We are failing our kids. Too often, federal laws – perhaps well-intentioned -- stymie innovation and change, locking our kids in mediocre or underperforming schools. America’s schools are not preparing kids to compete in the 21st Century world economy. We simply must do better.
- Instead of promoting innovation and enhancing the quality of public schools, the federal government too often demands a one-size-fits-all education policy. But what is good for a school in Illinois, might not be good for a school in Colorado.
- In its quest to be involved in every facet of American life, the federal government has reached its tentacles far too deep into the classroom. A massive federal bureaucracy is in the business of telling states and communities how to educate their kids.
- The federal government’s role in education policy-making and
funding should be limited. Education is and should be fundamentally a
state and local government responsibility. I will work to scale back
the federal government intrusiveness in education decision-making so
that states and communities are free to be responsive to the unique
needs and challenges of the children in their communities.
- I believe in choice and competition in schools. Underprivileged kids should not be trapped in underperforming schools. I strongly opposed Congressman Polis’ vote to end a successful and popular school choice program in Washington, D.C.