Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code. The burden of paying for children's education must be split between the federal, state, and local government. For decades the state government has been contributing less than their fair share, leaving local governments to increase property taxes to foot the bill. This is unfair to homeowners. It perpetuates generational inequality. It's time to for the state to step up and make sure kids growing up in rural, urban, and suburban areas of Missouri are taken care of equally and prepared for the future. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids.
I support universal early childhood education, because investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in our future. Investing in early childhood education and childcare also positively impacts the economy and workforce by multiplying worker availability.
I also support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy. I believe our high schools should support students through a transition to trade school just as readily as they do the university transition, and that we need investments in high school workshops and trade classes.