmly believe that ensuring that all Californians, regardless of who they are, where they come from or their socioeconomic status, ought to have the opportunity to receive a world-class education. In order to achieve this, we, as a state, must renew our commitment to investing in our future through education. That means more investments in local neighborhood schools so that we can reduce classroom sizes, hire more teachers, and increase the use of modern and cutting-edge technology inside the classroom. It also means expanding art and music programs and other extracurricular activities on and off campus, more funding for after-school programs to keep kids off the streets and out of gangs, as well as more vocational-related classes for students to prepare them for the working world. Beyond K-12 education, we should bolster access to early learning programs like Head Start and pre-Kindergarten to give our young children the best opportunities to success in school. And, when it comes to higher education, I believe that Community College ought to be free, and that our California State Universities and Universities of California should be more easily accessible for students of all backgrounds. They also ought to be more affordable and shouldn’t crush students with debt after they graduate. These are many of issues that I’ve worked on in the State Assembly and I plan to continue pursuing in the State Senate.