Some of our K-12 public school systems underperform. We need to work with underperforming schools and provide the necessary support and services to raise them to the level of academic excellence. Our children will have to compete globally; we owe it to them to provide the best education we can.
I believe parents can make the best decisions for their children. We support parents’ right to choose where to educate their children: in a public, private, or charter school, or through homeschooling. I support a strong focus on the fundamentals: reading, writing, math, science, history, and civics including 21st-century technology skills like coding. Finally, I support local and state control over educational standards and curriculum.
Massachusetts’ colleges and universities are the envy of the world. Our colleges and universities compete globally and succeed. Public schools should not be insulated from academic competition. I support efforts to make higher education more affordable for students and their families, such as expanding early college programs and paid internships.
While Massachusetts has one of the highest percentages of residents with college degrees, I recognize that not everyone should or wants to go to college. I see apprenticeship and trade schools as an alternative path to provide people with the opportunity to earn while they learn while also addressing the growing national trade skills gap. Instead of graduating college too often burdened by debt, apprentices are learning valuable skills and can be employed in a field with high demand for skilled employees.
I support all innovative and traditional apprenticeship programs, technical schools, trade schools, special interest technical schools, institutes and academies coupled with the myriad number of opportunities offered throughout all military branches of service.